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Water Wheel Falls

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Tonto National Forest, Payson, AZ 85541
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Reminiscent Of A Bygone Era

This is excellent walking along the river, climbing the rocks and meandering the winding trail. We... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
John88Star
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Phoenix, Arizona
Perfection... short little trail, clear running water the whole way.

There are four trail heads basically along this creek. This trail got tricky for my little dogs so... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Hobnob_Hobo
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North Las Vegas, Nevada
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“easy hike” (4 reviews)
“honor system” (2 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Tonto National Forest, Payson, AZ 85541
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is excellent walking along the river, climbing the rocks and meandering the winding trail. We sat at the water wheel for some period speaking of bygone days when water was used to power the wheels for milling grains, pumping air into bellows that were...More

1  Thank John88Star
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There are four trail heads basically along this creek. This trail got tricky for my little dogs so we stopped and spent along time in a sort of enclosed area with a cool pool to splash in. Just lovely. I didn't go as far along...More

2  Thank Hobnob_Hobo
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Reviewed January 31, 2018 via mobile

Before coming to AZ, I tried to do my research, however there was not much information online. My recommendation is to start at “The Wheel” which is between the first and second “Crossing”. I started at the first crossing and took a long and uneventful...More

1  Thank spicy-octopus
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Reviewed January 13, 2018 via mobile

Not from the area and wasn’t aware of the flood and deaths here. There are memorials so of course you think of it. It didn’t look like a path was cleared anymore? We didn’t hang too long and took the gorgeous drive thru the Tonto...More

7  Thank Melissa R
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Reviewed November 20, 2017

We parked at the 2nd crossing. Took a 4-mile hike. The weather was nice. The streams were full of roaring water, and the reflection of fall colors in the river was impressive. We didn't go all the way as there was a black bear foraging...More

1  Thank Shawn C
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Reviewed November 15, 2017

Spacious area with fantastic views of many water ways coming to a junction. Climbing is the best adjective to describe navigating over the rocks, boulders and crevices. And caution is advised when doing so in icy/wet conditions. Extra caution is advised when visiting the area...More

Thank Maggi T
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Reviewed October 11, 2017

For some reason we were the only people there.Tables for meals,restrooms and silence.It is right off the roads so no chance of getting lost and you can get there in a car.

2  Thank njeye
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Reviewed September 10, 2017 via mobile

This is the piece of History that gave this Campground/swimming area its iconic name. It is truly a shame to see a truly beautiful piece of History being vandalized, defaced or destroyed, if the younger generation would get off their Xbox and smartphones and truly...More

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Reviewed July 19, 2017

This was on my top list of places to visit with my daughter when we were in town. Luckily we did not attempt to go. We found out the next day that a flash flood came through and swept away a family of fourteen. There...More

3  Thank Plynn458
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Reviewed May 28, 2017

My husband and I spent the day here. What a great visit! We will definitely visit again. Next time with better shoes, sunscreen and a little more water. Plan to get wet, it's more fun that way. Wear good shoes for hik

2  Thank Patti P
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Xing001
August 17, 2017|
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Response from njeye | Reviewed this property |
yes it is. But if you follow the rules and listen to warnings
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devin l
August 8, 2017|
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Response from Rextrent | Reviewed this property |
This is sound advice for anyone in the Payson, Mongollian Rim, and nearby areas: Much, maybe most, of the nature here is very wild and potentially fatal. In July, 2017 at least one death due to flash flooding in the area. Be... More
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