Havasu Falls Hike – Your Complete Guide for Havasupai Trip Planning

What makes it amazing?

A hydrating and exquisitely beautiful Atlantis located in the Southern Rim of the Grand Canyon, Havasu Falls is an incredible sight to behold and doubtful to accept. Standing before a lush landscape embanked by majestic clay-red rock, beautiful turquoise water steaming at your feet and pooling in fresh creek beds, and roaring waterfalls resounding in the background is hardly a sight you’d expect to see without flying to the tropics.

Standing almost 100 feet tall (30 meters), Havasu Falls is the most photographed waterfall in the United States and accordingly, the most popular in the Havasupai waterfall series.

Havasu Falls features a dual plume of water, falling gracefully into an aesthetic pool of warm, aquamarine water. Created through the calcium carbonate deposits in Havasu creek, that pool of blue-green water is as famous as the magnificent waterfall itself.

Where Is Havasu Falls

Havasupai is the name for the Native American tribe located in the Havasu Canyon in the Grand Canyon South Rim. Havasupai is a word that means “people of the blue-green waters” – Havasupai Waterfalls – Turquoise waters of the Grand Canyon is a small information-packed article that will brief you with a quick history lesson about these people and their memorable waterfalls.

How To Get To Havasupai Falls

The best way to get to Havasu Falls is hiking there- it creates an enormous appreciation for the cool water and scenic beauty.

Since all the falls on Havasu Canyon are located within the Havasupai reservation, you’ll have to get to Supai village to access a trailhead to the waterfalls.

The quaint town of Supai lies 10 miles (16 km) from Hualapai Hilltop, but once there, Havasu Falls lies a mere 2 miles (3.2 km) away.

While the Havasu Falls Hike is considered of moderate difficulty, there are other options for those who would rather save their energy. Horseback services are available for tours of Havasu Canyon and Helicopter rides offer the same services.

Another access option is by raft, from the direction of the Colorado River. This route, while more expensive (and requiring a lot of planning), allows you to enjoy some of the most gorgeous views on the Havasu Canyon as well as offering up secluded spots with private pools.

Here you can find directions to the Havasupai Reservation from major cities in Arizona and Nevada.

Havasu Falls Grand Canyon Guided Tours

Choose a guided of tour Havasupai and the Grand Canyon by land or air! Rafting and helicopter tours offer a unique twist in the touring experience. Accommodations can be made for every level of thrill seeker, from the most timid or out-of-shape to the most adventurous and avid hikers/campers.

Best Time to Visit Havasupai

Since most people visiting Havasu Falls want to swim in the water holes, the best time to visit is when the water is a pleasant temperature. From May to June and September to October, you’ll find the water to be just perfect. However, during early spring or late fall, the sites are beautiful, but the water is icy.

Visiting during the midst of summer makes for delicious swimming opportunities, but look into accessing the falls by horseback or helicopter because hiking during this season could be extremely challenging- even fatal.

Click here to read more: which times are best to visit the Havasu waterfalls.

Havasu Falls Hike

Which waterfall has the furthest drop? In what order will a hiker come across these majestic giants when traveling from the Supai Village? Check out these Havasupai hiking trails and useful tips from hikers when at Havasu falls who have been there and done it!

 Havasupai Lodging

Visiting the Havasupai is an adventure in a remote area and lodging should be booked in advance to secure a reservation. Lodging is scare in, and around, the area but here you can find two unique Havasupai lodge and accommodations, one on-site and one off-site.

 Mule Rentals at the Havasupai

Do you want to make your visit extra memorable? Hike your trip up one more adventure notch and make your way through the desert on horse or mule back at the Havasupai!

 Havasu Falls Gear Rentals

Camping and hiking requires gear, which can be rented if not previously owned. Look here to find out how to rent gear in Havasupai  and which gear may be needed for your trip.

 Havasupai Trip FAQ

What better way is there to learn about the Havasupai that from people who have already gone? Here you can find useful Havasu Trip Questions and Answers tips from hikers who have been there and done it!

 The 15 Do’s and Don’t at the Havasu Canyon

Add a trek across the Havasupai land to your bucket list today! However, take the time to prepare for your trip and see what To Do and Not To do at the Havasupai Falls and ensure that you are ready for an unforgettable experience!

Traveling from all over the world, visitors flock to Havasu Falls year-round, averaging over 25000 annually. Grand Canyon Secrets.com
Located within the Havasupai Reservation on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, the people of the blue-green water, possess one of the most photographed waterfalls in the world. Named after the beautiful turquoise water feeding their landscape, the Havasupai are witness a surreal landscape of intense sunset tones. Five waterfalls located on one hiking trail is a phenomenon, yet the quantity of continuous distinctive waterfalls doesn’t even begin usurp the beauty of the water itself: seeping through ancient limestone-infused rock, the water of Havasu Falls is an incredulously photogenic green-blue color.

The Water of Havasu Falls

The distinctive trait of Havasu Falls is its water, specifically the turquoise hue that stuns visitors into silent awe. The water gets its color from the travertine properties of the surrounding environment.

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Water in the Grand Canyon must pass through layers and layers of limestone-infused rock before it surfaces, so when it does, it is saturated with limestone and the heavy concentration causes the water to appear a milky, sky-blue color with emerald-green tones.

The water, which is already pleasantly warm (remaining a constant 70 Fahrenheit year round (21 Celsius)), appears to steam and bubble. The effect comes from disintegrating limestone; the pressurized calcium and carbonate deflates once it hits the air and the carbon dioxide bubbles to the surface like a huge goblet of champagne.

Rivulets, creeks, swimming holes and countless natural pools, not to mention the waterfalls themselves, all consist of the turquoise water of the Havasupai. Creating a mystical, yet invitingly calm environment, the Havasu Falls water is definitely something you want to soak in.

The Changing Environment

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Every year, flood activity or weathering causes subtle changes to the environment of Havasu Canyon. Some changes simply redirect the position of the waterfall or create new rivulets and streams, some create new waterfalls. In 2008, the Navajo Falls were obliterated by flood waters, redirecting the waterfall into the Upper Navajo, now called “New Navajo” and the Lower Navajo, now called “Rock Falls”.

The Havasu Canyon has undergone countless changes over the centuries, each time emerging with a new face, but none the less beautiful. So make sure to take a havasu falls hike soon to capture the beauty in your mind’s eye.

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