Grand Falls -Chocolate Falls.
The falls, created by volcanic runoff from Merriam Crater, are located 30 miles East of Flagstaff and sit on Navajo Nation land in the Painted Desert of Arizona . They are fed by the snowmelt and rain from the White Mountains in the spring, and from monsoons in the summer.
Grand Falls is over 181 feet tall. For scale, Niagara Falls is 176 feet, and the actual waterfall is only 70 feet due to rocks at the base. So yes, Grand Falls is taller than Niagara Falls!
The area terrain is very rocky, and rough to get to, and it’s recommended you have a vehicle with four-wheel.
It was a wonderful adventure.
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. Please keep an eye on young children and pets.
The Grand Falls Recreational Area is on Navajo Nation land and is maintained by the Leupp Chapter House.The falls are fed by the Little Colorado River with water coming from Mount Baldy, located 140 miles southeast, and several other smaller creeks from the Colorado Plateau. This is a good day trip. They do offer tours leaving from Flagstaff if you prefer to not drive in. It’s a 2 1/2 hour tour. For those that are up for adventure this is a spectacular trip.