Arizona is one of the best destinations in the USA for all things nature and breathtaking landscapes. If you’re anything like me, you probably love spending days by the water, and planning an itinerary that involves as many waterfalls as possible is my idea of the perfect road trip!
I recently set out to travel across the country on an RV, and of course, spending time exploring Arizona was what I was looking forward to the most! Not only is this state lined by jaw-dropping desert views, but the waterfalls you get to see all over the place are just out of this world!
I decided to round up a list of my favorite Arizona waterfalls for you to create a perfect itinerary!
The Most Beautiful Arizona Waterfalls:
Located in the Havasupai Reservation in Grand Canyon National Park, Havasu Falls are one of the most emblematic landscapes of Arizona, so it naturally had to make it to the list! Backdropped by an orange canyon year-round, what makes these falls so special is the turquoise water of the pools down below (which yes, you can swim in!)
2. Navajo Falls
If you’ve done even just a five-minute research of the best things to do in Arizona, you probably already know that Supai is a must on your itinerary! Part of what makes Supai so special is the wonderful repertoire of waterfalls it offers, and my favorite by far is Navajo Falls!
Set neat Havasu Falls, this waterfall is probably one of the newest in the world. What’s best? It boasts a deep pool at the bottom which makes it the perfect spot to jump from the cliffs and swim with a stunning view in the background.
3. Pacheta Falls
Dropping 130 feet over a cliff, Pacheta Falls is one of the largest and most beautiful waterfalls in Arizona. Surrounded by the White Mountains, these falls are sort of like a hidden gem in the area, so it’s your go-to if you want to avoid big crowds.
4. Grand Falls
Grand Falls, is a 181-feet tall waterfall that is just out of this world! To see them at their best, you must visit Arizona during the monsoon season or right after the snow melts after winter – when they roar to life.
These falls are located in the Painted Desert in the Navajo Nation. What makes this waterfall so unique is its muddy color, which is why they’re often called ‘Chocolate Waterfall’!
5. Apache Falls
Part of the Salt River Canyon in San Carlos, Apache Falls is one of Arizona’s biggest gems. To get to them, you must hike a 1-mile trail, so anyone with a decent fitness level can reach them. Thanks to them being part of a river, the flow is decent year-round, so this is one of the best Arizona waterfalls to put on your bucket list if you’re still not sure when you’ll plan your trip for!
6. Ribbon Falls
If you’re visiting the Grand Canyon National Park and want to maximize your time here with some extra activities, you must hike to see Ribbon Falls! The hike takes about a day from North Rim, Arizona (16.8 miles in total!), but once you get there, the view is so, so worth the effort, especially if you’ve always dreamed of walking behind a waterfall!
7. Beaver Falls
Set in Supai, Arizona (shocker!), Beaver Falls is a must on your itinerary! Not only are the waterfalls a treat year-round, but what makes this one so unique is the fact that it’s a “meandering fall”, meaning that it doesn’t plunge down, but rather falls over several sections and boulders and boasts several pools that section it.
And that’s my list! Even though there are so many wonderful waterfalls in Arizona, I think these are the very best and the ones you absolutely don’t want to miss! If you’re short on time, I recommend making the ones in Supai a priority – you can visit several in a day or create a hiking itinerary that connects a few of them to maximize your time and get to see and many as possible in one go!
What are some other stunning Arizona waterfalls I should visit next? Let me know in the comments section below!