Grand Falls - Arizona's chocolate waterfalls
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Most people don't associate Arizona with waterfalls; this may be the reason why a waterfall system near Flagstaff may be the state's best-kept secret. The Grand Falls is located about a half hour drive from Flagstaff in the Painted Desert. The falls sports a total height of 56 meters (around 185 ft.). The mud content in the water yields a dark brown water, earning the falls the nickname Chocolate Falls. You can see this natural treasure from above in this drone video by contributor Nteschler.
30 miles North East of Flagstaff lies a hidden gem that most Arizona natives don’t even know about, The Grand Falls. This natural waterfall that looks like something from a Willy Wonka movie sits in the Painted Desert on the Navajo Reservation. The falls were created by volcanic runoff from Merriam Crater which created a lava dam at the falls and at 185 feet high they are bigger than Niagra Falls. If you want to go, the best time to see the falls is at the end of February till the end of April and sometimes even into May depending on how much snow fell. The falls are fed by the snow melt and rain from the White Mountains which flows into the Little Colorado river which create the awesome muddy falls unlike anywhere else. Most all of the websites we looked at said you needed a 4 wheel drive vehicle to reach the falls, that is definitely not the case. Although the two roads that will take you to the falls are not paved you do not need 4 wheel drive. We were able to drive strait to the over look with no issues at all. Make sure to bring your camera to take pics and videos because this is something you wont want to forget.