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Arizona Falls in Phoenix

Kim Gudykunst Ollerhead

Arizona Falls in Phoenix. This 20-foot drop along the Arizona Canal between 56th and 58th streets and Indian School is both a neighborhood attraction and a hydroelectric plant. For decades, Arizona Falls has been a place for community recreation and learning and you might have driven right past it without knowing it was there.

This waterfall represents an intersection between technology, artistry, and natural wonder. We entered from the south side, towards Herberger Park, and ventured across a pedestrian footbridge toward the viewing platform. The water mist makes this possible to do year-round.

Photos from previous remodels and information along the canal are great for educating kids as you explore!  Even living along a canal for most years of my life, there were facts I did not know!

Thanks to its steady flow, Arizona Falls became the site of the first hydroelectric power plant in Phoenix in 1902. The hydroelectric plant was restored and reopened to the public in 2003. Today, it provides enough electricity to power 150 homes.

As far back as the late 1800s, local Phoenicians enjoyed Arizona Falls. Much like today, they would gather near the cool water for picnics and viewing.

Arizona Falls

56th Street and Indian School Road

Phoenix, AZ 85018

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  • Kim Gudykunst Ollerhead

    Kim is a chef, dishwasher, dry cleaner, housekeeper, landscaper, snack fetcher, photographer and personal assistant to toddler twins. Curently homeschooling her three year olds and loving teaching preschool. She loves exploring everything with her kids and photographing every minute of it. Follow her on Instagram @phoenixwithtwins.

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