Havasu Trail and the Havasupai Waterfalls
The Havasu Trail passes the stunningly beautiful Havasu and Mooney Falls along the way, and is a must-have on your bucket list. The memorable trail ventures into the landscape of the Havasupai Waterfalls, displaying awe-inspiring scenery to adventurous hikers.
Sights along the way
The picturesque, turquoise waterfalls are located in a side canyon, beyond the southern rim of Grand Canyon, in the Havasupai Indian Reservation. Havasupai means “People of the blue-green waters”, referring to the tempting, turquoise color of the waters.
The color is a result from being stored underground in limestone caverns or aquifers, and is filled with healthy minerals such as magnesium, which again reflects the sunlight, creating the unique color. It is hard to resist jumping into these water – and there is no reason why you shouldn’t. Exhausted hikers enjoy refreshing swims in the idyllic pools and turquoise water.
The Havasu Trail offers striking scenery, serene waterfalls and fascinating travertine rock formations. The rock formations are created by the overflowing water, depositing minerals, which shapes the rock.
New Navajo Falls and Fifty Foot Falls
This is the first waterfall encountered on the trail, and can be approaches by a small detour. It was created by a flash flood in 2008, and in the process, diverted the water away from the previous Navajo Falls and creating two new ones; New Navajo Falls and Upper Navajo Falls.
Descending toward the campground, directly above Navajo Falls, you´ll see the majestic Fifty Foot Falls. Hikers may either choose to enjoy it from afar, or detour to swim in its serene, turquoise pool of water. Usually more quiet than the famous Havasu Falls, it´s a soothing, sunny place, great for relaxation.
The trail lead to the top of Havasu Falls, the most famous one of the waterfalls in the area. The main chute drops over a 100-foot into a large pool, and the blue-green water is stunningly beautiful against the red rocks and green bushes that surrounds it.
The trail heads down from Havasu Falls and into the campgrounds. The large compound offer campsites with varied sized, with a small spring in the middle for fresh water (though its recommended to boil or filter it).
The trail ends at the spectacular Mooney Falls, below the campground. The magnificent waterfall is the tallest of all the waterfalls in the Havasupai area, and to reach the bottom hikers have to descend down a 2000-feet cliff by climbing chains and ladders.
For even more waterfalls and serene swimming, head down about 2.5 miles from the campsite for the last of the five waterfalls, Beaver Falls. Here you can walk from one tempting, blue-green pool to the next, and the majority are shallow enough to wade in.
Tip before travelling:
If you want to spend a few days in the area to explore the striking Hualapai Canyon and its beautiful waterfalls, there are guest lodges in Supai and a campsite, as mentioned above. It can be difficult to get reservations though, so it is important to plan ahead and apply in advance.