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Deer Creek Falls and Narrows

Deer Creek falls
Colorado river from Deer Creek falls
Deer creek narrows
The patio at Deer creek
Deer creek narrows
map: deer creek falls
elevation plot: deer creek falls


How to Get There
This hike is accessed from a river rafting trip on the Colorado River. Deer Creek is located at river mile 137 on river right.
Grand Canyon
Grand Canyon and Marble Canyon area

Hike details

1.00 [Miles] Total
Hike Distance- Details
1.0 miles round trip (to the patio and back)
1.50 [Hours]
It took us about 1.5 hours total.
Elevation Change
300 Total gain/loss [Feet]


Best Season
  • April
  • September
  • October
Worst Season
  • June
  • July
  • August
Season Details
Spring, Summer, Fall.
Date Hike completed
October 01, 2007


Solitude Details
Not here. Deer Falls is one of the most popular attractions on the river.


Difficulty Rating
difficulty detail
35 yr old Recommendation: Deer Falls is almost a mandatory stop for river parties. The narrows forming the waterfall are well worth the short climb to enjoy.


Be Aware of
Some scrambling and exposure

Hike to Deer Creek falls and Deer Creek Narrows in Grand Canyon National park, Arizona.

Deer creek falls is an unmistakable landmark noted while floating on this section of the canyon. With the abundance of campsites nearby and the available beaches to pick, stopping here is a popular choise for river rafting parties. You could easily spend some time enjoying Deer Creek falls, but a hike to the narrows above the falls really adds to the enjoyment of the area.

From the falls, there is a rocky trail on the left that gains elevation quickly. Be sure to check out the views up and down river as you walk higher. Soon the trail switches back and forth for a bit before requiring some scrambling to get to the same elevation as the mouth of the Deer Creek Narrows. Here there is a well defined trail, but there is some exposure to the creek running below, so it is best to go slow and watch your feet. This is the most enjoyable section of the hike anyway, so going slowly allows you the best views of the narrows below.

A short distance through the narrows gets you to a location known as the patio. There is a huge cottonwood growing here and it is easy to see why this is a popular stopping point. The mouth of the canyon opens here to the Deer Creek Camping area but at this point the narrow creek is still enjoyable. Some may want to play and swim at this location. Others will want to snap those pictures down canyon. Whichever you choose, this is your turn around point. Return the way you came.

You could continue hiking about 3/4 of a mile on well worn trails to the source of Deer Spring, but we ran out of time on our trip. 


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