Havasu Falls

Havasu Falls is one of three major waterfalls in Havasu Canyon located on the Havasupai Indian Reservation, west of Grand Canyon National Park.  These waterfalls are world famous for their beautiful turquoise color, and Havasupai actually means people of the blue green water.  The Havasupai Tribe is the only group of Native People who still live inside the Grand Canyon, and there home is one of the most amazing destinations in the world.

To get to Havasu Falls one heads west on historic Rt. 66 from Seligman Arizona, and takes Indian 18, a one-way 60 mile road that leads to Hualapai Hilltop.  To get to Havasu Falls it is a 10 mile hike or mule ride to the trailhead, and 8 miles to Supai Village where the tribe resides.  This beautiful hike can be done with or without the services of a guiding company, but a permit from the tribe is required.  There are also limited helicopter flights from Hualapai Hilltop to Supai Village (2 miles from Havasu Falls).  Just remember if the helicopter can't fly be ready to hike out on your own as accommodations are limited and may not be available.  You need more than a day to visit this area so make plans in advance to assure you get to see this awe inspiring place.  

Hualapai Hilltop and the West Rim of the Grand Canyon in general are not as scenic as the South and North Rim, so your initial impressions when you reach this dusty trailhead may not be as jaw dropping as other Grand Canyon destinations.  This is one of those trips where it is more about the destination than the journey.  Shortly before Supai Village you'll get your first glimpse of the blue green water of Havasu Creek before you get to town.  That's right Supai Village is home to the Havasupai Tribe and you'll see homes, horses, a post office and a store.  This is also the location of the permit office where hikers need to check in, and the location of the Havasupai Lodge.  From the village, scenery starts to change quickly, and it is only 2 miles to the campground and Havasu Falls.  As you continue down the trail it won't be long until you reach your first waterfalls.  After the flood of 2008, Havasu Canyon went through some major changes.  Two new waterfalls were formed from the flood, Rock Falls and New Navajo Falls (the original Navajo Falls is no longer around).  These are the first major waterfalls you'll see before you reach Havasu Falls.  Below Havasu is the campground which stretches for about a mile until you reach the Next major waterfall.  Mooney Falls  is the tallest waterfall and the end of civilization in Havasu Canyon.  From the top of Mooney Falls is a steep climb to the base of the waterfall where you can continue to the least visited waterfall, Beaver Falls.  Below Beaver Falls Havasu Creek continues on its long journey to the Colorado River.