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Saturday, October 18, 2014

The Carr Canyon Waterfall

Back in mid-September, we had the fallout from Hurricane Odile make its way north and through Arizona.  It was a fantastic addition to our water year- one of the best in recent memory in Sierra Vista.  I think we got around 13 inches of water between July 4 and the end of September.  One afternoon, I stepped outside from work and saw that the Carr Canyon waterfall was flowing pretty good, so decided to go and take a drive when I got off of work.  Unfortunately the road was closed because the creek was too high, so this picture was the closest I could get, and the picture doesn't do the waterfall justice.  The falls are visible from most of Sierra Vista, and most of the year are just a dark stain on a cliff south of town- dry marks from when water flows, or a wet smudge from the trickle that is there a few months of the year.  During monsoon season though, the falls can get flowing pretty good.   We weren't the only ones who wanted to go see the falls, because several other cars pulled up, saw the road closed by the raging stream, and turned around. 
On the way home, the Dragoon Mountains off in the distance looked almost like you'd see in a painting.  Once again, the picture just doesn't quite do it.  But, it was fun getting out for a drive after dinner.

Nearest City: Sierra Vista, AZ
Location: off of Carr Canyon Road
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  1. That is to bad you couldn't make it to the waterfalls. I love finding a falls on my adventures. I also like the look of Arizona, I really need to make it out there one day. It reminds me so much of west Texas and Big Bend National Park.

  2. Thank you for the information regarding the waterfall. It helped us to know when they can best be seen.