Drive Time: 5 1/2 Hours Duration: Full Day Excursion Departure Time: Early Morning Months Offered: Year Round Trail Rating: 1-3 Meal: Must Pack in Food/Drinks Park Pass Required: Yes
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Pacheta Falls is a picturesque 131 foot waterfall at an elevation of 8,073 feet. The falls are surrounded by tall Ponderosa Pine and Douglas Fir trees and shearing cliffs that lead towards the Black River within the White Mountains. Pacheta Falls is spectacular and worth the several hour drive leading to beautiful washboard forest roads where you will hike and explore this hidden gem in the high country of Arizona.

History

During the turn of the century, two cowboys living near a remote lake (now called Pacheta Lake) had been caught cheating at cards. As their reputation grew, they became known as a “Pair of Cheaters”, hence the name “Pacheta”. During this time, fur trappers from Colorado were active looking for beaver along the Black River.

Two Ways of Reaching the Falls

Close Approach – This requires a 4×4 with high clearance to reach a parking area much closer to the falls along an old logging road. From here it is only a short walk to the falls.

1.5 Mile Hike In – (3 mile round-trip hike) The scenery along the hike in to the Pacheta Falls is spectacular. The main hiking trail follows Pacheta Creek for 1.5 miles downstream before reaching the falls. This trail passes through a Ponderosa Pine forest interspersed with Douglas Fir, and crosses several meadows. Various wildlife can be spotted during the hike.

Wildlife

Often spotted along the hike to the falls are: Bighorn Sheep, Black Bear, Elk, Wild Horses, and Wild Turkey.

Permit Required – $15 (per person)

You will need to purchase theĀ Black & Salt River Special Use Permit from the White Mountain Apache Tribe at the following vendor location as we pass by:

Hon-Dah Ski & Outdoor Sport – (877) 226-4868
Located at: Hwy 260 Mile Post 357

Drive Time and Departure Time

Drive Time: It takes about 5 1/2 hours to drive to the falls parking location where depending on your chosen method of approach (1.5 mile hike or closer short walk) we plan to arrive around 12 noon.

Departure Time: We must leave early morning (5am) due to the length of the drive to reach the falls.

Pacheta Falls Itinerary

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