Grand Falls

Navajo Reservation / Flagstaff, Arizona, USA

About Grand Falls


Hiking Distance: 1/2 mile round trip (to base)
Suggested Time: 30 minutes (to base)

Date first visited: 2009-03-13
Date last visited: 2022-10-08

Waterfall Latitude: 35.42823
Waterfall Longitude: -111.20128

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Grand Falls was certainly one of the most attractive waterfalls that we’ve seen in the US (let alone the American Southwest region).

What made this proclaimed 181ft waterfall so attractive was its width combined with the multiple terrace-like drops before plunging in at least two taller leaps.

Grand_Falls_025_03132009 - Grand Falls
Grand Falls

In addition to the waterfall’s dimensions, the surrounding scenery seemed to be a microcosm of the mighty Grand Canyon itself as we were literally looking into a mini-gorge with intriguing Grand Canyon-like cliffs.

And like the extensive Colorado River, the Little Colorado River possessed a muddy color which gave this waterfall its chocolate-like appearance (especially when it flows during the monsoon).

With some imagination, this waterfall could’ve appeared in Willy Wonka’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory movie given its “Chocolate Falls” characteristic.

So when we considered all the rather memorable and unusual aspects about this waterfall, it was no wonder why Julie and I found this waterfall to stand out.

Grand_Falls_125_10082022 - Angled frontal view of Grand Falls during an extended monsoon as seen in early October 2022
Angled frontal view of Grand Falls during an extended monsoon as seen in early October 2022


We even included it on our Top 10 Best USA Waterfalls List at one point in time (before our waterfalling survey expanded to more states)!

Conditions for Grand Falls to put on a show

Now while we’ve hurled a bunch of superlatives at the Grand Falls, there are a pair of caveats that you really need to be aware of to avoid disappointment.

First, we had to time our visit because the Little Colorado River has a narrow window for it to flow well enough for this waterfall to put on a show.

Second, we had to know how to find this place because in years past (which was especially the case when we first came here in March 2009), Grand Falls was not well signed (see the driving directions below).

Grand_Falls_079_03132009 - A faint rainbow arcing before the Grand Falls when it was flowing in March 2009
A faint rainbow arcing before the Grand Falls when it was flowing in March 2009

It certainly helped us to have a detailed topographic map of the area (I used Gaia GPS as that additional aid).

As for timing a visit to this waterfall, there are a couple of “seasons” providing a greater chance of success at experiencing Grand Falls in good flow.

The first narrow window typically occurs around the March through April time frame (and possibly May), but even this depends on how much snow had accumulated in the White Mountains further to the southeast.

One lazy indicator about whether you can expect snow runoff to flow into the Little Colorado River is to visually look to see if there’s snow in the San Francisco Peaks, which rises just north of Flagstaff.

Grand_Falls_18_015_03302018 - Grand Falls when it wasn't flowing on our visit in late March 2018
Grand Falls when it wasn’t flowing on our visit in late March 2018

However, in some drier years, this window may never open at all for the season, and this was exactly what happened to us when Mom and I witnessed this waterfall not flowing in late March 2018.

The second narrow window typically occurs during the monsoon (mid- to late Summer and sometimes into early Autumn), which is when this region of Northern Arizona gets most of its rain in the form of pop-up afternoon thunderstorms.

Unlike in the Spring, where the flow of the Little Colorado River more or less has continuous flow, the monsoonal flow typically comes in waves of flash floods.

Therefore, the timing of a visit during the monsoon needs even more precision because the water can come and go within a matter of a couple of days after the last major flash flood event.

LittleColoradoRiverStreamFlowSnapshot.gif - Snapshot of the USGS Stream Gauge Indicator of the Little Colorado River at Winslow with the marker showing the flow at 1020 cubic feet per second as of 9:15am Mountain Time (Navajo Tribal Land uses MST unlike the rest of Arizona) during our October 8, 2022 visit. Notice how quickly the flow dissipates after the major peaks

There is a USGS (US Geological Survey) stream gauge indicator monitoring the flow of the Little Colorado River at Winslow, Arizona, which you can see for yourself here.

The general rule of thumb is that Grand Falls should have enough water to put on a show if the flow is above 200 cubic feet per second.

From what I’ve noticed when looking at the historical data at the Winslow gauge, you generally have about a dry two-day window following a major flash flood event before the river flow is too low.

Of course, if you are trying to time a visit and be there during a flash flooding event, you must be cognizant of the road hazards, especially if parts of the unpaved road to get there become flooded.

