Grand Falls is a natural waterfall system located 30 miles northeast of Flagstaff, Arizona in the Painted Desert on the Navajo Indian Reservation. At 185 feet tall, it is an enormous waterfall higher than Niagara Falls. It dumps snowmelt or monsoon rain into the Little Colorado River below. It is famous for its extremely muddy flow which is a major contributor as to why the Little Colorado River is so opaque. It is said that the waterfalls are analogous to flowing chocolate depending on the amount of water present. Heavy rains or snowmelt will produce spectacular viewing, photography and sound whereas the scarcity of water will produce only trickles or no flow at all.
You will need to purchase a permit for any hiking surrounding Grand Falls area. The nearest Navajo Parks & Recreation office to this location is:
Helen Webster, Park Manager
P.O. Box 459
Cameron, AZ 86020
tel : 928-679-2303 --- email: firstname.lastname@example.org
fax : 928-679-2017
She was sent out to judge how deep the river was
so here man could drive across but he chickened out.
From I-40, 15 miles east of Flagstaff, take exit 211 at Winona. Drive 2.3 miles north to Leupp Rd. Turn right and drive 20.3 miles to unpaved and unsigned Indian Road 6910 (between mileposts 5 and 6). Turn left and drive along this rough road 9.4 miles to the turnoff on the left, which leads to the falls overlook (do not cross the Little Colorado River). Grand Falls can also be accessed from Indian Road 70 (instead of 6910). This road is located 15.0 miles along Leupp Rd (5.3 miles before Road 6910). Follow Road 70 8.4 miles to the same turnoff on the left before the Little Colorado River (Roads 6910 and 70 join together just before the turnoff). I recommend driving along Road 6910 instead of Road 70. Both roads are very rough going and you will need a 4x4 to drive them. But Road 6910 is much easier going and faster than Road 70.