Hike to Chaol Falls (Navajo Canyon)

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The hike through Navajo Canyon to Chaol Falls is a pleasant, scenic, secluded desert hike just outside of Lake Powell, Utah. The trail goes through a long side canyon with picturesque walls. Hikers 8-mile roundtrip effort is rewarded by a 40 foot waterfall. Although the elevation gain is minimal, pay close attention to trail markers so you don't lose your way.

Navajo Canyon is the longest side canyon on Lake Powell that is not a river arm. It is a narrow riverine canyon upstream from Antelope Point marina. The mouth is near Buoy 10 in AZ.

You will be able to hear the falls in the narrow canyon about a quarter mile before they come into view. When it looks like its time to swim, step back and look for a sandy trail on the left hand side leading up to the next terrace. Just before you arrive at the falls, look in the hard white rock layer for dinosaur tracks. Pictures of deer and desert bighorn sheep carved into the walls are indicative of the wildlife that were present when the Anasazi were living in the Navajo Canyon region.

Photos: Scott Teresi and Michael Wilson

Pack List

  • Compass / GPS / Map
  • Water
  • Sun protection
  • Snack / lunch
  • Enough fuel and supplies for your boat
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RT Distance 8 Miles
Elevation Gain 200 Feet
Activities Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Advanced
Season Summer, Autumn
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Beach
Lake
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildflowers
Wildlife

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