In 2008, a disastrous flood reshaped Havasu Canyon, delivering the brunt of destruction to a series of short waterfalls once known as Navajo Falls.
Even before the flood, Navajo Falls was one of the lesser sites of the Havasu Canyon waterfall series, mainly because it didn’t fit that category. Regardless, it was the one watery escape with the possibility of isolation.
While the flood of 2008 didn’t’ necessarily destroy the structure of Navajo Falls itself, it redirected the course of Havasu Creek, in turn drying up the original Navajo Falls. Today, the skeleton of Navajo Falls remains- kind of like a huge waterfall fossil.
As a consolation prize, the flood left two new waterfalls which have served as replacement for what used to be Navajo Falls. These are New Navajo Falls and Rock Falls. In some cases, you will hear these called Upper and Lower Navajo Falls or Rock Falls and New Fifty-Foot Falls.
The reason only one of these newly formed waterfalls bears some of its original name is that it shares some characteristics with Navajo Falls, featuring a 50 ft (15 m) waterfall, dropping into a shallow pool of water.
Rock Falls is known today for its wide platform, a 100 ft (30 m) ledge from which water pours a short distance of barely 30 ft (9 m).
Accessing New Navajo Falls
Heavy boulders and stones clutter the pathway leading to New Navajo falls, hiding them from your line of vision. That being said, the pathway is accessible.
New Navajo Falls is about a mile (1.6 km) from both Supai Village and the campground.
Accessing Rock Falls
Getting to Rock Falls involves quite a bit of scampering and climbing, given the rocky surroundings. The waterfall features a slab of rock that extends the full width of the waterfall and while it is advised to proceed with caution, visitors may jump from here into the water.
Taking into consideration the formation of New Navajo Falls and Rock Falls, visitors are cautioned of the fragility of the Havasu Canyon, especially the areas surrounding the waterfalls.