Photographer's Note

Head north on US60 for approximately 40 miles and you reach the upper edge of the Salt River Canyon. A 4 mile, 1,500 foot decent brings you down to the Salt River, a winding drive with views matching those in the Grand Canyon.

This is the Salt River, upstream from Roosevelt Lake. It's wild and untamed. Its flow fluctuating based on snow melt and rain fall. Arizona's summer monsoon this year (a rarity in recent years) has resulted in the current good river flow.

Apache Falls is located about half a mile upriver (east) from the US60 bridge. Hiking there is easy, but a permit is required. East of the bridge the river is the border between the San Carlos Apache Reservation to the south and the White Mountain Apache Reservation to the north. Along the river to the east of the bridge a Salt & Black Rivers Special Permit issued by either tribe is required for access. To the west of the bridge, the north bank of the river requires the White Mountain Apache permit.

If you are traveling to see the canyon and falls, you might want to consider purchasing an additional permit from the White Mountain Apaches (both permits are available on their website) to access Cibeque Creek and Falls. The entrance to that area is just north of the bridge on the west side.

This photo was taken handheld at 1/8 second - thank you vibration control technology! Though taken after official sunrise, the mountains to the east kept the falls shadowed for another hour.

I had a hard time deciding which of the three photos (I've placed two in the workshop) to use as my main photo. In the end I decided on this one as the slow shutter speed really emphasized the mass and speed of the water flowing over the falls.

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ISO 100, f/20 at 1/8 second, 19mm focal length.

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