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Elves Chasm is an Enchanting Waterfall Hiding in the Grand Canyon

There’s no shortage of sights to see in Grand Canyon National Park, but those interested in going off the beaten path can find one of Arizona’s best-kept secrets. A gorgeous waterfall is hidden in the Grand Canyon, and we’re not talking about Havasupai.

Photo Credit: Waterfalls Of The Grand Canyon
Credit: Photo Credit: Waterfalls Of The Grand Canyon by waterfallsofthegrandcanyon.com

Tucked away along the rugged Royal Arch Loop trail is Elves Chasm, an enchanting waterfall that cascades down moss-covered rocks into a magnificent emerald grotto. While it’s not the easiest of treks, the end destination makes this truly worth the hike.

Photo Credit: Halfway Anywhere Website
Credit: Photo Credit: Halfway Anywhere Website by halfwayanywhere.com

A trip to this hidden gem is one for experienced canyon hikers, as the Royal Arch Loop is a challenging and remote trail in the Grand Canyon. In fact, the Royal Arch Loop is considered to be one of the most difficult of the established hikes in the park, according to the National Parks Service.

Photo Credit, Ryan Emmett, Grand Canyon Hiker's Facebook
Credit: Photo Credit, Ryan Emmett, Grand Canyon Hiker's Facebook by Facebook.com

If you’re up for the challenge, you’ll take a small detour downriver for 1.5 miles of rocky terrain to Royal Arch Canyon. Once you arrive at Elves Chasm, taking a dip in the cool blue water is a welcome reward after a strenuous hike.

Before you go, be sure to obtain a backcountry camping permit from Grand Canyon National Park and reference the National Park Service’s description of the Royal Arch Loop route prior to beginning your journey. Remember to leave no trace and help preserve the beauty of Arizona’s natural wonders.

Elves Chasm at the Grand Canyon Information:

Address: Grand Canyon National Park, 8 South Entrance Rd Grand Canyon Village, AZ 86023

Phone Number: 928-638-7888

Permitting: https://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/backcountry-permit.htm

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