Havasupai Falls, Arizona | Facts & Information For Hiking

Have you ever seen blue-green waterfalls? Hidden in the Grand Canyon, Havasupai Falls Arizona is an exotic destination and a par...

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Havasupai Falls, Arizona | Facts & Information For Hiking

Have you ever seen blue-green waterfalls? Hidden in the Grand Canyon, Havasupai Falls Arizona is an exotic destination and a paradise for those who love hiking. Havasupai Falls draws more than six million visitors each year and is one of the ‘Seven Natural Wonders of the World’. 

Even though it's not easy to hike at Grand Canyon, this place is definitely worth a visit. The waterfall is a part of the Havasupai American Indian Reservation. The word Havasupai means ‘people of the blue-green water’ - it is an apt description when you see miraculously clear and natural water color.

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By 1919 the establishment of the Canyon Park was restricted to 518 acres, 12 miles long and 5 miles wide in a side canyon. Despite the unavoidable crowd of the Canyon, the beautiful turquoise waterfall is relatively private. It is a well-kept secret of the tribe and a small handful of foreigners. (17.1)

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The tribe has set up a system of camping permit that lets a small portion of the applicants into the Supai (village) which is a home of the falls. Even if you get the permit you may not be able to afford the mule ride, horse ride or helicopter ride. If this happens, then you will have to hike nearly ten miles there and ten miles back – passing red rocks and ancient pictograms along the way.

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How the waterfall looks turquoise in color?

The main reason behind this beautiful turquoise color is the high proportion of the calcium carbonate of the spring fed waters of Havasu Creek which is the source of four waterfalls. This high proportion also creates a 70 degree travertine pool at the top of the falls making them perfect swimming holes.

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Havasupai Falls is one of the five crazy big waterfalls of Havasu Canyon. The view from the 100 foot waterfall is priceless. Visitors have the opportunity to enjoy high cliff jumps and to swim to a rocky shelter behind the waterfalls, both of which are quite dangerous and a risk to death. And if one aquamarine waterfall is not enough you can have more in the area. Very near to the Havasupai Falls there are more falls like Navajo, Beaver, fifty foot and Mooney each fascinating and eye-catching in their own way.

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The fifty-foot waterfall is worth stopping on the way to the campground. Navajo waterfall is exactly below the fifty foot. The water is deceiving shallow at some places and it’s really tough to tell because of the milky color. The most amazing thing about Navajo waterfall is that there is a ledge that runs below the waterfall and allows you to walk behind it. 

If you plan your visit to Havasupai Waterfalls make sure that you don’t forget to take a camera with you. Also get super comfortable hiking boots and water shoes along with you.

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