Chocolate Falls (Grand Falls) Arizona

March 14, 2011  •  Leave a Comment

The fourth and final stop on the 2011 Northeast Arizona mancation was to Chocolate Falls (also known as Grand Falls).  It is called grand and chocolate for a reason...  grand because it is a 181 foot tall water fall (taller than Niagara!).  Chocolate because the waters are almost always muddy.  The Little Colorado runs through forest and desert for 336 miles before it meets up with the Colorado River in the remote eastern part of the Grand Canyon.  It is during it's desert voyage that it picks up grains of sandstone which turn the waters muddy.  This spot is a real surprise because in order to get to it, one has to drive about 10 miles down a lonely and desolate unpaved and primitive road.  The landscape along the road is rocky and very much devoid of vegetation.  To think there is something this beautiful and unique in such a barren volcanic wasteland is hard to imagine.  At any rate, here you go...

The Little Colorado River above Chocolate FallsThe Little Colorado River above Chocolate Falls

In the lower left of this photo are few black dots...  those are people wading in the muddy waters. Chocolate Falls in ArizonaChocolate Falls in Arizona This photo (as does the one above) gives some scale to the immensity of these falls.  Very impressive! Chocolate Falls in ArizonaChocolate Falls in Arizona


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