Photographer's Note

This is the fifth in my series of photos of the Grand Falls (Chocolate Falls). I'm stepping a few minutes back for this one. It's the route I chose to scramble down to the river. It's even steeper and more difficult than it looks in this photo

Background information

Grand Falls is taller, at 181 feet, than Niagra Falls. Grand Falls (also known as Chocolate Falls) is about 15 miles from the nearest paved road on the Navajo Reservation. The best chance of viewing the falls in all their spilled chocolate milk glory is during the months of March, April, and May. But, as snow melt and rain are difficult to forecast in that area, a good place to see whether there will be a good flow over the falls is at the USGS website. Make certain the reading is above 100 cubic feet per second. If you are in the area and the reading is in the thousands, plan to visit within 48 hours.

There are picnic tables/benches with gazebos that provide shade – maybe take some food for a picnic. There is a waterless restroom facility – you may want to take a supply of toilet paper, hand sanitizer or extra water and soap to wash your hands. Take plenty of water for hydration and please "pack in and pack out" – leave no trash. Be wary of your footing in the area, especially near the falls, the ground might look stable, but could give way. Also note that it is a bit of a scramble down to the lower river level and that, if the water level allows it and you decide to move in front of or to the east of the falls at that level, the tall grass and plants hide very sticky mud. My shoes gained a quick 10 pounds in weight when I made the attempt.

The road leading to the falls is a maintained gravel road. For current Grand Falls and road conditions, call the Leupp Chapter House at (928) 686-3227.

Note: Please use Indian Route 6910 – south of the Grand Falls, do not use the Oraibi Road access on the north side from Leupp. Please respect local residents, their land and livestock, etc.

Additional note: As of today (8 November 2019) there is no fee for visiting Grand Falls.

ISO 200, 1/160 second at f/13, 24mm focal length

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