Havasu

In a canyon tucked away off the Grand Canyon is a place of such beauty you will feel transported to a magical land of aquamarine rivers and red canyon walls. Except you are only a 3 hour drive from Flagstaff, Arizona. But like many natural wonders, you have to earn the right to see this beauty.  To get to Havasu and Mooney Falls, you have to backpack 10 miles with an initial 1 mile section of switchbacks. However, I can promise that the trek is worth it. As you reach the end of the dry and dusty canyon, you start to hear a creek and then you see it and you have to blink at the blueness of the water. After that teaser you reach the village of Supai which is so remote that it is the only town in the USA that still has mail delivered by mule. After you pass through the village you hear a roaring and instantly you forget about feeling tired as you are greeted by the sight of the beautiful blue Fifty Foot Falls. And that is only the start of the magic. Your campsite is situated in a canyon next to Havasu Falls where you can swim and explore. And the greatest natural wonder is only a ½ mile beyond your campsite where you reach the top of Mooney Falls which is 190 feet high. Getting to the bottom of the falls requires you to conquer any fear of heights and view it as an incredible adventure through caves and down pins in the rocks. Swimming at the base of the falls is an experience you will likely never forget. The force of the water is so strong that you are not able to swim right up to it and you will feel it reverberating through your chest. You can continue with a 16 mile round-trip day hike down the canyon, stopping for a swim at Beaver Falls, which follows the course of the aquamarine Havasu Creek until it reaches the Colorado River. Which in itself is a wonder worth seeing.

 

Havasu Tours run in September and April.

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