An Adventure Into The Canyon

By: Mitzu Ganley

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February 19, 2015

Journey into the Grand Canyon for an unforgettable experience at Havasupai Falls.

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Mitzu Ganley

Born and raised in Northern California with a passion for adventure, Mitzu Ganley came to Arizona to pursue her college education. She loves exploring and learning about the beauty that Arizona has to offer.

I moved to Arizona in 2007 to pursue my college education. Once here, I quickly found myself exploring and making lists of places to see and things to do. After seeing photos of Havasupai Falls, it quickly became a top priority on my bucket list. Being from California and only visiting the Grand Canyon as child (which I have no recollection of) this experience was to be my first real visit to the Grand Canyon.  

The Trek

I was finally able to make this adventure possible in late February with my boyfriend, Dan. Starting from a remote South Rim entrance, we descended into the Grand Canyon for five days—but not before loading on large 40-pound packs full of camping gear, food and jugs of water. For future hikers, there are fresh-water springs and pump at the campsite. Upon discovering it, I immediately regretted carrying in my five-day supply of water. 

The hike began with switchbacks that took us down to the Canyon floor, which is about a mile deep. From there we meandered through the colorful red and orange canyon walls until we arrived in Supai, the village on Havasupai tribal lands. The trail that we took also is one of the only places left in the United States that still delivers mail on horseback, which we were able to witness!  Once we reached the village, we registered for several nights of camping and then headed to the campgrounds. In total, we trekked 10 miles in.

The Canyon

In between the village and the campgrounds, we came across two of three waterfalls in the area, all uniquely different and some of the most beautiful sites I’ve ever seen. Navajo Falls is a collection of smaller waterfalls that cascade over limestone rocks, which are so mineral-rich, they create mesmerizing turquoise waters. 

The next waterfall we came across was the one and only Havasupai Falls. It’s similar in color to Navajo Falls but much grander in size with large pools of water underneath it. There is also a picnic area that looks out over Havasupai Falls. I could spend days here! 

The third waterfall is located just past the campgrounds and is called Mooney Falls. To reach the bottom of this waterfall, you must tackle a variety of obstacle course-like ladders and even venture through a cave. At the bottom, you can sit in awe of this 190-foot waterfall and enjoy the misty breeze. 

From here, we were able to explore further into the Canyon weaving in and out of the water until it was time to turn back. Not only were the colors and sights of this trip unbelievably beautiful, but the experience of wandering around the Grand Canyon floor is a journey in itself. I would highly recommend this excursion to anyone seeking a memorable adventure.   

This amazing place is accessible by foot, horse or helicopter—which I thought was surprisingly affordable. The Havasupai Lodge and campgrounds are available for overnight stays. The campgrounds provide restrooms and fresh water that is pumped from a natural spring. In the friendly Supai Village, you can also find a café and small corner market store.  

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