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Grand Falls near Leup by Bill Christensen


Leupp (pronounced "loop") is a small Navajo community located an hour northeast of Flagstaff.

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See a seasonally cascading waterfall taller than Niagara Falls in the heart of Arizona's Navajo Nation.

In an area of surging waters, the town of Leupp, in the southwestern corner of the Navajo Nation, was relocated to higher ground to help farmers avoid floods. Town founder Francis E. Leupp grew up around the Little Colorado River, where early residents planted corn, beans, and squash on the flood plain. After a series of floods in the 1940s, the town bearing his name was moved to its present location on higher ground.

About an hour northwest of town, those with high-clearance vehicles and a Navajo Nation hiking permit can visit the remote Grand Falls, a seasonal waterfall taller than Niagara Falls. Best viewing is in early spring and during the summer rainy season—the falls aren't much more than a trickle the rest of the year. The Navajo Nation's Twin Arrows Casino is also within an hour's drive, as are Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument and Homolovi State Park.

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Navajo Tourism Department | Window Rock, AZ | (928) 871-6000 |

County It all started How High? Head Count
Coconino 1902 4,763ft 951

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