Grand_Falls_030_10082022 - Grand Falls in its muddier monsoonal flow as seen in early October 2022. Compare this against the first photo beneath the title near the top of this post, which was taken in March 2009
Grand Falls in its muddier monsoonal flow as seen in early October 2022. Compare this against the first photo beneath the title near the top of this post, which was taken in March 2009

Finally, I want to mention that there is a difference in the appearance of Grand Falls in its Spring snowmelt flow versus its monsoonal flash-flood flow.

If you look at the photo above (which took place during the monsoon), you can see that Grand Falls had a muddier and more “chocolate” appearance compared to the photos taken in the Spring of 2009.

I attribute this to how flash flooding tends to scour the riverbanks and bedrock thereby making the river siltier compared to the more steadier flow from snow melt.

Experiencing Grand Falls

So once managed to find the parking area (see directions below), we were essentially at the top of the Grand Falls.

Grand_Falls_161_03132009 - Looking over the brink of Grand Falls from the upper parking area, where the Little Colorado River exhibited little 'steps' before making its big plunge
Looking over the brink of Grand Falls from the upper parking area, where the Little Colorado River exhibited little ‘steps’ before making its big plunge

Actually, this was the upper parking area, and there’s a lower one almost directly opposite the Grand Falls itself.

However, I wouldn’t recommend taking a low-clearance passenger vehicle down to that spot.

Personally, I’d recommend leaving the car up at the upper lot because it allows you to walk along the head of the gorge down to the lower parking area while experiencing all the lookout gazebos along the way.

During our visit in October 2022 (especially given the post COVID-19 pandemic outbreak hype in recent years), I noticed many people drive right down to the lower lot and not bother checking out the intermediate gazebos along the way.

Grand_Falls_039_10082022 - Looking back at a combination of lookout gazebos and picnic shelters nearby the upper parking area for Grand Falls
Looking back at a combination of lookout gazebos and picnic shelters nearby the upper parking area for Grand Falls

I think those people really missed out because it’s only a short walk (maybe 15 minutes or less without stops) between the two parking areas.

In fact, the attractive profile views where the Grand Falls can be seen together with the outflow of the Little Colorado River could be had from the second or third cliff top lookout gazebo!

Now if Grand Falls is in high flow, there’s inevitably going to be mist thrown up by the waterfall itself.

One thing about this mist, which we found out the hard way, was that it tends to leave behind sticky muddy deposits that’s hard to get off.

Grand_Falls_066_10082022 - Closer look at sticky mud spots deposited on Julie's iPhone courtesy of the spray coming from Grand Falls during its monsoonal flow state
Closer look at sticky mud spots deposited on Julie’s iPhone courtesy of the spray coming from Grand Falls during its monsoonal flow state

So that’s one thing to keep in mind should you decide to go into the waterfall’s mist zone.

Finally, perhaps even more amazing to me about the Grand Falls is that of all the people I saw coming and going to the lower parking area, no one went to the bottom of the falls.

I think the primary reason why is that the route to the bottom is unsigned, and it’s an unsanctioned scramble.

Accessing The Bottom Of Grand Falls

While the scramble to the bottom of Grand Falls is not as sketchy as you might think, there are a couple of key things to remember.

Grand_Falls_106_10082022 - Intriguing basalt rocks at the bottom of Grand Falls
Intriguing basalt rocks at the bottom of Grand Falls

First, you’ll want to be wearing shoes with good grip like legitimate hiking boots or at least grippy trail runners.

This is especially when you consider how muddy the terrain can be as well as the fragility and instability of the cliffs surrounding the Little Colorado River.

Moreover, you’ll certainly want to be patient and not giving into making hasty decisions because forcing a false move can be fatal given how high up the cliffs are.

Heck, even if you don’t go to the bottom of the falls, you’ll still need to be cognizant of the hazards presented by the cliffs both at the gorge’s head and directly opposite the Grand Falls (all of which are sheer and unstable).

Grand_Falls_150_03132009 - Julie approaching the steep scramble to the base of the falls
Julie approaching the steep scramble to the base of the falls

However, the further downstream you go, the cliffs become less steep and more manageable (though they can still be fatal if you’re not careful).

I’ve noticed lots of footprints and worn informal use-trails helping me to identify where the best descent spots would be.

And if we recognized that we might have gone the wrong way, then we’d backtrack and find a more sane path instead of forcing a leap of faith down a dropoff.

Nevertheless, with all that said, the path wasn’t as scary as say the Mooney Falls descent in the Havasupai Reservation when we did it back in November 2002.

