Grand Falls, Arizona

Arizona’s Grand Falls (Chocolate Falls) CLOSED

It used to be that visitors were able to reach Grand Falls on the Navajo Nation, but due to constant disrespect for the area, its residents, and their livestock, the tribe has decided to indefinitely close off access to tourists.

In respect of the tribe’s wishes to keep this area sacred, I’ve decided to remove directions from this post and dedicate it to raising awareness on the matter. If you are wondering why it is closed, or wondering what you can do instead, keep reading.

Why Did Grand Falls Close?

Grand Falls AKA Chocolate Falls, Arizona.
Photo taken August 2022.

The Leupp Chapter – which is the first established Navajo Nation Chapter – was gracious enough to allow tourists onto their land for years to witness the beauty of Grand Falls aka Chocolate Falls themselves.

Unfortunately, over time, it grew so popular that it was attracting the wrong types of crowds, and they’ve been left with no choice but to close off access.

Visitors were littering, exploring deeper into their sacred spaces without permission, trespassing on their private property, 4×4’ing where they weren’t supposed to, and chasing their livestock. It is all terrible, but the chasing the livestock is what really gets to me. So disappointing.

It is quite sad that people feel so obliged to be disrespectful, especially when it isn’t their land.

Can You Still Visit Chocolate Falls?

Grand Falls, Arizona.
Photo taken August 2022.

As far as I know the Leupp Chapter does not have any plans to re-open access to tourists. They are closing off visitor access indefinitely.

I was reached out to personally by a member of the Grand Falls Coalition, whom happens to reside a half mile from the falls themselves. Their livestock has been aggressively chased by off road vehicles, and they attested to the fact that 4×4 vehicles were traveling to restricted areas. The member stated visitors should have just stayed at the overlook.

The member also kindly requested I remove the information on Grand Falls because they’ve chosen to close it indefinitely, and from what I’ve heard, people are still trying to trespass and not abide by their wishes.

Grand Falls aka Chocolate Falls.
Photo taken August 2022.

This is why I’ve chosen to remove all directions to Grand Falls and eventually delete this post altogether, once more people realize that the falls are indefinitely closed.

If you’re not from the area and are looking for other things to do, I’d be more than happy to redirect you.

Thank you for respecting the wishes of the Navajo Nation residents!

I hope moving forward we can spread light on the main issue – we all need to treat our lands with more respect and take care of them for future generations.

Grand Falls, Arizona
Photo taken August 2022.

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10 thoughts on “Arizona’s Grand Falls (Chocolate Falls) CLOSED

  1. techtender says:

    I was more than happy to search out this web-site. I wanted to thanks for your time for this excellent read!! I undoubtedly enjoying every little little bit of it and I have you bookmarked to take a look at new stuff you blog post.

    • Kara says:

      Hi Grace- I know, such a bummer. It is unfortunate people have to ruin it for others. I’m hoping they open back up as well, and if they do I will update this post and try to remember to message you again! This time of year isn’t really the best to visit anyways (unless it is after a huge monsoon season). Fingers crossed for the future!

  2. Terryl says:

    This area is now closed to tourists as it should be. This is not public land. It is sacred Tribal land. Outsiders don’t belong there

    • Kara says:

      Yes, it is currently closed as of 4/6/23 and that is why I have the snippet at the very top of the post letting readers know. Whether the tribes choose to open it back up to the public or not is their choice and will be respected.

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