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Lower Navajo Falls

Havasu Creek, Supai, Arizona 86435 USA

Free
Free to Visit
  • Not Wheelchair
    Accessible
  • No Public
    Restrooms
  • No Wifi
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Until the August 2008 flooding, Navajo Falls was the first prominent waterfall in the canyon. They were named after an old Supai chief. It was located 1.25 miles (2 km) from Supai and is accessed from a trail located on the left side (right side when heading upstream) of the main trail. This side trail leads down to the creek, where there is a crude bridge that crosses over the creek. The trail then leads back into the trees, where the main pool and falls were located. The pool was popular for its seclusion and its ease to swimmers. The falls were approximately 70 feet (21 m) tall and consisted of separate sets of water chutes, the main one located on the right side where the water cascaded down the canyon hill. To the left of the main chute there were other smaller ones that were steeper and more vertical. There were a few places that are viable for cliff jumping, although caution was necessary. In August 2008, Navajo Falls was completely bypassed by a flood. According to The New York Times: Within 12 hours, several surges of high water roared down the creek, destroying the campground, stranding a Boy Scout troop from New Jersey and setting off a massive mudslide that obliterated Navajo Falls, one of four spectacular canyon waterfalls that attract tourists from around the world. Despite this early report, the site of the falls still exists; the mudslide simply rerouted Havasu Creek, creating two new falls. The first new waterfall is Upper Navajo Falls. The second waterfall is Lower Navajo Falls, also called New Navajo Falls. It came into being in the 2008 flood that bypassed Navajo Falls and is now the first waterfall in the canyon. The falls are about 50 feet (15 m) tall and fall into a rocky pool.This waterfall, also called Rock Falls, is the second one created by the 2008 flood, about .15 miles (0.24 km) below Upper Navajo Falls. The creek falls about 30 feet (9.1 m) into a swimming hole.

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