Cibecue Creek Trail
ElevationAscent: 486' 148 m
Descent: -45' -14 m
High: 3,617' 1,102 m
Low: 3,170' 966 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 11% (6°)
“A terrific trail along Cibecue Creek to reach a beautiful green/blue 40 ft waterfall, dogs welcome.”— Rachel Stubbs
Children 10-14 years old must have a $3 Juvenile Fishing Permit. Children under 10 do not require permits.
In order to access Cibecue Falls, all ages must have a $30 Access Permit
There is camping before the trailhead. Camping, fishing and hiking are all covered under the Special Use Permit.
Expect to get wet on this trail as you'll cross the creek several times. Bring extra clothing and shoes for the drive home, and leave them in your vehicle.
For most of the duration of the journey, you'll be running in the same drainage as the creek. The water is very clear and you can see where you are stepping easily when you need to cross. The rocks are NOT slippery as I had expected and my dog (Beagle) was able to jump over any boulders we had to climb over. Remember, dogs find a way better than us humans.
Along the way, remember to look up and around while running, there are some of the most spectacular views of the canyon walls. You'll be making your way up the narrow canyon, and while you'll want to pay attention to your feet, the views are spectacular.
As the canyon walls narrow, you'll notice that you're getting closer to the falls. You can climb on the rocks and though the water will be tempting, remember that swimming is prohibited on Apache land.
Beware of monsoon and rain, as the area is prone to flash flooding, and go early or there will be a lot of people.
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Land Manager: White Mountain Apache Tribe Game and Fish Department