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Cibecue Falls in Arizona

Enjoy a refreshing pool by a secluded waterfall

Cibecue Falls
Cibecue Falls
Cibecue Falls
Cibecue Falls

Cibecue is a small town in Navajo County, eastern Arizona. It belongs to the White Mountains Apache Reservation. The main attraction of Cibecue is a canyon, and a beautiful waterfall which cuts right through the tall canyon walls just outside its limits. Visitors have to take a 2.5-mi (4-km) hike along a trail that traverses the Cibecue Creek. Following the creek upstream it is easy to get to the waterfall. As the canyon narrows down, it is possible to hear pounding on the falls.

And what an unforgettable feeling it must be to take a dip into chilly blue-green water after the hike! However, mind that officially swimming is not allowed anywhere in the reservation.

The best time to visit Cibecue Falls is hiking season from May through September since many trails in the reservation are closed from Labour Day to April.

Practical info

When is the best time to visit Cibecue Falls?

Visitors can hike the trail and enjoy the cool water of the waterfall pool at Cibecue Falls between May and September, as many trails on the reservation are closed to tourists from Labour Day to April. Show more

How long is the hike to get to the waterfall?

To reach Cibecue Falls visitors must traverse a moderately challenging trail that follows Cibecue Creek. The 2.5-mile (4 km) hike takes up to an hour each way, depending on fitness levels and stops. Taking the time to savor the magnificent views along the trail enriches the experience. Show more

Can you swim in Cibecue Falls?

The inviting waterfalls at Cibecue Falls create a tempting swimming hole although signs indicate that swimming is prohibited officially. Visitors are urged to respect the reservation's rules to ensure their safety by refraining from swimming in the pool, which many break. Show more

Where is Cibecue located in Arizona?

Cibecue is a small town in Navajo County, located in eastern Arizona on the White Mountains Apache Reservation. Access to Cibecue Falls is via trails maintained by the Apache Nation, located in an autonomous land region outside of Arizona's jurisdiction. Show more

What is the temperature of the water in the pool?

Cibecue Falls attracts visitors with its inviting blue-green water, but the temperature varies from a chilly icy cold in winter to around 70°F (21°C) in summer. A refreshing and cold dip in the waterfall pool can awaken the senses and is perfect after a grueling hike on a hot day. Show more

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