Grand_Falls_101_10082022 - Looking back at the context of the rocky slope between the cliffs and the protrusion comprising the final descent to the banks of the Little Colorado River and the bottom of Grand Falls
Looking back at the context of the rocky slope between the cliffs and the protrusion comprising the final descent to the banks of the Little Colorado River and the bottom of Grand Falls

Granted, the authorities may have improved the ladder-aided descent over the years, but the Grand Falls descent shouldn’t be as vertical as that.

In fact, the final descent involved going down a rocky slope between the Little Colorado River’s cliffs and a protrusion jutting out into the Little Colorado River.

Once at the bottom, you’ll find yourself sandwiched between the muddy banks of the Little Colorado River and intriguing basalt rocks supporting the cliffs that you were standing on earlier.

You can then scramble further upstream along the banks of the river until you’re satisfied with the view and/or experience.

Grand_Falls_021_03132009 - Closeup look at one person who managed to scramble behind part of the wide two-tiered Grand Falls during our March 2009 visit
Closeup look at one person who managed to scramble behind part of the wide two-tiered Grand Falls during our March 2009 visit

On our first visit in March 2009, I did notice one guy who managed to scramble across the muddy mist zone before going up behind one of the side tiers of the falls.

However, I generally try to avoid the muddiness of the spray zone at the bottom, and I also tend not to linger down at the bottom because of the possibility of flash flooding.

This scramble should be no more than about a quarter-mile in each direction or so.

Finally, despite the unsigned nature of this attraction, it was still quite popular as we shared it with at least a half-dozen carloads of people or so.

Grand_Falls_125_03132009 - Julie standing across from the Grand Falls at its base going only as far as the spray zone and the start of the muddy sections
Julie standing across from the Grand Falls at its base going only as far as the spray zone and the start of the muddy sections

We suspected many were locals though (either from Flagstaff or from the Navajo Reservation), or they were tourists who looked for gems like this off the internet. 🙂

Authorities

Grand Falls resides in the Painted Desert near Flagstaff in Coconino County, Arizona. It is administered by the Navajo Nation. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, you can visit their official government website or the Navajo Tourism Department website.

