Top 10 Waterfalls in Arizona

Published on August 29th, 2021

It might be a joke that Arizona boasts no waterfront property — but if you’re looking for waterfalls, this rugged red-rock landscape is chock full. Cascading blue water looks even more beautiful against this dynamic backdrop, and many of these hikes involve lengthy journeys and hikes that make them that much sweeter of a reward — especially on a hot, dry Arizona day.

Top 10 Waterfalls in Arizona

1. Havasu Falls

2. Beaver Falls

3. Mooney Falls

4. Ribbon Falls

5. Fossil Creek Falls

6. Cibecue Falls

7. Apache Falls

8. Romero Pools

9. Tanque Verde Falls

10. Seven Falls

Visiting Waterfalls in Arizona

Here are the ten most unmissable waterfalls for your next RV journey through Arizona!

1. Havasu Falls

Beautiful Havasu Falls,Supai, Arizona

If there’s one waterfall you’ve heard of in Arizona, chances are it’s Havasu Falls. Nestled into the Havasupai Indian Reservation in the northwestern quadrant of the state, this dramatic waterfall isn’t the easiest to get to: it requires a hike of at least 20 miles round trip and 2000 feet of elevation gain, and because it’s on protected Native lands, reservations must be made ahead of time for all hikers. No day hiking is allowed; this is an overnight trek only — and even just getting to the trailhead is a bit of an ordeal, given its remote location. That said, it’s all worth it once you arrive and see for yourself the blue-green waters that the Havasupai people took their name from.

Things to do near Havasu Falls: Located approximately four hours’ drive from the South Rim complex of Grand Canyon National Park, Havasu Falls and its surrounding wildernesses are pretty far off the beaten path — which makes them a great opportunity for RV camping. Here are some great local rigs to consider, and some campgrounds to check out in the greater area!

2. Beaver Falls

Woman walking along Beaver Falls in Havasupai reservation, Arizona

Located along Havasu Creek just a few miles north of Havasu Falls, Beaver Falls is another well-protected and untouched natural landscape in this area to put on your must-see list. Rather than a singular, powerful column of water, like Havasu Falls, Beaver Falls is a gentler but no less breathtaking series of cascades, flowing endlessly over ancient limestone terraces. Just like with Havasu Falls, you’ll need a permit to take on this once-in-a-lifetime hiking destination, and again, no day hiking is permitted — overnights only. Permits can be obtained at this website, and keep in mind that it’s a worldwide competition to get them; you may have to try for a while!

Things to do near Beaver Falls: Once again, this wild landscape is the main draw to this part of the state — there’s certainly not much in the way of urban development. There are, however, some excellent RVshare rentals to consider and some great nearby campgrounds, and all of Grand Canyon National Park to add to your itinerary!

3. Mooney Falls

Only way in and out of Mooney Falls of Havasu Falls, Grand Canyon, Arizona

Okay, okay — we promise that after this waterfall, we’re done fanning out about the Havasupai Reservation waterfalls. But if you’re lucky enough to get permits and you’ve got Havasu Falls and Beaver Falls on your list, Mooney Falls is literally on the way, and another waterfall that’s worthy of being its own destination. Plunging 100 feet down into the turquoise pool below, which offers a beach convenient for wading into the chilly high-desert waters, Mooney Falls is considered by some to be the most majestic of all the waterfalls in the Grand Canyon, and there are many. Long story short: you don’t want to miss it!

Things to do near Mooney Falls: You know the drill at this point. Check out the eastern end of the canyon at Grand Canyon National Park and make your stay comfortable and cozy with these RVshare rentals and some excellent nearby parks!

