Arizona Cliff Jumping

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In Arizona there are ways to beat the 120° heat through Arizona’s guide to cliff jumping. As a forewarning, the depth of the water changes based on the amount of rain and you should always check the water depth for your safety.

Fossil Creek (moderate)

The waterfall is about 25 feet and the highest part of the cliff to jump off of is roughly 25 feet. The trail directly goes to waterfall and is about 1.2 miles. The best place to jump is adjacent to the waterfall where the water should be deep enough all year round. No paid parking but it does fill up quick. There are multiple tiers that can be jumped off including a rock formation that is at least 7 feet higher. Parking permits are $6.

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Wet Beaver Creek

Wet Beaver Creek

It’s a 7 mile hike where you’ll definitely be breaking a sweat by the time you get to the creek. Even though jumps only get close to 30 feet check the water depth before jumping and be careful with how you enter the water. The flat tops are great for practicing flips. There’s no fee or pass required to park at the trailhead just follow Bell Trail.

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Saguaro Lake (moderate)


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Find your way to Ship Rock and you’ll be pleasantly surprised. You’re diving off cliffs into about 80 feet of water.There is a 30ish-foot cliff on the north side of the lake (about a 20 minute hike from the restaurant). For those less adventurous, there are also lower levels from 8 to 15 feet that you can jump off of. Word is that there is an 80 foot cliff on the south side (about an hour hike from the restaurant and boat dock). Park for free in parking lot. Additionally, along the path at Butchers Jones.

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Slide Rock (easy)

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Natural waterslides are the main attraction. Additionally, there are also jumps up to 35 feet. Depending on the season, there may not be enough water. The dry season usually ends in October. A definite worthwhile trip from Phoenix for the day with everything else to do in area. The water might be a touch cold.

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Apache Lake (moderate)

Natural waterslides are the main attraction. Additionally, there are also jumps up to 40 feet. Another spot where you’ll need a boat to access the cliffs worth jumping from. There’s tons of options though as highlighted in the video above. Even if it looks deep, check the depth before jumping, because I have hit the bottom in spots here that looked deep. Most of the tops are fairly flat though meaning there is enough room to get a running start to really make that gainer stand out.

Apache Lake Marina & Resort 229.5 Mile Marker Roosevelt, AZ 85545

Havasupai Falls (easy to extreme)

Just watch the video. This is a must do for anyone who is an adventurer. However, you need a permit in order to do the hike and they are on short supply. This is place is incredible and everyone must go.

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Tonto Creek Narrows (easy)

Narrows Following the trail from the parking lot will lead to the cliffs and the swimming hole. Jumps are no larger than 30 feet but most are closer to 15 feet. *Access to the swimming area has been “closed” technically. Careful with how you enter the water, it’s super easy to touch the bottom.

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Lake Pleasant

Some jumps up over 50 feet. One guy jumped over 100 feet however, some people have died at that height for legal purposes we advise no one should jump here. However the deepest water level points are by Scorpion Bay, Vista Bay, Beismeyer Point, Two Cow Point Cove, Desert Tortoise, and the Spillway. This is the closest cliff jumping location from Phoenix. Most of the best spots are most accessible by boat. Check water level before you jump as the water levels have subsided recently.

Bull Pen Swimming Hole (easy)

There is a rope swing and a cute little jump. The water gets up to 10 feet deep so you should be good. If you’re already in the area, you may want to check it out, but don’t go exclusively for this.

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Toilet Bowl

Toilet Bowl Cliff Jump AZ

Down 5 miles into the heart of the canyon, there is a waterfall that splits off into two distinct ways, the first is your standard waterfall roughly 15 feet. The other split leads into this vortex of spinning water simulating a tornado. When you jump in, it will spin you around, there is a small rope to assist climbing in or out. Or, people attempt to swim under the small crack under water, but the spinning motion in the water makes it difficult to navigate through the small crack. There is a cave that that goes back like 15 yards where you can climb up on the sides. The water is exotic blue. Additionally, you can jump a couple other places near the island the cave and river split by the island/boulder.

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California Cove (easy to extreme)

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Technically on the California side of the border in Havasu, it is accessible by boat or a wild hike. This can be as extreme or easy as you like depending on how much you trust yourself in the climb up. Most people jump from roughly 25 feet here, but I have seen people jump upwards over 50 feet, but the climb is sketchy. The mountain in the background is where you can get more height and jump off higher.

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