Grand_Falls_144_10082022 - Approaching a flooded part of the BIA-70 Road on the way to the Grand Falls during our early October 2022 visit. This photo and the next several pictures were taken on this day
Drive_from_Grand_Falls_002_iPhone_10082022 - Looking back across the flooded part of the BIA-70 Road and some of the surrounding cinder cones in the background
Grand_Falls_014_10082022 - Looking down across the two main tiers of Grand Falls during an extended monsoon that went into early October 2022 when this photo was taken.
Grand_Falls_017_10082022 - Looking across the Little Colorado River in a muddy state just upstream from the brink of Grand Falls as seen in early October 2022
Grand_Falls_008_10082022 - Looking towards the first of the lookout gazebos perched atop the cliffs at the head of the small gorge carved out by the Grand Falls as seen in early October 2022
Grand_Falls_023_10082022 - Looking from the head of the gorge carved out by Grand Falls in context with that first lookout gazebo as seen in early October 2022
Grand_Falls_026_10082022 - Looking back at the picnic shelters, outhouse, and first lookout gazebo by the upper parking area for Grand Falls
Grand_Falls_028_10082022 - Context of the second lookout gazebo and the Grand Falls in its monsoonal October 2022 flow
Grand_Falls_036_10082022 - Looking back across Grand Falls and the first lookout gazebo from the head of the gorge as seen in early October 2022
Grand_Falls_042_10082022 - Broad angled look across the full width of Grand Falls with its impressive flow during our early October 2022 visit
Grand_Falls_048_10082022 - Another look back towards the upper parking area and picnic shelter from further down the short walk between the two parking areas at Grand Falls
Grand_Falls_050_10082022 - Partial broad look across Grand Falls in its muddy early October 2022 flow with the outflow of the Little Colorado River adjacent to it
Grand_Falls_054_10082022 - Another broad look across Grand Falls in early October 2022 flow with an intriguing flash flood gyre spinning around at the waterfall's base
Grand_Falls_055_10082022 - More zoomed in look at flash flood debris swirling in front of the base of Grand Falls in early October 2022
Grand_Falls_060_10082022 - Almost direct look at the full width of Grand Falls in its high early October 2022 flow
Grand_Falls_065_10082022 - Fully broad look across Grand Falls in early October 2022 as seen from the lower parking area
Grand_Falls_068_10082022 - Another fully broad look at the front of Grand Falls in early October 2022
Grand_Falls_070_10082022 - Context of Julie and Tahia checking out the Grand Falls during our early October 2022 visit
Grand_Falls_074_10082022 - Looking back at the context of a trail-of-use leading closer to the bottom of the Grand Falls
Grand_Falls_076_10082022 - Looking downstream as I looked for an easy way to get down to the bottom of the Grand Falls during my early October 2022 visit
Grand_Falls_078_10082022 - Context of Grand Falls and the protrusion nearby where I had to look for a safer way down there during my early October 2022 visit
Grand_Falls_082_10082022 - Continuing the moderately steep descent towards the base of Grand Falls during my early October 2022 visit
Grand_Falls_085_10082022 - Making it to the shores of the Little Colorado River just downstream from Grand Falls as seen in early October 2022
Grand_Falls_087_10082022 - Angled look across the Little Colorado River towards Grand Falls in its early October 2022 flow at the base
Grand_Falls_090_10082022 - Context of Grand Falls and the basalt rocks opposite the waterfall as seen at its base in early October 2022
Grand_Falls_096_10082022 - Looking across the Little Colorado River towards the base of Grand Falls in early October 2022. This was as far as I was willing to go during that visit considering the flash flood risk and the sticky mud deposits left by the waterfall's spray
Grand_Falls_105_10082022 - Another closeup look at the basalt rocks directly opposite the base of the Grand Falls
Grand_Falls_110_10082022 - Heading back up the moderately steep slope after having had my fill of the base of the Grand Falls during my early October 2022 visit
Grand_Falls_113_10082022 - Looking back at the context of the final descent and the base of the Grand Falls on my way out after having had my fill of this experience in early October 2022
Grand_Falls_116_10082022 - One possible ledge-hugging approach on the descent to the Grand Falls, but fortunately, I had found an easier way to go than the risky approach shown here
Grand_Falls_122_10082022 - Looking back across Grand Falls while making my way back up to the lower parking area to end our early October 2022 visit
Grand_Falls_133_10082022 - Last look at the Grand Falls before ending our early October 2022 visit
Grand_Falls_008_iPhone_03302018 - On the Leupp Road backed by some interesting-looking volcanic cinder cones en route to Grand Falls during our March 2018 visit
Grand_Falls_013_iPhone_03302018 - Continuing on the Leupp Road backed by some more interesting-looking volcanic mountains en route to Grand Falls during our March 2018 visit
Grand_Falls_014_iPhone_03302018 - There were actually two different Indian Roads to take.  As of our visit in late March 2018, a sign suggested that we turn left onto the BIA-70 Road, which was a bit washboardy as you can see in this photo
Grand_Falls_016_iPhone_03302018 - Continung on the washboarded BIA-70 road en route to Grand Falls during our March 2018 visit
Grand_Falls_18_001_03302018 - The parking and sheltered picnic area near the top of Grand Falls as seen during our late March 2018 visit
Grand_Falls_18_005_03302018 - Mom approaching one of the gazebos overlooking Grand Falls during our late March 2018 visit
Grand_Falls_18_008_03302018 - Looking across the Grand Falls as it wasn't flowing during our March 2018 visit
Grand_Falls_18_012_03302018 - During our visit in late March 2018, Grand Falls was not flowing; proving that there may be some years where the falls may not be flowing (reliably) at all
Grand_Falls_18_024_03302018 - Looking back at the parking and picnic area for the Grand Falls during our March 2018 visit
Grand_Falls_034_iPhone_03302018 - On our way back to Leupp Road during our late March 2018 visit, we had a choice of going back the way we came in on the BIA-70 Road to the right, or the BIA-6910 Road to the left.  This time, we opted to take the left road (BIA-6910) on the way out
Grand_Falls_038_iPhone_03302018 - Whilst on the BIA-6910 Road during our late March 2018 visit, it turned out that the surface was harder than the BIA-70 Road.  Therefore, it felt a bit smoother and less washboardy.  Strangely, we didn't notice any signage on Leupp Road suggesting that this road would also lead to the Grand Falls
Grand_Falls_001_jx_03132009 - Driving on the Leupp Road with interesting volcanic cinder cones in the distance during our drive to Grand Falls as seen on our March 2009 visit
Grand_Falls_006_jx_03132009 - On the wide but washboarded and unpaved BIA-70 Road in the Navajo Reservation land during our visit in March 2009
Grand_Falls_007_jx_03132009 - Continuing on some unpaved roads in Navajo Reservation land during our March 2009 visit.  This was not a good place to get lost
Grand_Falls_008_jx_03132009 - Looking upstream from the Grand Falls brink towards the Little Colorado River during our March 2009 visit
Grand_Falls_001_03132009 - Looking towards the lookout by the brink of Grand Falls as seen during our March 2009 visit
Grand_Falls_005_03132009 - Looking along some of the tiers of Grand Falls into the gorge below as seen during our March 2009 visit
Grand_Falls_010_03132009 - Looking across some of the interesting cascades further upstream from the brink of Grand Falls as seen during our March 2009 visit
Grand_Falls_016_03132009 - Broad view across Grand Falls with the context of the lookout shelter at its brink as seen during our March 2009 visit
Grand_Falls_018_03132009 - Looking downstream across the base of Grand Falls as seen during our March 2009 visit
Grand_Falls_020_03132009 - The views and angles of Grand Falls changed as we walked further along the gorge rim during our March 2009 visit
Grand_Falls_037_03132009 - Portrait view across the flowing Grand Falls during our March 2009 visit
Grand_Falls_045_03132009 - An even more angled look back at Grand Falls during our March 2009 visit
Grand_Falls_064_03132009 - Angled look down at the Grand Falls with a faint arcing rainbow appearing in the waterfall's mist during our March 2009 visit
Grand_Falls_067_03132009 - Context of Julie checking out Grand Falls during our March 2009 visit
Grand_Falls_069_03132009 - Context of Julie standing near the brink of Grand Falls during our March 2009 visit
Grand_Falls_075_03132009 - Direct and wide frontal look at Grand Falls from the opposite side of the gorge as seen during our March 2009 visit
Grand_Falls_076_03132009 - Julie checking out Grand Falls near the rim of the gorge during our March 2009 visit
Grand_Falls_080_03132009 - Looking back at Grand Falls with a partial rainbow arcing from a gap in the gorge during our March 2009 visit
Grand_Falls_084_03132009 - View of Grand Falls as we started to look for a way to get down to its base during our March 2009 visit
Grand_Falls_148_03132009 - We found the access to the base of Grand Falls along this black-sanded path during our March 2009 visit
Grand_Falls_091_03132009 - Now scrambling along some jagged cliffs towards the banks of the Little Colorado River and the base of Grand Falls on our March 2009 visit
Grand_Falls_092_03132009 - Walking along the banks of the Little Colorado River as we approached the base of Grand Falls on our March 2009 visit
Grand_Falls_100_03132009 - Angled view of Grand Falls from its base as seen during our March 2009 visit
Grand_Falls_106_03132009 - Closer look at Grand Falls from its base during our March 2009 visit.  Note the gazebo perched atop the cliff for scale
Grand_Falls_133_03132009 - Looking directly at Grand Falls with a rainbow fronting it from where it started to get muddy during our March 2009 visit


