The Arizona Trail That Leads To A Stairway Waterfall Is Heaven On Earth

Arizona is home to more unique rock formations than we can count, but this one just might be the most enchanting. Head to Water Wheel Campground in Payson to embark on a hike that leads to a mystical staircase resembling a scene from J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. Check it out:

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As there’s not an official trail to this site, the easiest way to find it is by routing your GPS to Water Wheel Campground in Payson and park there. Take the northernmost path from the lot and you’re on your way! Here’s a map to help:

Please note: although beautiful, this area is prone to flash floods and claimed the lives of an entire family years ago. We strongly implore you to check the forecast before heading out and remain alert and aware while you’re exploring.

Have you ever taken this hike before? Are there other lesser-known trails in Arizona that lead to unique destinations? Share your recommendations in the comments below, and don’t forget to share photos of your adventures on our Arizona Nature Lovers Facebook group!