“Vibrant blue water & striking red rocks”
Havasu Falls is known throughout the world and has appeared in numerous magazines and television shows, and is often included in calendars that feature incredible waterfalls or beautiful scenery. Visitors from all over the world make the trip to Havasupai primarily for Havasu Falls. The vibrant blue water contrasts against the striking red rocks of the canyon walls as Havasu Falls plunges nearly 100 feet into a wide pool of blue-green waters. This, the most striking waterfall in the Grand Canyon, sports a wide sandy beach and plenty of shady cottonwood trees to relax by. Calcium carbonate and magnesium occur naturally in the waters of Havasu Creek. The pools and natural dams form when the calcium carbonate precipitates out of the water and deposits onto rocks, branches, or man made structures (after a devastating flood) building up over time. Havasu Falls and Havasu Creek get their blue color from the magnesium in the water. As the pools deepen and the calcium carbonate is slowly released from the water, the bluer the water appears as the relative magnesium content increases. Havasu Falls is just a quarter mile from Lower Navajo Falls and about a quarter of a mile before you reach the campground. Easily accessible from several paths leading down to the refreshing waters, of course you must take a swim. Below the major pool, you can explore smaller pools as the stream cascades and winds its way towards the campground. When planning a trip to Havasu Falls, please add the Havasu Trailhead to your trip instead of Havasu Falls. The trailhead must be used to access the falls at the bottom of the canyon, and Havasu Falls cannot be routed properly due to its location far from a road. Supai village, located within Havasu Canyon, a large tributary on the south side of the Colorado River, is not accessible by road. The Havasupai Tribe administers the land, which lies outside the boundary and jurisdiction of Grand Canyon National Park. NO DAY HIKING IS ALLOWED RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED FOR ALL HIKERS AND CAMPERS. Make sure you are fit, athletic, well hydrated and prepared for a difficult desert hike. Sunscreen and sunhats are recommended. During summer months, temperatures can reach up to 115 degrees. Trails into Supai will be closed when the temperature exceeds 115 degrees.
Such an incredibly beautiful (if strenuous) hike. Be aware that it costs $35/visitor to enter the Havasupai Reservation, and a campground reservation (which you should make beforehand so they don't charge you double the amount) costs $17/visitor plus an extra $5/visitor environmental care fee. I'd say it's totally worth it though if you have the cash and the time for this amazing hike.
This is truly a world-class destination well-worth the effort to get there. The other-worldly landscape conjures visions of something more likely found in Hawaii or the Carribean, yet here it is tucked deep in the Grand Canyon. I have worked here for over a decade, leading guided hiking and camping trips to thousands of folks.
It can definitely be a busy place but with some smart palnning (and a little insider info) you can enjoy this magical place during the best time of year with far smaller crowds. Avoid the weekends!
The hike can be a bit grueling, especially if you're carrying a big backpack with all your gear while the temperatures soar into the upper 90s and low 100s. Consider spending a little extra and have your gear packed in and out of the canyon on the packhorses. The hike willbe far easier, more enjoybale, and you will be supporting the local Havasupai Tribe's economy.
If you visit, please plan to pack ALL of your trash and belongings out. Many folks seem tothink this isn't necessary and leave a big mess behind. This is is poor form and very disrespectful to the tribe and their land. Remeber...you are a guest in their home!
This was one of the best trips I've ever been on. Definitely worth the hike in.
After a 14 hour hike from the car park, down a mile of vertical switchbacks into the canyon, through an Indian village and over two miles of loose sand - this trip is not for the faint of heart! That said, it is 100% worth it once you reach the falls, which are without of a doubt one of the most spectacular sights in this world. There is a fresh water spring that is tapped out of the ground for water once you reach the campsite - definitely stay hydrated as there are some long hikes to reach each of the falls.
I don't even know where to begin with this. I came here early season (march) and it was not crowded at all! It was perfect weather and I only crossed a handful of people on my hike in, which was not nearly as bad as it had been hyped up to being. Mid to high 70s temps and a light breeze are probably why. The trail is well established and obvious, and there are signs in the necessary places. There are also a couple of springs along the way, but I would suggest bringing at least 3L of water for this time of year. Be on alert for packs of mules on the trail, they come up quick and without warning at times. I would say it's best not to hike with headphones in because of this.
The people of Supai are very friendly and welcoming. The first 8 miles to the village weren't bad, but it's 2 miles further once you check in and those were the worst for me personally because I was solo-traveling and had about 50lbs on my back! Being that it was early in the season, there were so many camp sites to choose from, and I got a spot right on the river. It was a beautiful and breath taking three days. I cannot wait to go back.
I hiked down mooney falls, and because of the water spray at the bottom, the chains and ladders were a bit slick. I would suggest wearing your boots or sneakers (no sandals - I wore sandals and ended up hiking it barefoot, which worked out fine for me), and gloves would be beneficial as well.
Happy trails to whoever takes on this incredible journey!
They had a flood recently, the area does not look like that any more. The water has cleared up, but a lot of plant life was lost.
Beautiful place, but so very disappointed! I love being outdoors and have a great respect of the wilderness. The falls were beautiful, and I had a good time with my friends while hiking and discovering the area all the way down to the Colorado River.
However, I was so sorry to see that the Natural Resources are not being managed very well. Part of this is the managers allowing so many people in everyday and the other part is the ‘stupid’ people not treating the outdoors like they would treat their own home. day...that and many people do not understand that you cannot just pee anywhere that you want nor leave your gear, food, & trash out where the animals can get to it. There was also a sewage leak from the Supai village that contaminated the water and waterfalls during the time we were there.
Here is the biggest disappointment: After hiking down into the canyon, staying for a couple days and then packing out again, we find out that our vehicle along with 12 other vehicles had been broken into through the sunroofs, damaged the interior, and all the contents inside the cars were stolen.
...And this isn't a random act. We found out that the next week about 10 more vehicles were broken into. In fact, we believe that this happens more often than people report on social media. Law enforcement is basically absent and you will need to drive 70 miles to Peach Springs, AZ to even fill out a report with the Bureau of Indian Affairs. That said, as beautiful as the waterfalls were...we will never be back. If you do go...beware robbery and even murder of a tourist has happened.
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Hands down, Havasu Canyon is my favorite destination in Arizona. It is both a haven of serenity and source of boundless adventures for over 20,000 visitors each year. I have ventured into Havasu Canyon with groups as small as four and as large as one hundred and thirty (yes, 130) and have found each format equally enjoyable in its own right. Havasu Falls is great, but it is only one of the five major waterfalls in Havasu Canyon. Be sure to check out Upper Navajo Falls, Lower Navajo Falls, Mooney Falls, and Beaver Falls!
The best money you will pay on this trip is to have the mules carry all your gear...save your back, add to your enjoyment, and fuel the local economy all at once! :-)
Every time I have visited has been amazing and the landscape is always changing. It's so beautiful to see the way nature takes over when the water is diverted.
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