A highlight of our year is finding hidden gems that are in plain sight! There's a hidden cave in Arizona that has some of the bluest and clearest water we've ever seen. This sapphire oasis can be found near a popular hotspot, making it an amazing find.
This hidden gem is located at Fossil Creek southeast of Camp Verde, Arizona. The area has a waterfall and beautiful clear water swimming holes. You'll need a $6 permit to access the trails, you can buy one here. Permits and hiking here are available year-round so that you can enjoy the area no matter the time of year.
The hike to the waterfall is about 2-miles roundtrip. This beautiful sapphire water cave can be found downstream away from the waterfall. More details on the location can be found here. During the fall-winter seasons, permits are not required, so you can have lots of fun free days.
There are many parking options available but they require you to have a reservation between April 1 and Oct. 1. While you're relaxing on the water you can bring your own pool floats.
Some people even set up hammocks in the trees to relax and enjoy mother nature. Since the water is so clear it's possible to see fish swimming around you.
Camping is not allowed here, so this beautiful place is great to visit for a relaxing daytime trip. What's great is that you can also bring your furry friends so they can enjoy the cool water too!
Nothing is more rewarding than cooling off after a short hike. The lush trails here are great for horseback riding, taking photos, and for spotting wildlife. It surely won't disappoint!
Waterfall Trail on Fossil Creek
Price: $6 permit needed until Oct. 1
Location: Near Camp Verde, AZ
Why you should go: A short hike will lead you to a beautiful clear waterfall, and downstream a hidden cave with sapphire-colored water!
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.