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Arizona Falls 

When you're visiting the Phoenix area, don't miss the free water station at Arizona Falls. There are several falls to choose from, and it's worth taking a short detour to see them. The sound of falling water is still with me. This water station is located on the Camelback Mountain. It is a great place to cool off in the hot desert. There are also plenty of places to sit and enjoy the scenery.

Until the turn of the century, Arizona Falls was a natural waterfall and a gathering place for locals. During this time, the Arizona Canal was built to bring water from the Salt River to Phoenix. The canal also created energy potential in the city. In 1905, the Arizona Canal was built as part of President Theodore Roosevelt's Salt River Project. In the following years, the Salt River Project restored the hydroelectric plant and turned it into a clean source of electricity for Phoenix.


The power plant was a major attraction in the city. A public art project, it generates enough electricity to power 150 average homes. The park was also transformed into a park, which is open to the public and free of charge. The power station has a recreation path along the canal. In addition to the waterfalls, the Phoenix office of arts and culture funded the restoration project. The project's completion was completed in April 2003.


There is an impressive water room where visitors can sit on boulders and watch the water flowing over them. The water is cool and soothing and obscures the view from two sides. In addition to the water room, the park also has antique gears from the original hydroelectric plant. It's a popular destination for tourists and locals alike. It's a must visit for any Phoenix visitor! You won't regret it.


Getting to Arizona Falls can be a challenge. If you're planning on taking a hike, be sure to bring appropriate hiking shoes for the terrain. You'll need sturdy footwear, as the ground at the base of the falls is muddy. Also, remember to wear shoes with good tread and water-resistant soles. There are places that appear to be solid but are actually soft mud. Getting to the top is possible, but you should be prepared for some rough terrain along the way.


A well-utilized public space, WaterWorks is an outdoor classroom, art environment, and hydro-power plant. WaterWorks was commissioned by SRP and the Phoenix Arts Commission to accompany a hydro-power plant. The plant uses water from five dams, 60 miles east of the falls. Visitors can explore the pre-industrial history of the desert city while experiencing the beauty of nature. And you can learn a lot about how electrical power and water have been harnessed for the city's modern lifestyle.


Visitors can walk along sidewalks and paths to see the waterfalls. You can also cross a pedestrian bridge to the north bank of the canal. Signs tell the story of the canal and how it brought water to the Valley. There are also several places to sit and relax on the beautiful deck of the Japanese Friendship Garden. A nice place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. You will never regret a visit to this oasis in the middle of Phoenix.

Up next, The Rose Garden at MCC

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