Havasu Falls

halmester's picture


Grand Canyon
United States
36° 15' 18.6696" N, 112° 41' 52.5372" W
General info: 

The Havasu Falls plunge nearly 100 feet (27m) into a natural pool of blue-green waters in the Havasupai tribal lands in Grand Canyon. These are one of the most striking waterfalls in the Grand Canyon.

The minerals in the water form natural pools below the falls and creates perfect setting for swimming in the turquoise water. Next to the pools, there are plenty of cottonwood trees to relax by.

Due to the high mineral content of the water, the configuration of the falls and pools is ever-changing. The falls sometimes breaks into two separate chutes of water and the pools can be damaged or destroyed by large floods that wash through the area.

Getting there: 

The trailhead to Havasupai Falls begins at Hualapai Hilltop. The Hilltop can be reached at the end of Indian Road 18 which is 65 miles north of Route 66.

Once you get to the hilltop (by car) you can start the 10 mile hike along the Havasupai Trail to the Havasu Falls. Better to take enough water and protection from sun for this leg.

If you don’t feel like hiking, there is helicopter service or horses available for a fee. You may also pay for the helicopter or mules to take your backpacking gear.

It is IMPORTANT to know that only a limited number of visitors are given permits to enter. Thus, reservations for camping and hotels are booked even 6 months in advance. You can find info about the reservations and camping permits at the Grand Canyon National Park website.

Driving times to Hualapai Hilltop,
from Flagstaff: 3-4 hour drive
from Phoenix: 5-6 hour drive
from Las Vegas: 3-4 hour drive
from Kingman: 2-3 hour drive


Entrance Fee Permit: $35.00 per person
Campground Fee: $17.00* per person / per night
Environmental Care Fee: $5.00* per person

There are also guided hiking and camping tours into Havasupai provided by private adventure tour companies, for example http://www.wildlandtrekking.com/adventurehikes/havasufalls.html
Also rafting tours are organiced in the area, for example http://www.westernriver.com/trips/grandcanyon/

You might be interested in

Valkiajärvi is popular among scuba divers due to the very good visibility and lively lake life. The visibility is typically over 10 meters and can be up to 30 meters on the best days.

Located in Hollola, Kiikunlähde is a rare sight in Finnish nature, a turquoise lake! It is 400m long and 100m wide and all of the water comes from the springs in the bottom.

Nature might not be the first thing that comes into your mind when thinking about Hong Kong. However very close to the city you can experience Hong Kong in a whole different way.

The Everglades National Park is one of the largest wilderness areas in the United States. It stretches over the area of more than 1.5 million acres and is one of the most popular destinations in Florida.

Mount Asgard is a twin peaked mountain with two flat-topped, cylindrical, rock towers, separated by a saddle.

The astonishingly vertical cliffs of the Alabaster Coast are most picturesque in the small town of Etretat. The cliffs are up to 70m high and create a perfect contrast with the plateau of the Pays de Caux above the cliffs.

Interesting places nearby

Abalone Cove (along with Sacred Cove) beach is part of the Abalone Cove Ecological Reserve and can offer you tide pools, bluff top viewing areas and trails.

Honoring luminaries in motion pictures, television, radio, live theatre, and recording since 1960, this famous sidewalk is one of the city’s most beloved free attractions.

The General Sherman is the largest tree in the world. It is not the tallest, oldest or widest but it is the largest tree by volume.

It is amazing to think that there are still trees that existed way before the pyramids were built. The Methuselah tree is a 4850year-old Great Basin bristlecone pine tree growing high in the White Mountains, California.

The aptly named Half Dome is possibly Yosemite's most familiar rock formation. The granite crest rises more than 4,737 ft (1,444 m) above the valley floor and the drop from the top is nearly vertical.

Yosemite Falls is the highest waterfall in North America. It is made up of three separate falls Upper Yosemite Fall (1,430 ft), the middle cascades (675 ft), and Lower Yosemite Fall (320 ft).