Cibecue, Arizona, may be a small town, but hidden in a canyon just outside the city is a big surprise for hikers and outdoor enthusiasts. This eastern Arizona town in the White Mountains Apache Reservation is home to one of the best-kept secrets in the state: a breathtaking waterfall with cool waters that cut through towering canyon walls.

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Cibecue Falls
Cibecue Falls

This waterfall, known as Cibecue Falls, is found in Cibecue Canyon, a side canyon of the Salt River. To reach the cascading waterfall, it’s a 2.5-mile canyoneering-style hike along a trail that crisscrosses the Cibecue Creek, so be prepared to get a little wet.

Cibecue Falls
Cibecue Falls

As you travel along the trail, you’ll experience spectacular views and pass a variety of natural foliage. At the end of your hike, you’ll reach the towering waterfall that cascades 80 feet into blue pools of mineral-rich water below — a beautiful reward at the end of your hike.

Cibecue Falls
Cibecue Falls

Before you head out on your adventure, be sure to obtain a Cibecue Falls Access Permit from the White Mountain Apache Tribe. Be sure to pack plenty of snacks and water for your adventurous journey as well as a change of clothes in case you get wet. Swimming currently is not allowed at the waterfall and remember to leave no trace behind to help keep these natural Arizona wonders beautiful.

Official Website
Permits: http://wmatoutdoors.org

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