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Water Wheel Falls

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Payson is about 1.5 hrs from where we live, so this was a great option for a nice change of... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Phoenix, Arizona
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Beatiful Trail

This is an easy hike with amazing views. You are surrounded by water the enter hike. It is very... read more

Reviewed August 27, 2018
Fountain Hills, Arizona
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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Tonto National Forest, Payson, AZ 85541
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Payson is about 1.5 hrs from where we live, so this was a great option for a nice change of scenery. There was no park fee and because of the time of year, we did not have any trouble parking. Although, I wish there was...More

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Reviewed August 27, 2018

This is an easy hike with amazing views. You are surrounded by water the enter hike. It is very peaceful and if you hike all the way to the end you will see a beautiful waterfall. You can swim in the water and there are...More

3  Thank AZGina
Reviewed August 16, 2018 via mobile

My brother and I heard about this place so we decided to hike it when we were in the area. It's a fun little hike. It's not really marked out to good but if you follow the water you will come to the waterfall. Really...More

2  Thank Budda11
Reviewed July 24, 2018

This is just a great, short hike to a beautiful spot. Plenty of parking and there are some picnic tables and BBQ's if you want to take some time here. It's a very easy hike and dogs are allowed. Nice memorial to the terrible tragedy...More

3  Thank shendrix
Reviewed June 4, 2018

This is excellent walking along the river, climbing the rocks and meandering the winding trail. We sat at the water wheel for some period speaking of bygone days when water was used to power the wheels for milling grains, pumping air into bellows that were...More

5  Thank John88Star
Reviewed May 25, 2018

There are four trail heads basically along this creek. This trail got tricky for my little dogs so we stopped and spent along time in a sort of enclosed area with a cool pool to splash in. Just lovely. I didn't go as far along...More

3  Thank Hobnob_Hobo
Reviewed January 31, 2018 via mobile

Before coming to AZ, I tried to do my research, however there was not much information online. My recommendation is to start at “The Wheel” which is between the first and second “Crossing”. I started at the first crossing and took a long and uneventful...More

2  Thank spicy-octopus
Reviewed January 13, 2018 via mobile

Not from the area and wasn’t aware of the flood and deaths here. There are memorials so of course you think of it. It didn’t look like a path was cleared anymore? We didn’t hang too long and took the gorgeous drive thru the Tonto...More

7  Thank Melissa R
Reviewed November 20, 2017

We parked at the 2nd crossing. Took a 4-mile hike. The weather was nice. The streams were full of roaring water, and the reflection of fall colors in the river was impressive. We didn't go all the way as there was a black bear foraging...More

2  Thank Shawn C
Reviewed November 15, 2017

Spacious area with fantastic views of many water ways coming to a junction. Climbing is the best adjective to describe navigating over the rocks, boulders and crevices. And caution is advised when doing so in icy/wet conditions. Extra caution is advised when visiting the area...More

1  Thank Maggi T
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November 18, 2018|
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Response from nickimats | Reviewed this property |
Hi there, January will be a beautiful time to visit! Depending on the weather, Payson can get a little cold and icy. However, as long as the sun is out, you should be fine!
Virginia K
September 16, 2018|
Response from Yerma J |
In one of the reviews, the person said there was a $9.00 charge