American Southwest Waterfalls (USA) - California, Utah, Arizona

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American Southwest Waterfalls bely the arid and unforgiving climate of the deserts that dominate this region of the United States. It definitely wasn't a region that we came in expecting to find incredible waterfalls nestled in hidden oases deep within the sandstone wilderness.

As far as this website is concerned, the American Southwest region encompasses the states of California (which has its own special page), Utah, Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, and New Mexico. We're also throwing in Hawaii since it's west of California and owns the southernmost point in the country. While each of these states has its share of a diverse range of ecosystems and climates, it is the large desert ecosystem that they all share (except for Hawaii) and is the main reason why these states comprise this geographical region.

While deserts were one of the last places we had expected to find a waterfall, that was when Nature taught us a thing or two about how water and life can exist around springs that gave rise to such splendors as Havasu Falls near the Grand Canyon, Lower Calf Creek Falls in the Grand Staircase, and even other desert surprises like Darwin Falls in Death Valley.

While we had to work a little harder to find such desert oases, it also gave us a chance to experience the subtle beauty of the American Southwest - whether it's canyons, deserts, or lakes. We not only found hardy wildlife that have made these places home, but we were also inspired by tall sandstone cliffs and spires as well as natural arches and bridges that made for great hiking destinations whether waterfalls were flowing or not.

It's true that American Southwest Waterfalls are indeed rare. However, we've found a few that we think would beckon you to escape the arid heat and enjoy scenery unlike that which waterfall lovers would be used to seeing...

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Some of the waterfalls in this region were considered amongst our favorites and thus have made one or more of our top 10 lists. To see which of these lists have featured waterfalls from this region, see below!

Top 10 Waterfalls of the USA

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Below are the waterfall subregions that we've been to. Click on a subregion for more details about the area and its waterfalls.

Havasu Falls in the Havasupai Indian Reservation of the Grand Canyon Arizona: This state conjures up images of cacti, canyons, sandstones, meteor craters, and even a volcano. However, its claim to fame is undoubtedly the Grand Canyon, and you'll be shocked to discover that this world wonder has some of the most impossibly scenic waterfalls in existence!

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Peppermint Falls in the Sequoia National Forest California: Our home state is home to a variety of waterfalls as well as a diversity of sights, sounds, cultures, and activities. Indeed this state has got the arid deserts in the rain shadow of the Sierras as well as beaches and coastlines as well as volcanoes and redwood forests. So add it all up and we had to devote a special region just devoted to the Golden State!

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Maunawili Falls in O'ahu Hawaii: The Aloha State is what many consider to be our country's own version of paradise. After all, it's got surf, sand, nightlife, resorts, and let's not forget, it has also got plenty of waterfalls! Indeed, each island that comprises this state is unique in its own way and the same can be said of its waterfalls. There are so many waterfalls that we've visited in this state that we devoted a special region just for the these islands!

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Lower Calf Creek Falls in the Grand Staircase National Monument Utah: This Mormon-influenced state features some of the most incredible desert and canyon scenery in the wild west. In addition to natural arches and bridges as well as precipitous sandstone canyons, you'll also find waterfalls. Such waterfalls include the tall and colorful types as well as the hidden and mysterious types found in narrow slot canyons.

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New Waterfall in Havasu Canyon Reader Submissions: We can't possibly visit every single waterfall in the American Southwest. Fortunately, there are readers kind enough to share their knowledge and experiences by writing up their own guides for those waterfalls that we haven't been to.

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Are you researching for an upcoming trip to this region? We've got additional information concerning non-waterfall attractions, our own travel stories, reviews of books and maps, or even writeups concerning the logistics of what it takes to come here and what to expect! Check out the following links...

Dead Horse Point American Southwest's Other Attractions: There's more to the American Southwest than waterfalls. If you're curious about the area's other natural attractions or you're suffering from waterfall fatigue, have a look! [read more]

The Narrows American Southwest Travel Stories: Read about the stories behind the World of Waterfalls. See the American Southwest through our eyes while becoming more informed about this beautiful region. In this section, you will find travel journals that will leave you laughing, smiling, curious, or just about all the emotions you'd expect when you're traveling to an unknown place. [read more]

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