Havasupai Waterfalls – Turquoise Waters of the Grand Canyon


Brief history of the Havasupai Tribe

While some anthropologists speculate that the Havasupai people have occupied different areas of the Grand Canyon for well over 800 years, the colonization period eventually left the Havasupais cornered into 500 acres of land surrounding the Havasu Canyon. It wasn’t until the establishment of the Havasupai Indian Reservation in 1880 that the natives were finally allowed to expand into the western part of the Grand Canyon’s South Rim.

The Havasupais are called “the people of the blue-green waters” for a reason: the turquoise waters of the Havasu and Mooney waterfalls is their most prized possession, laying deep within the Grand Canyon, at the heart of the Havasupai Reservation. Any person wishing to look upon the phenomenally-colored waterfalls and creeks must travel into Havasupai land, through the village of Supai.

…and suddenly, the urge to scribble “Havasu Canyon Trip” on your calendar is urgent.Grand Canyon Secrets.com

The Havasu Canyon hike, with it’s promise of breathtaking rock formations, caves, and beautiful riparian landscapes is in itself enough of an attraction to hikers. Add the appeal of encountering the Navajo, Havasu, Mooney, and Beaver Falls (in order of appearance from Supai village) and suddenly, the urge to scribble “Havasu Canyon Trip” on your calendar is urgent.


Recognizing the appeal of their cobalt Havasupai waterfalls, the tribe have made their home visitor-friendly, their hospitality shown to over 25000 curious travelers year-round. Whether you’re a weathered hiker desiring independent exploration or a curious tourist seeking an accommodated escapade, Havasu Falls’ geological existence already proves that anything is possible. A campground sprawled along Havasu Creek and the Havasupai Lodge within the village of Supai cover every traveler’s staying preferences.

While it’s unimaginable why anyone would pass up the opportunity to physically experience every texture of the Havasu Canyon trail with their own two feet, this oasis-like escapade is located in Arizona and during certain seasons, the sun is relentless and cruelly equalizing. If regardless of the heat, you still chose to come check out the Falls of the Havasu Canyon, you’ll be glad to know that regardless of your physical or thermal endurance, hiking is not your only option: horseback and helicopter services are available.

If hiking’s not your thing and planning’s not your thing either, but instagraming the most photographed falls in the world is something you want to do as soon as possible, no worries: planning services and guided tours are also available.

For even more planning information, you can check out the Grand Canyon Helicopter Tours, Grand Canyon Rafting Tours, and other equally exciting Grand Canyon Hiking Tours.


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