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The best waterfalls in our national parks

By: Starre Vartan on June 26, 2012, 6:09 p.m.
Havasu Falls

Photo: Navin Rajagopalan/flickr

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Wonderfully wild

Waterfalls are the perfect destination for a summertime hike — the areas around them tend to be cooler during hot days, and they are meditative as well. Standing near thousands of gallons of water running over a precipice and crashing below reminds us of the power, and the beauty, of the natural world. Kids always love a good waterfall (adults aren’t immune to its powers either), and waterfalls tend to be some of the most popular destinations in our national parks. Here are some of our favorites, including Havasu Falls, which is pictured here and later in this gallery.