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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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WARNING: Harder "hike" than listed on this site. READ THIS.

First, off this "easy" hike as listed in other reviews is more of an up and down rock climb. From the posts it states that it is just a walk down a path for a mile or so but in... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed April 4, 2015
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Payson, AZ
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

We were there the weekend of 4th July and it was a total washout, not only way too many people frequent this spot, the majority of them believe that their mother is coming behind them to pick up all the trash they leave behind. There are no restrooms at this spot, so you are constantly seeing people relieve themselves on,... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

First, off this "easy" hike as listed in other reviews is more of an up and down rock climb. From the posts it states that it is just a walk down a path for a mile or so but in all reality is about a 3/4 mile climb over some pretty hard terrain. There really is very little path. More... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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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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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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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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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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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
Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Payson

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