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Cibecue, Arizona Map

The drive up to Cibecue from Tucson is quiet a long drive. But these falls are more than worth it. You must purchase your tribal pass prior to going and the pass is per person. The fee is a little steep IMO. The trail is very easy to follow and offers multiple creek crossings to help cool you off if you are getting too hot. When you make it to the falls there are multiple areas for you to lay your stuff out and relax. But remember to pack out what you pack in.

Beautiful hike from start to finish. Although I was very disappointed in a few hikers before us who seem to have left their trash and clothing along the way. Just a reminder to always pick up what you bring in. Other than that, the sights were breathtaking. This has to be my favorite hike so far. (and yes, don't forget to buy your permit!)

Went about a month ago and the hike is easy and beautiful. Rangers definitely check for permits, so make sure you get yours online. Also, there is a dirt road that is pretty rough, make sure to bring a suitable vehicle. Well worth it!


Also received a 50 dollar ticket, the ranger says it is closed until further notice and he said they may never open it up again. DONT GO HERE!


Amazing trail and waterfall... but just posting that this trail is currently CLOSED due to fire restrictions. We were still able to purchase a permit at Sportsman's Warehouse in Phoenix, but the area IS closed and is being monitored by the White Mountain Apache Tribe (and they WERE ticketing - mostly hikers coming off the trail without permits, not so much those of us with permits as we had had difficulty finding this closure information anywhere). Below is the news page of the tribe, and a contact number to call and see if the trail is open. They said that this is the most reliable way to know when area is closed / reopened.



The views are beautiful!! However, just because dogs are allowed on the trail, I would not say it is a dog friendly trail. Our 80 pound dog who has hiked with us across the country, needed to be picked up and lowered back down to get over some of the boulders. Her paws became cut and deeply gouged by the riverbed rocks. We felt horrible after bringing her there because she couldn't walk. You may lose cell service just prior to the turn off, leaving GPS useless. The brown wooden sign with yellow lettering is not easily seen from the main roadway, which left us driving past it. Just know, that when you get to the bottom of the Salt River Canyon, you need to turn into what appears to be a parking lot, but is actually the correct road. It is a poorly maintained dirt road down to the trail. A vehicle with some ground clearance may be your best bet. The trail itself is not well marked. It crosses in and out of the river. With all of that said, it is still an absolutely beautiful, remote, hike, and the waterfall at the end is breathtaking!

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Got the permits online, only had to show the tenant the email/receipt on my phone.

Great hike even in the heat. The afternoon sun shades the canyon.

If you need a permit, call ‭(928) 338-4385‬. If you’re located in Phoenix, Sportsman’s Warehouse sells the permit, (480) 558-1111‬

Drove all the way up and the pay station in the parking area is non existent. The online link is broke. How do you get a permit to be allowed to view and hike in nature! Pretty irritated

The website for permits is expired. Does anyone know where to get a permit?

Please please please clean up your trash! Don’t leave a bunch of garbage! Great trail a lot of water crossings wore keen river shoes and had no blisters or scraps from straps. You will have to drive through water to get to the actual trailhead so having a 4x4 is helpful. Saw some small cars parked before the crossing but not much room for people to pile up their cars there.

Though the entrance cost is up there, it is 100% worth it. During the hike you constantly criss cross through the river so you may be tempted to wear thin water shoes but don’t! I made that mistake and I regretted it. But other than that, it is one of the best hikes you can take in the valley.

It was a very beautiful hike throughout, the cost was a little pricey compared to most and there was a ranger there to make sure the cars going in had their permits per person. There are not many trees along the river that are big enough for ham-mocking so if you decided to do that pick a spot before the waterfall to come back to. There were people jumping from pretty high up which was nice as long as you jump to the center. The water was warmer later in the day around 3 which was nice to get in and take pictures since it was freezing cold when we got there at 12. Very nice for a day picnic and hike great for a little swim spot too. Wouldn’t mind coming back to relax here. Wear your water shoes for the hike you cross the creek all the time and save the socks and tennis for the drive home. :)

Beautiful hike! In and out of water throughout. Easy. The waterfall is gorgeous! Does cost $30 per person. Purchase online.

