Complete Guide to Havasupai Falls and Havasu Falls Hiking
Havasu Falls Waters
One of the major traits that Havasu Falls is known for is the wonderful turquoise hue that always brings a smile to the face of all visitors. The water gets the lovely color from the surrounding environment and the travertine properties.
Water that is found in the Grand Canyon Waterfalls has to pass through the various layers of rocks that are infused with limestone before it even surfaces. When it does come out, the water is saturated with limestone. The heavy concentration leads to a milky, sky blue color that has wonderful emerald green tones. The water is already nice and warm at about 70 degrees on a consistent basis all year long, and it seems to bubble and steam when it moves. This comes from the limestone as it disintegrates and the carbonate and calcium is pressurized, which leads to deflation and the air bubbles of carbon dioxide surfaces much like a giant goblet of champagne. Creeks, rivulets, swimming holes and a variety of natural pools, along with waterfalls, are made of the turquoise waters of Havasupai. This lends to a whimsical, mystical and invitingly calm environment, making the Falls water something that you want to enjoy for yourself as you take a soak.
Travertine Rock Formations
Water makes its way over the ground while depositing minerals, which work to create the travertine rock formations that are all along the bottom region of the creek. The floods will come through, altering the stream bed, leading to the travertine being uncovered and producing unique formations all throughout Havasu Canyon.
New Navajo Falls
The first water fall that you find as you descend to the campground from Supai is New Navajo Falls. The trail is not something that passes directly and if you do not break off toward the left at the right time while you descend, the New Navajo Falls will be easy to miss if you do not see it until you are right below it. If you decide to hike down from the canyon via Supai (Supai Falls), you can leave the village and then hike on the sandy, wide trail that lasts for around half a mile. Once it starts to open up, you can look for the trails that go left. You will find the New Navajo falls roughly 300 yards just upstream from Fifty Foot Falls, which are very visible.
Fifty Foot Falls
The Fifty Foot Falls are a very visible water fall formation that you will find as you make your descent towards the campground. You have the ability to stay up high to view it from a distance, or your an even take a left that brings you down toward the creek, where you can take a swim in the stunning turquoise pools that are just under the falls. Note: Even though Fifty Foot Falls looks a lot like a place where you can go cliff jumping, and there are a lot of people that do it, it is not advisable. The travertine that is located at the bottom of the creek is very sharp and there have been a lot of injuries and even deaths that have taken place at Havasupai because of visitors not being responsible.
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This is the namesake of the region and very rightly so! This is a portion that you simply cannot miss, simply because the trail turns a corner and then it descends next to it. You can stop and take pictures as you make your way down and when you reach the bottom portion of Havasu Falls, you can look for a trail that stems from the main trail. This will take you all the way down along a relatively loose, steep trail that has idyllic pools that land right at the base of Havasu Falls.
This is the tallest of all five of the waterfalls, located right below the campground. Once you have pass through Havasu Falls, you will come to the campground. Here, you can hike through where you will come to Mooney Falls, where you are going to experience awe-inspiring views at the top. In order to reach the bottom at Monney Falls, you will have to descend the ladders, chains and bolts that lead down the 200 foot high travertine cliff. This is a descent that is potentially dangerous, meaning that even though it is easy to do, there is the likelihood that a fall will be fatal.
This is a remote portion of the area, just three miles below Mooney Falls or 3.5 miles below the campground. The hike here is both gorgeous and rugged, making for a memorable experience for any hiker. It is recommended to join a hiking tour if you want to be able to go through here to experience the swimming and all of the adventures in a safe manner.
Constantly Changing Environment
Each year, there is weathering and flood activity that cause subtle changes tot he environment in and around Havasu Canyon. Some of the changes will simply redirect the positioning of the waterfall or lead to new streams or rivulets. Back in 2008, Navajo Falls had been obliterated by flood waters, which redirected the waterfall into the New Navajo, formerly Upper Navajo. Here, Lower Navajo is now called Rock Falls. Even though this region has gone through countless changes over the years, each new face is stunning and memorable.