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Difficulty II-III
Length 16 Miles
Flow Range 200 - 2000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 2 hours ago 0 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 10/12/2018 8:01 pm

River Description

North of Winslow Arizona, the Little Colorado River plunges over Grand Falls, a steep escarpment higher than Niagra. Swollen with spring snow melt, summer monsoons, or hurricane bonus storm, the LCR can be an amazing sight when shes rolling.
Although the Navajo Nation prohibits boating access below Grand Falls, people have run the river downstream where one bank is privately owned.
Challenging rapids navigable by canoes, kayaks, and small rafts at moderate levels.
Seven or eight miles below the falls the river flattens out again.
Near the Wupatki take-out, what was once an old dam has filled with sand and become Black Falls. It is unrunnable.

Please get permits before boating on the Wupatki National Monument prior to putting on.

Rapid Descriptions

Grand Falls

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West of Wolf Crossing and NorthWest of Leupp


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Little CO River Dams Receive Preliminary Permits, New Proposal Submitted (AZ)

Kestrel Kunz

In October of 2019, we reported that Phoenix-based hydroelectric company, Pumped Hydro Storage, submitted applications to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for preliminary permits for two different hydroelectric projects in the Little Colorado River basin. At the end of May, both proposals received approval for their preliminary permits despite formal intervention from Native American tribes, American Whitewater, many of our members, and numerous environmental organizations. Thank you to those of you who provided your comments to FERC! These comments are on record and will help the continued fight against these dams. Next up, the same hydropower company has submitted another preliminary dam proposal on Big Canyon. American Whitewater is reviewing the Big Canyon application and is working on providing our supporters with guidance to submit your own comments.


Kestrel Kunz


Craig Irwin


Matt Muir


Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1208049 07/15/17 Kestrel Kunz
1210423 10/12/18 Craig Irwin 1
1210425 10/12/18 Craig Irwin 1
1189913 03/11/06 n/a n/a