Havasupai Falls has captured my imagination for years now. When I first saw images of clear, turquoise water in the middle of the desert, I knew it was a place I had to visit. There were pictures I have seen online from as far back as the 70s.
Havasupai Falls is in Arizona, part of the Grand Canyon, but, the land is owned and controlled by the Havasupai. They’ve been on this land prior to the early 1800s, but, when the reservation was created by the federal government in the late 1800s, the tribe had lost a significant amount of the lands they roamed. In 1975, Congress had reallocated more land to the tribe. This area of the Grand Canyon, with it’s lush landscape and cascading, clear waters, is now a major source of income for the tribe, drawing in people from all over the world to come visit and simply be in awe of the blue, green waters in the desert.
And, it’s not without some sweat that you get to experience this place. It’s an 11 mile hike in from the top of the canyon. Dry, hot weather, gravelly, and soft sand terrain doesn’t make this easy. Plus, carrying all the camping gear, there can be moments of struggle. Could we have hired a mule to carry the gear? Yes, but, the challenge is part of the experience, and the reward for lugging 30+ pounds on your back, hot, hot heat, and 11 miles, it was cherished once we got to camp.
This is a place where lush, green ferns meet the desert and clear, temperate water carves the canyon to meet the Colorado. It has been described as the Garden of Eden…. this place was surely magic. We hiked and played in the water all day long. Walking downstream in the river, around every bend, a new surprise awaited…. more falls, a beach, a rope swing! If any of you want more info on this place and our experience, hit us up and we’ll give you the low down.