4. Ribbon Falls

Grand Canyon National Park Ribbon Falls waterfall

Another Grand Canyon waterfall, but this time on NPS property rather than Indian Reservation land, Ribbon Falls is accessed via N. Kaibab Trail, which runs along Bright Angel Creek on the northern side of the Colorado River. All of which is to say: this is still a very remote waterfall that requires some tough and time-consuming hiking to reach, and is best accessed from the Grand Canyon’s North Rim, which is much less developed and harder to get to. That said, once you arrive, it’s all worth it: a cascade that truly resembles a ribbon of water pouring into a red stone grotto. At almost 17 miles and over 4,500 feet of elevation gain round trip, we do recommend making this one into an overnight… and besides, why wouldn’t you want to spend some time enjoying what you worked so hard to get to?

Things to do near Ribbon Falls: While the North Rim is significantly less developed, for some campers, that’s just the right speed, and there are still some great places to pull up an RVshare rental (though you might not have hookups). If you’re looking for something more like a glamping trip, head to the complex of visitor amenities built up on Grand Canyon National Park‘s south rim. Oh, and here are some more RV parks to consider!

5. Fossil Creek Falls

Fossil Creek falls in Strawberry AZ

Relatively small, compared to some of the sweeping Grand Canyon falls we’ve named, but still sweet and well worth the visit, Fossil Creek Falls is tucked into the vast expanse of wilderness to the southeast of Flagstaff, almost smack in the middle of Coconino National Forest and Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest. While these falls do still require a hike to get to them, they’re not quite as daunting as the ones we’ve listed so far: the path is a reasonable 2.6 miles round trip, and at less than 250 feet in elevation gain, it’s easy enough for a wide variety of visitors, even strong kids. Wading and swimming in the pool below the falls is popular, and a great way to cool off on a scorching Arizona day. Do be aware that the way to the trailhead might be the most difficult part of the whole adventure; for best results, you want to be driving a high-clearance vehicle, preferably with four-wheel drive.

Things to do near Fossil Creek Falls: Conveniently located within an easy drive of many Arizona cities, from Flagstaff to Sedona to Prescott and Prescott Valley, it’s no wonder that Fossil Creek Falls is such a popular getaway. The smaller nearby towns of Strawberry and Pine have some interesting history to explore, too; here are some local RVshare rentals to consider.

6. Cibecue Falls

Cibecue Falls and Salt River landscapes in Arizona

Drive east out of Phoenix and you’ll find yourself deep in the desert wilderness, with plenty of hidden gems waiting for those who know how to find them. One of those hidden gems? Cibecue Falls, which lies along the creek of the same name, an outcropping of the larger Salt River. This 30-foot-high cascade pours over a red stone canyon into the water below and is accessible via a reasonable hike of about four round-trip miles and  a little more than 600 feet in elevation gain. It’ll get you sweating, but it won’t leave you so worn out you won’t be able to enjoy the destination once you get there, which is likely to be one of the most beautiful sights you’ve ever seen.

Things to do near Cibecue Falls: About two and a half hours east of the greater Phoenix area, this hike is certainly not a quick after-work workout… but it’s accessible enough to make for a great wilderness weekend getaway from the city. Do be aware this waterfall is on Native American lands, so be respectful when you visit and pack out everything you pack in. Here are some local RVshare rentals to consider.

7. Apache Falls

Scenic Landscape with flowing river and dramatic sky. Lower salt river, Arizona, USA.
Beautiful landscape along the Salt River

Another gorgeous waterfall nestled along the Salt River, Apache Falls is a relatively small, gentle waterfall that only requires a relatively small, gentle hike. It’s about a mile to the falls from the parking area, and only about 100 feet of elevation gain, making this a great fall to consider if you’re traveling with young children or otherwise aren’t accustomed to walking long distances. What’s more, this part of the Salt River is a popular destination for a variety of reasons along with these falls, including white water rafting, photographic canyon viewpoints, and more. You can even string this fall into a longer hike on the way to Cibecue Falls, if you’re looking for a real adventure!

Things to do near Apache Falls: Part of the Fort Apache Reservation just east of Phoenix, Apache Falls is close enough to the big city for you to get your needs met while still feeling far enough afield to make for a great getaway. Here are some RVshare rentals in the area to check out if you want to travel in comfort and style!

