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“Wonders off the beaten rack”

Ranked #21 of 112 things to do in Flagstaff
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Reviewed August 12, 2013

This one needs planning and obtaining local knowledge. The roads leading to this wonder are on the Navajo reservation, tricky, poorly marked or unmarked, and can be flooded and/or in deep mud after it rains (but that's when the falls are at their best). Consult the Visitor's Center in downtown Flagstaff (at the train station.) High clearance or 4WD vehicle not an absolute necessity, but having one gives a feeling of security. Well worth the trip.

4  Thank houligan1950
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Reviewed August 11, 2013

Take directions as it ain't easy to find. Do it while the falls are running or it isn't much to see. Nice drive for a picnic lunch.

3  Thank Douglas R
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Reviewed July 28, 2013

It was fantastic that our trip coincided with adequate rains to make the trip out to Grand Falls worthwhile. We had helpful hints from your site about finding it, which was very tricky. But the spectacle was breath-taking, even if it was not as *huge* as after the Spring melt. We also found the trail down to the bottom of the cliff opposite the falls, and walked around getting doused in muddy spray. The kids thought it was the BEST, and so did we!

1  Thank Vikki K
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Reviewed May 20, 2013

This is a seasonal waterfall. It only flows when there is plenty of snowmelt so it is best to inquire about the condition of the flow before making the drive out to it. The drive out there is a bit long on some rather rugged roads. Also, make sure you take a map or you might get lost. If you want to take pictures, go around sunrise or sunset, otherwise, your pictures will not look very good. The color of sandstone is much more vibrant at those times. See http://scottlefler.smugmug.com/Nature/Waterfalls-1/19470753_XDtvcj#!i=1523774791&k=KD428K4

7  Thank powderforage
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Reviewed April 7, 2013

I came here with a few friends on our road trip not really knowing what to expect, and let me tell you it was definitely worth it. It's off the beaten path about 9 miles away from the main paved highway. It's a backroad so getting here isn't the most comfortable due to the fact that a part of the road (roughly 2-3 miles) was a washboard moving the car side to side. The cars who were on the road were mainly SUV/ SUV crossovers. You can make it to the river (top portion of the falls) with a Sedan if you take it easy and hike to the front of the falls. To drive to the front of the falls where many of the pictures are taken I would recommend a vehicle that has decent clearance. My Honda Element has roughly 7 inches of clearance and I was still sketched out about driving over some of the rocks that were on the road. A Sedan that we were about 1/2 a mile behind made it and when we talked to them said that they had rubbed the bottom a few times (I believe they were in a Camry). Many rocks on the roads so just take it easy but nonetheless a spectacular place to visit. Highly Recommended!
P.S Our garmin GPS and Smart Phones lost satellite connection a lot and at one time gave us the wrong directions to go 25 miles in another direction. Print out directions before you head here and remember what road you took because I believe there are 2 forks in the road so if you stay on Indian Route 70 you should be fine.

12  Thank TKonishi
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