|Waterfall transect in the interior of the Chiricahua Mountains.|
Waterfalls are inspiring, evoking images of cool mountain streams and dense lush forests, but in the desert southwest there are also many waterfalls. Found in the sky islands of the basin and range province of the southwest these desert waterfalls rely on moisture from the winter rains and summer monsoons for their displays. Depending upon the time of year these waterfalls may range from a trickle to something truly spectacular to see. In the Chiricahua Mountains of southeastern Arizona the best known waterfall is Winn Falls. This 400 ft high waterfall is viewed from the Greenhouse trail and may explain it's familiarity to many. But there are a number of other waterfalls without names which are not as familiar. These seldom visited sites are high in the interior of the Chiricahua Mountains and access takes time and energy since these waterfalls are off trail and generally require a significant elevation gain to reach. An interesting observation about the waterfalls in the Chiricahua Mountains is their location. A string of waterfalls is is located on a north/south transect in the interior of the Chiricahuas, see below. Each waterfall or set of falls is reached by hiking up a series of canyons that bisect a band of harder material that comprise the base material of each waterfall. This line of waterfalls may be extended north and south where other little know waterfalls may exist, but will require some further exploration to to test this idea.