Visitors and locals alike are often surprised when they discover Arizona Falls, a remarkable roadside attraction located on the border of Phoenix and Scottsdale. Arizona Falls is stationed over the Central Arizona Canal system and is masked by the high embankment of the canal. A bend in Indian School road around 58th street further impedes the view of passerby, thus perpetuating its relative obscurity.
Arizona Falls is a small hydroelectric community park located in the Arcadia district. The artistic architectural structure diverts canal water into a series of waterfalls. The beautiful design of Arizona Falls celebrates water and power and its role in creating an oasis in the desert, while also playing homage to the Valley’s history with poetic sounds of falling water. This public space is where walkers, joggers and bicyclists can sit and enjoy the cooling effects of the waterfalls as the meandering canal snakes through the valley delivering the precious resource.
At the lower part of Arizona Falls, visitors can sit on large boulders in the “water room” where they are ensconced by water from three walls while they enjoy the cooling and soothing effects of flowing water. Sheets of water obscure the visitors view from two sides and antique gears used in the original hydroelectric plant are also highlights of the park.
The adjacent Herberger Park is just before Arizona Falls on the north side of Indian School and 58th Street where visitors can park. AZ Falls is a great place to take in the views of of the Valley’s iconic Camelback Mountain, while also reading a number of informational signs talking about the history of the site, which dates back to the late 1800s.
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