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Chocolate Mist

At 185 feet, Grand Falls is taller than Niagra Falls. 

Access is not easy, as it's on the Navajo Nation, and the dirt road to it

is long and rough. Technically, you're supposed to get a permit from the

Navajo Tribal Committee... but they don't really seem to care - perhaps

because so few people venture out there.  I wouldn't recommend a

passenger car even attempt it, unless - you know -

you're in a rental, or a company car.      :-)

 

And after hiking down into the gully.... of course, you have to hike back up!

photoblog image Grand Falls 40 b.jpg

 

 

Chocolate Mist

At 185 feet, Grand Falls is taller than Niagra Falls. 

Access is not easy, as it's on the Navajo Nation, and the dirt road to it

is long and rough. Technically, you're supposed to get a permit from the

Navajo Tribal Committee... but they don't really seem to care - perhaps

because so few people venture out there.  I wouldn't recommend a

passenger car even attempt it, unless - you know -

you're in a rental, or a company car.      :-)

 

And after hiking down into the gully.... of course, you have to hike back up!

photoblog image Grand Falls 40 b.jpg

 

 

comments (18)

That is amazing.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: It's something to behold! Thanks for your visit, Michael!
  • Ray
  • Not in United States
  • 7 Jun 2017, 03:20
Awesome is the appropriate word here, Elizabeth.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: It's not an overstatement for this place!
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 7 Jun 2017, 04:41
This is worth the trouble to get a view like this... I can hear the roar from the water and that colour. This is excellent, Elizabeth. Do I assume you have a company car??? (wink)
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: It certainly was, Astrid! Thank you so much!
Nah - we went in our Nissan Rogue... AWD, high clearance. We call her "Roxie" because our first adventure in her, we had to drive a 30 mile pitted, rutted, washer board road & cross a dry, sandy wash with near vertical walls. No problem! I said "This car's got Moxie! We'll call her Roxie!"
You're showing us places I've never even heard of, Elizabeth, let alone seen. So THANK YOU.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I'm so glad, Ginnie! There's a whole world out there I've never heard of... so I'm happy to show you something that may be new to you! You're welcome - and thank YOU! smile
  • Chris
  • England
  • 7 Jun 2017, 06:05
I have never even heard of this place yet its bigger than Niagra.

Poor old Frank!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Such is life on the Rez! smile

He made it just fine - it's just that last steep bit... smile
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 7 Jun 2017, 06:54
Hahah! Its funny that I will take rental cars to places I would not take my own (don't tell Hertz). So how long will this volume of water flow this this?

I know just how Frank feels, hiking at even that altitude. Flagstaff featured on one of the sports features on the BBC News; a training camp for some our athletes and Flagstaff was being used because of its altitude (and climate probably).
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Ain't that the truth! I once was talking to a pharmaceutical rep who was visiting our office - he wanted to know where to go to get out of town for the day and enjoy his visit to Arizona - I told him of a beautiful place, but added that he might not want to attempt it without a 4x4... he said with an evil grin... "Yes, yes... OR a company rented Ford Taurus" smile

I think the falls dwindle rather quickly.

Oh we've been grocery shopping with Mo Farah and his buddies! There are many, many athletes who train here. In 2015 nearly 500 international athletes graced our little town for some High Altitude Training. Many Olympians, we're proud to say!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 7 Jun 2017, 06:58
Oh, this is gorgeous - yes, pure chocolate!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, Philine! Makes my mouth water! smile
I bet Frank felt it was worth the hike back
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Absolutely... always!
The colour is simply amazing Elizabeth.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: You have to see to believe, eh?!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 7 Jun 2017, 10:25
Don't be gentle, it is a rental. Naughty girl. It is also alleged that the best 4x4 is a Toyota sedan from Avis.

Looking at your top picture, the hike must have been worthwhile.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: smile HAHA!!!

It was worth every bead of sweat! smile
Lots of chocolate mild for refreshment.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Yummm!!
It's just amazing. Frank looks to be getting a bit 'puffy' on the climb back.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: It was quite steep! But he never stops!
i can see that it is not visited that much, Elizabeth - perhaps that adds to the charm of it. but the two of you made it there in good form. excellent couple of images.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Yes, quite remote - definitely a bonus!
We had great fun!
Thanks so much, Ayush!
Looks like it's worth the trespassing... smile Yes, a rental car is always the best way to go on rough terrain...
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Definitely! Likely so! But we did well in our Nissan Rogue. AWD & high clearance!
Higher than Niagara! Odd, it doesn't look it. Frank, of course, is rather smaller than Niagrara smile
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I believe it doesn't look so high because it's stepped... where as Niagra just drops straight down. Frank is quite a bit smaller... smile
  • Beth
  • United States
  • 7 Jun 2017, 21:50
This series of falls is quite spectacular. Well done!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks so much, Beth! Glad you enjoyed it!
  • Steven
  • Chicagoland
  • 8 Jun 2017, 01:18
Excellent title to this beautiful capture which is so unique!!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you very much, Steven! I appreciate your appreciation! smile
Hey I was able to get on your blog tonight - and enjoyed flipping through your excellent photos - as usual!
True, it looks like chocolate, even if the flavor does not have to be the same smile
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: smile I didn't try to taste it - though I was tempted!

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