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Waterfalls of the Havasupai Indian Reservation

March 26, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 105

The Havasupai Indian reservation is home to some of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world. It is nestled deep within the Grand Canyon and the closest road is 10 miles from the waterfalls. Visitors can take a helicopter to the Havasupai Village or hike in. The helicopter drops visitors off about 2 miles from the waterfalls so there is still a short hike required to see them.

The most popular waterfall is Havasu Falls. Havasu Falls is located near the visitor's campground and has large pools, beautiful blue-green waters, and a sandy beach area to relax on. The fall is about 90 feet tall. Hikers can walk to the top of Havasu Falls and also down to the bottom where the pools and beach area is located. Since Havasu Falls is the closest waterfall to the campground it is the most popular waterfall for travelers to visit.

Mooney Falls is to the south of the campground. To get to the bottom of Mooney Falls travelers must climb down the canyon walls using stakes, chains, and ladders that have been setup by the Havasupai Indians. It is a dangerous trek and only those in decent physical condition should attempt the descent.

After a flood swept through Havasupai in 2008 two new waterfalls formed and one became extinct. Navajo Falls was about 3/4 of a mile north of the campground and the water from the river no longer flows over it. The new waterfalls are Upper Navajo Falls and Rock Falls. Upper Navajo Falls is also known as New Navajo Falls. It has a large cliff with many different areas the water falls from. It is a beautiful sight and not many visitors explore it.

Rock Falls is about 30 feet high making it the smallest waterfall. It is very wide and forms a spectacular curtain of water. The pool below the Rock Falls is fairly deep which makes it an excellent place to swim. It is located a couple hundred feet south the Upper Navajo Falls.

The best time of the year to visit the Havasupai Falls is during the summer months. The water temperature is almost always 70 degrees Fahrenheit and refreshing in the heat of the Grand Canyon. The temperature on the hiking trail to the falls can get up to 110 degrees but the area around all waterfalls is kept cool by the mist and trees.

Steven McLarson is an avid explorer of popular waterfalls and often writes about waterfalls he has visited. Pictures of Havasu Falls and other falls can be found at Havasupai Falls.

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