Saturday triking along the Arizona Canal led to the perfect rest spot at Arizona Falls. There is a natural 20 foot drop along the canal between what is now 56th street and 58th street. This site which was once a place to gather, picnic and enjoy the flowing water in the 1800's became the first hydroelectric plant in 1902. It operated until some time in the 1950's when it was shut down. Through the collaboration of Salt River Project and the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, the site has be restored and enhanced to create an aesthetic respite along the canal that combines "art, history, and technology to generate clean electricity." My chucks got a little muddy but totally worth it!