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Elves Chasm

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This braided path next to the Colorado River ends at beautiful and enchanting Elves Chasm waterfall.


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1.2

Miles

1.9

KM

Point to Point

2,237' 682 m

High

2,160' 658 m

Low

109' 33 m

Up

101' 31 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

8%

Max Grade (4°)

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Features River/Creek · Waterfall

Description

Getting to Elves Chasm via this riverside trail is quite a bit more time consuming than the mileage would suggest. From the beach at Toltec drainage, head west (downstream) following several hundred feet up the riverbank. There is a fair bit of boulder hopping and tough scrambling to do- some people are glad for leather gloves here. Upon entering the Royal Arch Creek drainage that houses Elves Chasm, you have a bit more slippery slithering and climbing to do, but it is all worthwhile.

Elves Chasm is a lovely, shaded grotto with a waterfall. Its emerald colored pool is perfect for swimming on a hot day. There is a cave-like climb up into the waterfall and a spot that people jump from, but this can be treacherous unless you have an experienced guide to point the way. (note: there are reports of high fecal content in the water and definitely a lot of unwashed bodies swim here, so filter and treat if you must drink this water.)

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  4.0 from 2 votes

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in South Rim

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in South Rim

#302

in Arizona

#8,736

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The amazing colors of Elves Chasm (photo by smoddelm)
Jul 9, 2015 near Grand C…, AZ
Picture from 1975 from the Royal Arch Route (Photo by NPS, Borden)
Jun 23, 2015 near Grand C…, AZ

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