8. Romero Pools

The sun rises above Mt. Lemmon, AZ.
The Mt Lemmon wilderness in which Romero Pools waits

Mount Lemmon stands sentinel along the north edge of Tucson’s skyline, and along with it, there are some incredible outdoor wilderness areas to explore — including Romero Pools. These pools are fed by a beautiful waterfall and also offer an excellent chance for visitors to cool off from the hot desert sun, all accessible by a challenging but doable hiking trail of approximately six round-trip miles and a little more than 1,300 feet of elevation gain. Along with the worthy destination at the end, this trail is also known for its stunning views, beautiful wildflowers (when it’s the right season), and ample wildlife spotting opportunities.

Things to do near Romero Pools: Experienced outdoor adventurers might take on the multi-day Mt. Lemmon Summit Loop, or choose a portion of it to do as a day hike. And, of course, it’s all right outside of the vast landscape of Tucson, which offers so many exciting attractions and to-dos. Here are the best RVshare rentals in the area, as well as some great campgrounds in the vicinity of Tucson.

9. Tanque Verde Falls

A waterfall along the beautiful Pima Canyon hiking trail in the Sonoran Desert. Southwestern landscape with blue sky, mountains, stone and running water. Catalina Mountains, Tucson, Arizona. 2019.

Another gorgeous hidden gem of a destination right outside of Tucson, Tanque Verde Falls’ name translates to “green tank” after the algae that grew in a large water stock tank that was kept in the area in the late 19th century. However, today, the landscape is the greenest thing about these falls — and there are actually several sets, ranging from 30 to 80 feet above the pools and waters below, which are perfect place for swimming, bathing, or simply cooling off from the hot desert sun. The trail to the falls is only about a mile or two long and sees relatively little elevation gain, though there are still some ups and downs. The view at the end makes it all worth it!

Things to do near Tanque Verde Falls: Along with the waterfalls and their pools, the Tanque Verde area is also home to a beach perfect for soaking up some sun rays (though we still recommend using ample SPF). It’s all just a few miles east of Tucson in the beautiful desert that city watches its sunrise in; here are some local RVshare rentals and campgrounds to consider.

10. Seven Falls

The Seven Falls Trail, Santa Catalina Mountains,Tuscon, Arizona, North America

One of the most popular hikes outside of Tucson is the one that takes you up through the Sabino Canyon Recreation Area toward this splendid cascade, which offers not just one, but two pools to splash around in. You’ll be ready for the break once you get there: although not too intense, the hike to Seven Falls along Bear Canyon does run a little more than four miles one way, pulling slowly but steadily up until you’ve scaled about a thousand vertical feet. So pack a towel so that once you arrive at your destination, you’ll be able to thoroughly enjoy not just the scenery, but the physical relaxation the cool pools can offer. And hey, if you don’t want to do the whole hike back, there’s a shuttle that can cover some of the distance for you!

Things to do near Seven Falls: The best part of this beautiful and doable hike is that it’s all less than an hour outside of downtown Tucson, easily accessible to a wide range of locals and visitors alike. Tucson itself is home to all sorts of fine cuisine, museums, and more attractions, not to mention Saguaro National Park over on the west side of the city. Here are some local RVshare rentals and campgrounds to consider!

Planning an RV Trip to Arizona

As stunning as Arizona’s waterfalls may be, they’re far from the only reason to make a trip to what’s sometimes called The Copper State. This landscape is awash with interesting plants and animals, tons of culture and history, and, of course, ample sunshine all year round.

Here are the best peer-to-peer RV rentals in the state of Arizona so you can take your road trip the cozy way, as well as the best campgrounds and state parks to see and stay in. We’ve also penned guides to Arizona’s biggest metropolitan areas, as well as its biggest NPS-managed sites: Grand Canyon National Park, Petrified Forest National Park, and Saguaro National Park.

Enjoy the sun — and those wonderful waterfalls!

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