Pond-less Waterfalls

Pondless and disappearing waterfalls are hands down the most popular water feature we install.

They provide a natural and soothing sounds, that simply a re-circulating waterfall/stream without the presence of a pond.  A waterfall without a pond, can add the sights and sounds of a natural waterfall without the safety concerns.

Pondless Waterfalls also take up less space and can be tucked into any corner of a landscape and are an ideal option for adding curb appeal.

Top Reasons to Consider a Disappearing Waterfall

Disappearing waterfalls provide a natural and soothing waterscape with much less maintenance than a pond. 

Here are the top reasons to consider a Pond-less:

  1. Safer than a Pond
  2. Fits into Small Spaces
  3. Less Expensive than a Pond
  4. Low-Maintenance
  5. Serenity and Relaxation

How does a Pondless Waterfall Work?

Imagine a waterfall without a pond..this is the basic principle of a pond-less or disappearing waterfall.  The pond is still actually there, it is just hidden beneath a layer of rocks.

The pond skimmer is replaced with a pond vault and water storage modules.  The water storage modules are then covered with cobble and pebble stone.  

We offer three types of disappearing waterfalls.  

  1. Front Door Falls (5-7' Stream)
  2. Backyard Falls (10-12' Stream)
  3. Fantasy Falls (20-25' w/ multiple streams and waterfalls)

Our pondless and disappearing waterfalls are all uniquely designed for your outdoor living space.  We have installed over a 1,000 water features in our 20 years of operation and no two features are alike.  Each feature becomes uniquely installed as the shape and size of the boulders ultimately determine the look of the waterfall.

How to Build a Disappearing Waterfall

If you would rather install your own a pondless water feature, we offer the very best materials for the job.  Construction is fairly straight forward and can be completed easily with the proper plan.  

Initially you need to decide on how big you want your feature.  The overall footprint of the water feature will determine what you need. 

Steps for Installing a Pondless

STEP 1: Location

Preferably, find a sloping area for your water feature.  Small streams and waterfalls can often be built in flat spaces, but ideally having a natural grade will allow for a nicely flowing waterfall and stream.

Pick a space that will be visible and enjoyed the most.  Some aim for curb appeal, others look for quaint backyard spaces.

*Always get a locate whenever you dig!

How to Build a Pondless Waterfall Image 1

Make sure to get a Locate!

STEP 2: Excavation

Remove the sod and layout the stream.  Remember to always remove more dirt than expected.  Meaning the boulders and rocks will take up a lot of space.

Rough excavation can typically be done with equipment, but the feature should be shaped up by hand with a shovel and a tamper.

Steps for Installing a Pondless Waterfall

STEP 3: Frame Boulders & Final Shaping

Framing and backdrop boulders should be placed before most of the excavation, especially if there is not access from the back of the water feature.


Backdrop boulders should be staggered placed for balancing out the stones in the water feature.

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STEP 4: Liner & Underlayment

Once the pump vault and the waterfall spillway have been checked and final grade tested, you can now place in the underlayment and liner.

A 45 mil EPDM pond liner is the best choice for smaller features.  It is flexible and extremely durable.  

When setting large boulder on top of the liner, make sure to use scraps for additional padding when necessary.

Place the pump vault and water storage modules.  Place cobble stone to fill in the basin reservoir.

Installing a Pondless Waterfall


STEP 5: Build Falls and Trim Edges

Using large boulders to frame the waterfall drops is essential for installing a natural looking fall. Flexible PVC pipe should be installed once the large boulders are placed.

Blending edges is also very important to prevent rock lined edges.

This is also the time to connect the pump to the plumbing.

Add-on items such as LED lighting is installed during this step prior to placing all the gravel and pebble stone.

Installing a Pondless Waterfall

STEP 6: Hide Liner & Blend Edges

No liner should be visible.  Tuck trimmed edges up against rocks and boulders.  Use low growing and creeping plants to soften the edges.

Use large boulders and small ones to stager grouped boulders to create a natural look.

Installing a Pondless Waterfall

STEP 7: Plant in Surrounding Landscape

Plants and vegetation will ultimately create the natural look you are after.  

Placing taller plants in the back and low growing plants in the front will allow for the water feature to standout!

Options & Pricing

5-7' Pondless Waterfall

5-7' Pondless starting at...

Front Door Falls Pondless Waterfall



20-22' Pondless Waterfall

15-20' Pondless starting at...

Fantasy Falls Pondless Waterfall



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Do-It-Yourself Pondless Waterfall Kits

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Small DIY Pondless Waterfall Kit


All necessary components are provided in a convenient, all-in-one kit that takes the guesswork out of purchasing individual components. 
Medium Pondless Waterfall Kit with 16' Stream and AquaSurgePRO 2000-4000 Pumpclose
Front Door Falls Pondless Waterfall

Medium Pondless Waterfall Kit


The Medium Pondless Waterfall kit provides all of the necessary components 
Large Pondless Waterfall Kit with 26' Stream
Fantasy Falls Pondless Waterfall

Large Pondless Waterfall Kit 


The Large Pondless Waterfall Kit comes complete with all of the components necessary to build a 26' disappearing waterfall. 
Pondless Waterfall Diagram
12' Pondless Waterfall with Natural Backdrop
Front Door Falls Pondless Waterfall
Backyard Falls Pondless Waterfall
Fantasy Falls Pondless Waterfall

Gregg Sawyer is an artist! His work is high quality and delivers far more than he promises. We are so fortunate to have him in Cheyenne!

Brenda Creel

We love our new water feature, it is absolutely beautiful. It takes a special skill to create such a natural looking waterfall in someone's backyard. Greg and his crew did an amazing job!

Sandy Hammond

Gregg Sawyer and his crew are the hardest worker's. We have had 2 water features done over the past 11 yrs and just had one refurbished last week and I couldn't explain how happy we are. Greg has always done amazing work and goes up and beyond to make sure sure everyone's happy. Greg and the Sawyer crew. Thank you again for everything. I'm sure will see you again soon. Keep up the good work.

Bob & Heather Parry

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