It turns out that we could have taken a couple of different ways to reach the Grand Falls.

We’ll first describe the more obvious signed route using Flagstaff as the starting point.

Then, we’ll then describe the alternate route, which may be a little less bumpier than the first route.

The Signed Route to Grand Falls

Grand_Falls_003_jx_03132009 - On the Leupp Road, which leads into the Navajo Nation and eventually the BIA roads that ultimately lead to the Grand Falls
On the Leupp Road, which leads into the Navajo Nation and eventually the BIA roads that ultimately lead to the Grand Falls

Starting from Flagstaff, we drove east on the I-40 until we reached the exit 211 for the Winona Road (near the town of Winona).

From there, we turned left to go over the bridge, then followed the Winona Road for about 2.2 miles before turning right onto Leupp Rd.

We then followed the Leupp Road for about 14.5 miles.

On our visits in 2018 and 2022, there was a sign indicating that Grand Falls was the next left turn (which can be easy to miss given how fast cars can go on the Leupp Road).

Drive_to_Grand_Falls_008_iPhone_10082022 - The washboarded and unpaved BIA-70 Road (also labeled Grandfalls Road on some maps) leading to the Grand Falls
The washboarded and unpaved BIA-70 Road (also labeled Grandfalls Road on some maps) leading to the Grand Falls

On our first visit in 2009, that sign wasn’t there and we took the unsigned turnoff shortly after the pavement changed (indicating we were now on Navajo Tribal Lands; there was a Grand Falls Bible Church sign near this turnoff).

At this point, we were now driving on the unpaved Indian Road 70 (also referred to as Bia-70 on maps).

