Grand Falls

Flagstaff, Arizona

5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars
1 Review
5 out of 5
About 18 miles northeast of Flagstaff, on the Little Colorado River in the Painted Desert. This is a scenic ride through the Painted Desert to a seasonal waterfall on the Little Colorado River. The best time of year to see the falls is in late spring during the snow runoff for early morning, when the low angle light brings out the pastel colors of the sedimentary rock.
Mountain Biking Flagstaff and Sedona

DESCRIPTION FROM:

Mountain Biking Flagstaff and Sedona

by Bruce Grubbs (Falcon Guides)

About 18 miles northeast of Flagstaff, on the Little Colorado River in the Painted Desert. This is a scenic ride through the Painted Desert to a seasonal waterfall on the Little Colorado River. The best time of year to see the falls is in late spring during the snow runoff for early morning, when the low angle light brings out the pastel colors of the sedimentary rock.

©  Bruce Grubbs/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Flagstaff
Distance: 18.6
Elevation Gain: 950 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Technical Difficulty: Easy
Physical Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 4 hours
Trailhead Elevation: 5,550 feet
Top Elevation: 5,550 feet
Local Maps: USGS Grand Falls, Grand Falls SW.
Driving Directions: Directions to Grand Falls

Recent Trail Reviews

8/16/2008
0

Great site. Short trail, like only a little over half a mile down to the falls. It is a spectacular site and fun to climb down and around. The water is muddy and as you get within 100 feet of the falls you feel a mist on you face -- that mist carries the clay dirt with it so everything is speckled when you leave. Not really a downer. It's kind of cool. I took my wife and three boys ages six to twelve. They had a blast. The six year old wasn't watching where he went and ended up in the water which is par for this little guy. At the far end of the trail where you would expect to turn around and head back out, we actually found that you could carefully climb out of the canyon through a trail that was just primitive enough to make us wonder whether it really was possible to get up to the rim on it. And with the young boys, and the steep drop off, it was an adrenaline pumping experience for a protective father. For my boys? A great adventure they won't forget.



Trail Photos

Activity Feed

May 2018