Arizona's Best Swimming Holes  



Waterfall Trail

Upload GPS Tracks
Upload Trail Photos

Download this GPS TrackRight Click and "Save Link As.."

Trail Ratings
Overall Trail Rating
1 = Poor 5 = Outstanding

Scenic Views
Route Finding
1 = Poor 5 = Excellent
Technical Difficulty
1 = Easy 5 = Very Difficult
Trail Access
1 = Easy 5 = Hard to get to

The Waterfall Trail on Fossil Creek is one of the most popular areas on the creek. The trail itself is one mile, but you'll have to hike about a quarter of a mile from either parking area to get to the trailhead.

The parking lot is located a few hundred yards downhill from the entrance to the trail. Visitors must park in the lot and walk up the road to the beginning of the trail. The trail starts at the far end of a fence line that was put up to protect rare spring snails. The trail follows the hillside down to the creek and continues along it. It dead ends at the waterfall.



Because of traffic problems, occasionally the roads will be closed. Click on "Overview/Background" in the right column of the "Fossil Creek" page for  notice with photos about periodic road closures. For an up-to-date information recording, call the Fossil Creek Hotline at 928-226-4611.

At a Glance

Open Season: Year 'round
Usage: Medium
Closest Towns: Camp Verde, AZ
Restroom: Temporary portable toilets
Operated By: Red Rock Ranger District - 928-203-2900

General Information

Latitude: 34.40501

Longitude: -111.61398

Length: 1 mile

Elevation: 3810 at trailhead


General Notes:

Attractions: Trails for hiking, swimming holes, waterplay, unique rock formations, great scenery, wildlife viewing, lush riparian area


  • Printable .pdf file Fossil Creek Regulations with regulations "en Español " and in English.
  • Mechanized vehicles, including mountain bikes, are not permitted in the Wilderness.
  • This area can be quite hot in summer. Bring your own drinking water.
  • Please practice "Leave No Trace" ethics and help keep this area pristine.


Location: About 30 miles southeast of Camp Verde or 86 miles south of Flagstaff off paved and graveled roads.

A portion of Forest Road 708 is closed from Fossil Springs Trailhead to Waterfall Trailhead until further notice. This closure is in effect to provide public health and safety.
The only way to access the Waterfall Trailhead by motor-vehicle is to take the road from Camp Verde.

Access: From Camp Verde via FH 9 (Hwy 260) and FR 708


Waterfall Trail


comments powered by Disqus



Camping Regions
Camping Regions

Central Arizona
Flagstaff / Sedona / Prescott
Northeast / Grand Canyon
Payson / Mogollon Rim
Southeast / Tucson
White Mountains
Western Arizona



Camping Checklist
Camping Gear
Our You Tube Videos
Camping Recipies

Arizona Game and Fish Department

Fishing Reports
Lake Levels
Stocking Schedule
AZ Fishing Rules & Regulations
Where to Fish
Sport Fish Species
Urban Fishing

U.S. Forest Service
National Forests in Arizona

Apache Sitgreaves N.F.
Coconino N.F.
Coronado N.F.
Kaibab N.F.
Prescott N.F.
Tonto N.F.

Site Map
Advertising Information
Contact Us

All campground rates and information are subject to change without notice.

Home | Campgrounds | Hiking Info |Camping Checklist | Fire Information
Western Arizona RV Parks | Fishing Reports | Contact Us | Links
Site Map

All original material and HTML coding © 2004-2021

Terms of Service | Privacy Policy


Arizona Game and Fish Department U.S. Forest Service