It was a fairly wide but bumpy washboarded road, which we kept on for about 8 miles.

Something you’ll want to keep in mind, especially if you’re trying to time a visit for maximum flow during a flash flood event, is that flooding can occur on this road.

Grand_Falls_146_10082022 - Approaching a flooded and muddy part of the BIA-70 Road. Notice the pick-up truck on the right, which took a detour to go around this trouble spot.  Anyways, this is why you have to be careful about showing up to Grand Falls during a thunderstorm
Approaching a flooded and muddy part of the BIA-70 Road. Notice the pick-up truck on the right, which took a detour to go around this trouble spot. Anyways, this is why you have to be careful about showing up to Grand Falls during a thunderstorm

In fact, if the road does get flooded or too muddy, there might be an alternate detour going around the trouble spot.

That said, I suspect you’ll probably need a high clearance 4wd vehicle to ensure you don’t get stuck in the mud or bottom out.

Anyways, note that about 7 miles after leaving Leupp Road, there was a junction with the Bia-6910 Road coming in from the right.

There was an unsigned turnoff on our left that led the final 0.4 miles to the parking and picnic area for the Grand Falls.

Grand_Falls_032_iPhone_03302018 - This was the unsigned road turnoff (someone put an easy-to-miss sign here, which we noticed in October 2022) leading to the picnic area and overlooks of the Grand Falls. This turnoff was a short distance before reaching the crossing of the Little Colorado River
This was the unsigned road turnoff (someone put an easy-to-miss sign here, which we noticed in October 2022) leading to the picnic area and overlooks of the Grand Falls. This turnoff was a short distance before reaching the crossing of the Little Colorado River

Overall, this drive took us about 45 minutes or so.

If you happened to miss this turnoff and reach the ford of the Little Colorado River (roughly another 0.4 miles past the correct unsigned turnoff on the left), then that’s a good indicator that you went too far.

Returning via the slightly longer but less bumpier route to Grand Falls

On the return route, instead of taking the Indian Road 70 back to Leupp Road, we kept left at the fork and gave the Bia-6910 Road a try.

Although this route was a little bit longer than the Bia-70 Route (by about a mile), the Bia-6910 Road had a harder, packed surface and thus was not as subject to bumpy washboards as the Bia-70 Road.

Grand_Falls_018_iPhone_03302018 - The Indian Road 70 can be a bit washboarded due to its softer surface, which can be bad news if it's wet and muddy like in a thunderstorm
The Indian Road 70 can be a bit washboarded due to its softer surface, which can be bad news if it’s wet and muddy like in a thunderstorm

We would eventually make it back to the Leupp Road roughly 5 miles east of the Bia-70 Road turnoff.

We didn’t notice any signage suggesting that the Bia-6910 Road was just as valid as the Bia-70 Road leading to the Grand Falls.

So if you’re unsure, you can do as we did and follow the signs leading us to the Bia-70 Road, then return via the Bia-6910 Road.

Contextually, Flagstaff was about 29 miles (45 minutes drive) north of Sedona, 145 miles (over 2 hours drive) north of Phoenix, 148 miles (over 2 hours drive) east of Kingman, and 129 miles (over 2 hours drive) south of Page.

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More straight on but still angled sweep of Grand Falls with zoom in across its double-tiered brinks


Back and forth sweep of the frontal view of Grand Falls while still trying to avoid too much muddy mist on the lens


360 degree sweep from the base of Grand Falls from an angle


360 degree sweep from an intermediate tier on the descent to its base showing off its power and mist going sideways


Sweep along the tops of each tier of the impressive waterfall


Sweep of the falls with a guy actually behind one of the falls from one of the uppermost viewpoints


Sweep from right to left at the base of the Grand Falls besides the Little Colorado River

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Dirt Spray May 19, 2017 1:13 pm by Joe Budd - I was at the Grand Falls of the Little Colorado in 1984 at a time of heavy water flow. We parked at a small picnic area just down from the Falls and walked up to admire the huge chocolate-like flow over the cliffs. When we got back to the car later we found that the… ...Read More
Pleated (above Grand Falls) October 30, 2012 3:30 am by Abe - Above the main falls the muddy river forms what appear to be curvy curtain pleates all the way across the river in levels making drops of a few inches in several drops. Unique feature to this falls. ...Read More
Went April 11, 2011 April 15, 2011 6:48 am by Robert Mayhall - Was only flowing at about 20 percent but was still amazing and it is a lot bigger when u see other people standing on the other side. It really puts the size of it in perspective. ...Read More

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