Arizona July 10, 2017
6 Waterfall Swimming Holes In Arizona That Will Make Your Summer Complete
If you want to make your next swimming adventure a memorable one, then you will love finding swimming spots with natural waterfalls attached. And guess what? We’ve already done most of the research so check out these six swimming holes in Arizona that will make a hot day a little more bearable.
1. Elves Chasm
We're starting this list with a delightful little swimming hole located deep in the Grand Canyon, accessible via a long hike or (more commonly) through a kayak trip. Only a tiny portion of people who visit the Grand Canyon ever make it to this little oasis, so you'll find this to be a delightful find.
You can read more about visiting Elves Chasm
in a previous article
2. Fossil Creek
Located on the Mogollon Rim, this is an incredibly popular swimming area for Arizonans and one currently undergoing preservation efforts by the Forest Service. Get a permit in advance so you don't get turned away from this little slice of paradise.
If you want to know more about Fossil Creek, you can read about it
in a previous article
3. Havasu Falls
At one time, Havasu Falls was a true hidden gem that required a long hike into an abyss few people ventured into. These days, you'll find plenty of people hiking down the canyon with a permit in hand and some even opt to
ride a helicopter
down for a quick day trip. However you decide to visit, you will love the striking colors of the rocks and water as the waterfall roars down a cliff.
To read more about Havasu Falls, read
read this article
featured last year.
4. Mooney Falls
Mooney Falls is located a little over a mile beyond Havasu Falls, and is taller and slightly less crowded than the previous spot. However, beware descending the cliff via the ladder as the combination of slippery surfaces and a steep cliff can make it a difficult trek.
5. Slide Rock
If big waterfalls and heights scare you, then you may enjoy this popular Arizona summer destination. Slide Rock State Park is located a few miles north of Sedona and is one of the coolest swimming areas you will find! While the waterfalls may not be particularly prominent, it is perfect for cooling off in the summer heat.
You can read more about visiting Slide Rock
in this article
6. Water Wheel
The final spot on our list is also called Ellison Creek Cascades and what you see pictured is just one of the waterfalls you'll find at this Mogollon Rim retreat. It does require a short hike to access but it's worth the effort.
Prefer to dip your toes into a creek? Read some suggestions in
10 Picture Perfect Creeks In Arizona You’ll Want To Visit This Summer.