When you think of Arizona waterfalls is not one of the first things that come to mind. However Arizona is home to several spectacular waterfalls, one of these is Fossil Creek Falls.
The falls are only part of what makes this area very special. Fossil Creek runs year rounds fed by a collection of artesian springs. The spring water bubble out of the ground at a constant 72 degrees. The water is supersaturated with calcium carbonate, giving the water is unique color. Also as the water flows down stream and collects in pools the calcium carbonate forms travertine. These traverine deposits is the source of the name of the creek, sorry kids no dinosaurs here.
As Fossil Creek is a short drive from Phoniex you can image how busy this area can get in the summer, In fact it has become so busy the Forest Service is now issuing permits to manage the crowds in the summer. However we visited in the late spring, it is still chilly on the hike to the falls, this allow us to have the place to ourselves.