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There's An 80-Foot Tall Waterfall Near Phoenix That's Only A Road Trip Away

If you're dreaming of going on a road trip away from home, we're there with you. We've found the perfect trek that you can complete in one day. Only a short trip away from the valley, you'll find an 80-foot tall waterfall near Phoenix

Cibecue Falls is one of those gems with a breathtaking waterfall that flows into a pool of clear, blue and green water. And it's only about a three-hour trip away from the city. 

Located on the White Mountains Apache Reservation, this waterfall hike requires you to purchase a $30 per person permit. You can buy them online here

The hike to the falls is moderate since you'll have to cross the stream and climb around boulders. And it's about 3.5-miles roundtrip. 

Although the trail is available year-round, we recommend visiting in the fall and spring, since the weather is much cooler. 

It's a bit tricky getting to the falls as the dirt road along the way is narrow and rocky, so plan accordingly. If anything, you'll feel like you're on a real Indiana Jone's adventure. 

Before you start on your trek, it's important to bring some essentials along such as water, water shoes, and extra clothing. There are no facilities on the trailhead or along the trail. 

When you complete your hike, you'll be rewarded with views of the 80-foot tall waterfall spilling between the two canyons. It might seem tempting, but there's no swimming allowed there.

Instead, you can cool off by going ankle-deep into the water. The water can be muddy at times, but the views will still be worth it. 

Grab your BFF and get prepared to take some Insta worthy photos. The falls are such a beautiful backdrop for any photo.

If you chase waterfalls or clear blue water in your pastime, it's also worthwhile checking out this Arizona hike that takes you to red rock cliffs and clear blue water. They're worth adding to your bucket list.

Cibecue Falls

Difficulty: Moderate

Length: Approx. 3.5-miles roundtrip

Address: Whiteriver, Arizona

Why You Need To Go: This 80-foot tall waterfall is about a 3-hour road trip away from Phoenix. 


No swimming, fishing, or camping is allowed at Cibecue Falls. The falls are considered sacred to the Native American tribes.

We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.

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