Peaceful walk with a beautiful finish.

How can I purchase the permit online? What’s website?
Thank you

Does anyone know if this hike is closed due to fire restrictions?

There is no such thing as paying in person at the parking lot. The hike is very easy, follow the trails and if it ends then cross the river which is ankle or knee deep and continue until you reach the waterfall.

Perfect day for a hike. It's a minimally trafficked area as a result of the $30 fee associated to enter but well worth it. The waterfall at the end is incredible despite the cold water. You'll see a ton of nature, including snakes (yes snakes), hiking through the narrow trail which is more of an animal path at times. You need proper clearance to cross the creek to get to the trailhead, and expect to cross the river multiple times on your hike so bring proper shoes!

Beautiful day for hike. The fall was amazing! Water was a bit chilly for swimming but there were some who took the plunge. On our way back It was a little warm out when the breeze would stop, but walking through the creek several times was refreshing. If you decide to go, pack a lunch and enjoy your time there. Heck bring a hammock if you have one.

Amazing hike going in and out of the river making your way to waterfall. Wear shoes you don't mind getting wet and please make sure sure you pay the fee per person. It may seem steep but it helps the tribe and the hike is probably one of the cleanest trails I've ever seen. No trash. So the fees are going back into keeping the trail beautiful for you to enjoy in the future.

Talk about bang for your buck! Short easy hike through the creek with a breathtaking waterfall at the end!

My favorite hike. Gorgeous. $30 permit seems to help keep the crowds away. The off road trails are well kept and never ending. Lots of switch backs on the hike to the falls so be prepared to get your feet wet.

love love loved this hike #justiceforcoreylynch

Awesome hike. One of the best I've done in Arizona.
Hike is easy-ish but the waterfall at the end is what is worth it.

4 mile dirt road to get to the trail head
$30 permit fee - can only pay online

There is a trail most of the way but you have to cross the river multiple times.

Wet feet 4 sure. had the place to ourselves on a Wednesday.
having a pole helped 4 the 20 creek crossings.
get the permit at wmat.nsn.us.
it's worth it, so gorgeous. even the 4.3 dirt road along the salt river was stunning!

Trail and the waterfall were BEAUTIFUL to experience. First thing, get your $30 permit to visit the area. Recommend using SUVs or trucks (don’t have to specifically have 4WD). The drive to the trail, is narrow but it widens up in some areas. Got to the trailhead signs are easy to read and do a good job telling you where to go. As you walk the trail it is going to be rocky and thick green areas. I counted about 10 times our group across the river. You don’t need to bring your hiking boots or tennis shoes; we just wore our sandals (Tevas/Chacos). Nice hike to the waterfall, you see beautiful structure in the walls. Very beautiful. Seeing the waterfall was amazing. The hike took overall about 2.5-3 hours to complete. Please take your trash with you! Very beautiful site on the White Mountain Apache Reservation, please be respectful of the tribal lands and regulations. Overall, I thought the trail was EASY. Not a lot of climbing boulders, mainly walking around them.

Easy, petty water hike ended with a waterfall

One of the most beautiful “trails” (more like a trudge) and the waterfall is the icing on the cake. Prepare to get wet! Water is cold even in the summer and there are now guided groups during weekends in the warm months.

Great spot! The trail is easy to find. The road isn't that bad getting there. I camped in the 1st campsite right on the river with my travel trailer. Took my truck down the road along the river which is a nice drive. Only a a few miles. Some a little rough but most of it is basic off road. This time of year no one was out there. The trail is easy to find. You can take whatever route you want in the different trails along the river. You can't get lost. Yes you have to cross the river a lot. Water is low this season so it was easy. The massive canyon walls are amazing. Very awesome I enjoy as you walk. The waterfall is flowing great right now despite no rain I was impressed!

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