Cibecue Falls is another incredible adventure making Arizona arguably the best adventure state in the USA. It is a beautiful walk along the creek all while being in a stunning canyon. The canyon is almost as pretty as the waterfall itself.
Cibecue Falls is one of the best waterfall hikes and best overall hikes in all of Arizona! It epitomizes everything you could want in a hike and is just 2 hours from Phoenix! If you want more waterfalls see here for the 13 best waterfall hikes in Arizona!
While the waterfall by itself is terrific, the the canyons, streams and hike just add to the perfect adventure day. If you have ever hiked West Fork Trail in Sedona, it is almost as nice as that but then add in the waterfall at the end!
This is the perfect hike during an Arizona summer as you cross the creek 7 times keeping you cool on your hike. There is also a good amount of shade to keep you from being exposed for too long. Take your time and don’t be afraid to get wet jumping into the little swimming holes along the way.
How do you get to Cibecue Creek?
The drive out as you get closer to the hike is beautiful as well. It is such a great all around day trip from the small town of Globe on to stop in, to the drive and even getting to the trailhead. After you turn off the highway you will be greeted by driving alongside the cliff as you can see people white water rafting in the water below.
Getting to the trail is a little tricky as you lose service and Google Maps can go haywire. I suggest downloading Google Offline maps before you go so service issues don’t have you missing the turn.
We missed the turn so here is my failure being your success. The turn is the first turn to the left immediately after crossing the bridge. Then you hit the dirt road and there will most likely be rangers checking for your permits near the start.
From there you go straight down the road to the falls for just 15 minutes. The road is a little sketchy as it turns into one lane and it is alongside a cliff that goes down a long ways.
You can park in two places, before the stream or if you have a SUV or Truck, drive through the stream and park at the trailhead immediately to the right after the stream. If you keep going straight after the stream for longer than 20 seconds you have missed the parking lot and might be driving to middle earth.
How do you get permits for Cibecue Creek?
Before you go make sure to get your $30 permits here wmatoutdoor.org. Getting the permits can be a little confusing on the website but I cover it more in “tips” below. You do have to get it though per my mention of passing the rangers before you start.
What Shoes Should You Wear For Cibecue Creek?
Do not wear standard hiking shoes that you have to take off. You cross the water seven times and I have seen people just turn around after a while from continuing to take their shoes on and off.
I go sockless in my trail running shoes for this hike, West Fork Trail, Havasupai to Beaver Creek and any hike that has water crossings. Of course tevas work or any shoes meant for water and hiking. Sockless in trail running shoes are the move though!
Where is Apache Falls?
Apache falls is the secret tip that some people don’t know about when going to Cibecue Falls. Apache falls aren’t that extremely impressive but worth stopping by to check them out.
They are right under the bridge that you cross before the Cibecue Falls turnoff. To get there, when you go back to the highway, go to the road to the right just before the highway. If coming off the highway, it will be your first left turn and wrap under the bridge.
Just a 2 minute drive from the highway turnoff, under the bridge and you are there. They are very wide and loud but it can be very peaceful if no one else is around. It is a known party spot though on weekend nights so be aware when you go.