Havasu Canyon

Words can hardly describe the beauty found in Havasu Canyon: striking turquoise waters, ruddy canyon walls and rich vegetation. One of the most notable sites within the canyon is the water. A limestone lining in the pools reflects the sunlight and sky to create a cool, bright blue color that’s almost unreal.

History & Nature

The turquoise waterfalls of Havasu Canyon are among Mother Nature's greatest works. There are several waterfalls in the heart of the Havasupai Tribe's homeland. Although located within the Grand Canyon, this picturesque desert oasis is not in Grand Canyon National Park, but rather on the Havasupai Reservation.

An offshoot of the Grand Canyon, Havasu Canyon is home to the Havasupai Tribe, and has been for the past 800 years. With water being the especially precious commodity that it is in the desert, the Havasupai consider the source of this river to be a sacred place that is intimately connected with the legend of their origin. Except for flash floods, Cataract Creek is usually a mere trickle until reaches Havasu Springs. There it meets an underground river gushing forth to form the always photogenic Havasu Falls. The waters plunge over Havasu Falls (100 Feet) and Mooney Falls (200 feet) on the way to the Colorado River about 10 miles away from Supai Village.

If hiking to the falls is on your bucket list, here are a few things to consider:

  • You must plan your trip well in advance - (Havasu Falls is not in Grand Canyon National Park, it is on Havasupai Tribal Lands near the park. This means that you cannot expect to add a visit fo the waterfalls at the last minute.)
  • Visiting Havasu Falls requires a strenuous hike (There are no roads to the waterfalls only a difficult 10-mile hike in each direction).
  • You must get a permit to visit Havasu Falls ( Issued through either the website or telephone number - havasupaireservations.com or (928) 448-2121, 2180, 2141 or 2237. The other option is to go through an outfitter who will take care of the permit as part of a vacation package.
  • You must stay overnight at Havasu Falls (there is a campground or a lodge)
  • Do your research and know what to expect 

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Things to Do

For the full experience, consider staying at the Havasupai Campground, which is just downstream of Havasu Falls. Or you’ll find indoor lodging at the Havasupai Lodge in Supai.

Hotels, Lodging & Camping

Through the Havasupai Tribe, you can make arrangements to rent a horse to ride, or a mule to carry your gear while you hike, and reserve lodging in either the lodge, or at a campsite. It’s best to stay at least one night, but with a place this striking, you might want to stay longer and explore the area.

Hours & Pricing

For hours and pricing, please visit the website. 

 

For More Information

Havasu Canyon
PO Box 160
Supai, AZ 86435
(928) 448-2121

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