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Staircase Waterfall

Address: 8.7 Miles East of Intersection of Houston Mesa Rd and Hwy 260, You will cross several river crossings - you will park and walk through the forest road gate along the path for about a mile, then follow a trail down to the waterfall., Payson, AZ 85541
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Ranked #14 of 15 Attractions in Payson
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Phoenix, Arizona
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34 reviews 34 reviews
21 attraction reviews
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

I just visited the spot in Jun, 2014. It is still there and it is still great place. We arrived Sunday, 2:00 pm and ~20 people were around. Around 4:00 pm majority of them gone. So not that many people for busy, hot Sunday. Unfortunately the trail is not very clean. Somebody should prosecute those ugly morons, that cannot take... More 

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Payson, AZ
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28 reviews 28 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

Although this is a beautiful place it has severely declined in recent years. Mostly due to the publicity it has received and recent closure of Fossil Creek from the Strawberry side. I have been visiting it since 1994 and in recent years the volume of people has increased 100x. I have personally seen trash and dirty diapers left behind at... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013

Drive east from 87/Houston Mesa Rd for 8.4 miles (just past Second Crossing Campground). There is a small forest road on the right side. Walk past the locked gate on the forest road for about a mile or so, and there will be a trail down to the East Verde River. (The trail is probably only .25 mile or so).... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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76 reviews 76 reviews
16 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

we tried to get to the Staircase Waterfall in payson but the address you provided us took us to a massage therapy salon. We could never find the falls . You might want to recheck the address and the map.

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

Incredibly beautiful place, nice cool water. Many swimming holes to choose from. I would recommend getting there early in the day to avoid crowds--we went in July and it was busy by 11 (at 9am it was not crowded). My husband, son, and daughter loved jumping off of the log staircase into the deep part of the pool, and we... More 

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