Little Colorado - 01. Below Grand Falls to above Black Falls

Little Colorado, Arizona, US


01. Below Grand Falls to above Black Falls

Usual Difficulty II-III (for normal flows)
Length 16 Miles

Grand Falls at flood

Grand Falls at flood
Photo of Grand Falls

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-09402000 200 - 2000 cfs II-III 00h47m 60.3 cfs (too low)
Flow range for best boatability uncertain. Please help your fellow boaters with a comment or report.

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.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2018-10-12 20:01:19


Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
0.0Grand FallsN/APutin Waterfall

Rapid Descriptions

Grand Falls (Class N/A)

West of Wolf Crossing and NorthWest of Leupp

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