Visit Deer Creek Falls

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Overview

If you are looking for an amazing adventure, Deer Creek Falls is a wonderful waterfall that is located right at the mouth of Deer Creek. Here, it flows right into the Colorado River. Even though this is a remote spot, it can be accessed by either rafting or backpacking, so it does get a good amount of traffic.

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Deer Creek comes down from the springs and right through the side canyons that are located just on the northern side of the Grand Canyon and the Colorado River. This is a stunning creek flowing through breathtaking canyons as it starts to wind towards the Colorado. It ends with a spectacular plunge down into Deer Creek Falls, located 180 feet below.

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Deer creek campground

Get There By Backpacking

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You can access Deer Creek Falls by either rafting or backpacking. If you prefer backpacking, you have to be able to get a backcountry camping permit that is available through Grand Canyon National Park. You can find more information on the NPS website and it is always recommended that you apply for this itinerary:

  • Esplanade
  • Deer Creek Campsite x2
  • Esplanade

A general itinerary for reaching Deer Creek Falls includes:

Day 1 – 4 mile hike on Bill Hall Trail at the North Rim, then down to the Esplanade where you can for a night. 4 miles.
Day 2 – 6 mile hike down into your Deer Creek campground and then camp. 6 miles.
Day 3 – Full day hike to Deer Creek Falls as well as the Colorado River. 4 miles.
Day 4 – Hiking back to Esplanade to camp. 6 miles.
Day 5 – Hiking back to North Rim via the Esplanade. 4 miles.

Get There By Rafting

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A lot of the rafting trips, both private and commercial, will stop at Deer Creek Falls, which is situated at River Mile 136.9.

Options For Guided Trips

You can go on a 6 day backpacking loop with Wildland Trekking Company. This is called the Wonders Of The Grand Canyon and it features both Thunder River and Deer Creek Falls. This is a trip that comes highly recommended.