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Staircase Waterfall

8.7 Miles East of Intersection of Houston Mesa Rd and Hwy 260, You will cross several river crossings - you will park and walk through the forest road gate along the path for about a mile, then follow a trail down to the waterfall., Payson, AZ 85541
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Beautiful swimming hole but go EARLY!

My hiking club recently visited what is now called Water Wheel Falls due to the old water wheel... read more

Reviewed 26 June 2017
Shannon G
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Queen Creek, Arizona
Staircase Waterfall

Used be called the "cold springs". It was a hidden gem. There was not a log placed there. Used to... read more

Reviewed 14 September 2016
pikemurphy
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Phoenix, Arizona
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26 Jun 2017
“Beautiful swimming hole but go EARLY!”
14 Sep 2016
“Staircase Waterfall”
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8.7 Miles East of Intersection of Houston Mesa Rd and Hwy 260, You will cross several river crossings - you will park and walk through the forest road gate along the path for about a mile, then follow a trail down to the waterfall., Payson, AZ 85541
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Reviewed 26 June 2017

My hiking club recently visited what is now called Water Wheel Falls due to the old water wheel near the parking area. It is well signed. $9 per vehicle, senior and other passes NOT accepted. Cash only, exact change required. We left the parking area...More

Thank Shannon G
Reviewed 14 September 2016

Used be called the "cold springs". It was a hidden gem. There was not a log placed there. Used to jump off the rocks. I went there a lot during college in the mid 1970's. Not crowded at all. You could be the only one...More

Thank pikemurphy
Reviewed 1 November 2015 via mobile

This hike starts out easy but becomes a bit difficult when you have to climb boulders and cross the river to get to waterfall, water can be waist deep, which is ok on a hot summer day. Views are just amazing and plenty of places...More

Thank Claudia3223
Reviewed 31 August 2015 via mobile

We rode a motorcycle out and packed swimsuits. I changed out of boots and threw on flimsy flip flops and trekked down to the watering hole. I had to go barefoot for a lot of it for better balance and due to slippery rocks. The...More

3  Thank Allanna P
Reviewed 7 July 2015 via mobile

We were there the weekend of 4th July and it was a total washout, not only way too many people frequent this spot, the majority of them believe that their mother is coming behind them to pick up all the trash they leave behind. There...More

2  Thank noflackjack
Reviewed 4 April 2015

First, off this "easy" hike as listed in other reviews is more of an up and down rock climb. From the posts it states that it is just a walk down a path for a mile or so but in all reality is about a...More

8  Thank MattP1984
Reviewed 23 June 2014

I just visited the spot in Jun, 2014. It is still there and it is still great place. We arrived Sunday, 2:00 pm and ~20 people were around. Around 4:00 pm majority of them gone. So not that many people for busy, hot Sunday. Unfortunately...More

11  Thank Jacenty_1967
Reviewed 23 February 2014

Although this is a beautiful place it has severely declined in recent years. Mostly due to the publicity it has received and recent closure of Fossil Creek from the Strawberry side. I have been visiting it since 1994 and in recent years the volume of...More

18  Thank noflackjack
Reviewed 22 November 2013

Drive east from 87/Houston Mesa Rd for 8.4 miles (just past Second Crossing Campground). There is a small forest road on the right side. Walk past the locked gate on the forest road for about a mile or so, and there will be a trail...More

4  Thank Jennifer W
Reviewed 12 October 2013

we tried to get to the Staircase Waterfall in payson but the address you provided us took us to a massage therapy salon. We could never find the falls . You might want to recheck the address and the map.

5  Thank Don D
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