The Grand Falls (Chocolate Falls) is one of the five highest waterfalls in Arizona. At 185 feet high it is taller than Niagara Falls (183 feet) though not nearly as wide. Grand Falls is part of the Little Colorado River. The Grand Falls are known for the beautiful rainbows created by the impact and spray of the falls. These muddy falls are a spectacular sight to be seen. Known in the Southwest for its many tiers of water and strong flow, the Grand Falls are an incredible phenomena. These falls were created by volcanic runoff from Merriam Crater and created a lava dam. Located 30 miles East of Flagstaff, this waterfall wonder sits on Navajo Nation land in the Painted Desert.
During the Coal Mine Canyon Day Trip we will first visit a field of lava at the base of the Sunset Crater Volcano. We will then visit the Wupatki Indian Ruins. Then we will visit the beautiful Coal Mine Canyon at the edge of the Painted Desert. Fewer than a couple hundred visitors each year see the amazingly colorful formations that line the upper end of the ravine.