Fossil Creek Waterfall Trail

EASY 21 reviews
#25 of 134 trails in

Fossil Creek Waterfall Trail is a 2.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Camp Verde, Arizona that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
229 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

4 days ago

Easy trail with spots to cool off on the way to the waterfall.

11 days ago

Don't make the mistake of not getting a parking reservation. Drive a 4 wheel drive. Rough Road.
We did not experience the trails.

hiking
20 days ago

Absolutely beautiful lagoon and waterfall to swim in after a moderate but hot hike. Sandy and rocky in spots with minimal climbing unless you want to climb the waterfall to dive in the lagoon. Bring in and bring out everything. The ride there was rough with rocks, snaking around mountains. Scary. All wheel drive is recommended. Reserve a spot at waterfall lot for the closest lot to waterfall. There are only 20. This was paradise.

hiking
28 days ago

Beautiful trail that varies between rocky and sandy. You can carry a cooler through it, but having one on wheels would be a little tricky. There are several spots along the way to the falls to stop and swim. Those are my favorite spots. They are less busy and absolutely beautiful. Try to park at Waterfall Trail lot or the Irving lot. Those are the closest to the trailhead.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Would rate the trail a moderate difficulty. Glad they implemented a permit system as i can see it can get dense with visitors. Reserve in advance. Amazing water spots!

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Awesome fun! safe n energizing trail. definitely for nature n water lovers...

hiking
3 months ago

Short and easy hike to a cool waterfall.

3 months ago

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hiking
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5 months ago

Rating this because the drive was gorgeous! My small car barely made it on those bumpy roads though. I drove up to a sign that said Fossil Creek Access, with an arrow pointing to the right, so drove down that way and the road got so bad I just had to turn around and drive back. So the waterfall trailhead was never found, but I came around a corner focusing on the bumpy road, and there was a cow standing there staring at me. Just glad I didn't hit it! Hoping to go back for the trail with a better vehicle and in the spring/summer!!

hiking
6 months ago

I would suggest this trail in the winter after October 1 and before April 1. The trail was so quiet and serene and no parking permit is necessary in the winter. Plus the 15 mile road in hugs the edge of sheer cliff the whole way and is a bumpy road. I can't imagine driving it in the summer with intoxicated 20 somethings flying around the corners. The trail was easy as long as you follow the arrows. Make sure to go past the first somewhat large waterfall as that isn't it. The trail continues about another .25 miles to the main waterfall where the trail ends. Just stay alongside the creek and you won't lose the trail. The solitude and beauty was well worth the trip in the fall. The leaves were changing and it was nice and cool. Very pretty and easy to get to.

7 months ago

7 months ago

Really pretty!

8 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

hiking
Saturday, May 28, 2016

This is a great trail along Fossil Creek to one of many waterfalls on the creek. Easy out & back trail. Pet friendly with many spots to stop, swim, take pictures or relax. A must do trail for anyone. Gets heavy traffic, but is worth it when you see the creek. This area was recently restored by de-commissioning an old power-plant and restoring native fish. One of the best and easiest trails in Arizona.