I’ve always thought Deer Creek Falls is one of the most amazing things in Grand Canyon. If you’re on one of our lower Canyon (hike in) or full Canyon trips you might stop there. Some people might not give Deer Creek enough credit because getting to the waterfall is actually pretty easy; it is about a 200-yard hike from the boats. It isn’t a hidden gem, it isn’t a strenuous hike, it isn’t something that only a few people a year see. And that’s why people might overlook this amazing place.
But let me tell you why it IS so amazing. The boats generally park upstream and you’ve got a rocky little hike over a small hill onto a little creek crossing. You’ll hear it before you see it. Then you turn right and get you first glimpse of this shockingly beautiful waterfall. I’ve heard it described as a 125, 80 or even 60 feet but regardless of the height, it is impressive.
Walking up to the base of the waterfall, you feel the rush of refreshingly cold air (feels like an air conditioner). You wade into the water and swim to the the base, being doused with clear creek water.
From here, you might make a scrambly hike up to the ‘Patio,’ above Deer Creek Falls, or even up to the Throne Room at Dutton Springs. For some, the Patio is on of their list of favorite hikes and I’ve done it and loved it. But I’ve also sat in the shade by that 125- or 80- or 60-foot waterfall and soaked up the view, the sounds, and the air conditioner.