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The Chocolate Waterfall

Located in the Painted Desert on the lands belonging to the Navajo Nation, Grand Falls is a majestic sight with its stunning cascades pouring over terraced rock formations. The only two problems with visiting this picturesque destination is its remote location and its seasonal fluctuations. Don't expect water to flow outside of monsoon season, which is generally July through September. However, if you are up for an excursion in to the backcountry, these falls are worth checking out as they are even higher than Niagara Falls.

Keep in mind that you will need a Navajo Nation permit to visit Grand Falls. Moreover, visitors must remain on designated roads and trails when traversing the Navajo Nation.

Utrip Tips

* For directions, the falls are on unmarked dirt roads. Be sure you have a high-clearance 4x4 vehicle. Use the following directions from the Leupp Chapter House in tandem with your GPS: From I-40, 15 miles east of Flagstaff, take exit 211 at Winona. Drive 2.3 miles north to Leupp Rd. Turn right and drive 20.3 miles to unpaved and unsigned Indian Road 6910 (between mileposts 5 and 6). Turn left and drive along this rough road 9.4 miles to the turnoff on the left, which leads to the falls overlook (do not cross the Little Colorado River).
* Pack a lunch!
* The falls themselves run seasonally, the best months to visit them with the most water flow are July, August, and September. Contact the Leupp Chapter House for current conditions.

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