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Havasu Falls – An Uplifting Experience

Located in Arizona’s Grand Canyon, Havasu Falls consists of a photogenic chute dropping about 120 feet on the Havasu Creek. The water falls from limestone rock, which renders a pleasant blue-green hue. Havasu Falls together with its large plunge pools form an excellent vacation spot for nature lovers and adventurers.

How to reach Havasu Falls

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The Havasu Falls area, a part of the Havasupai Indian Reservation, is managed by the Havasupai tribe. Advance reservations are essential as the number of visitors is restricted.

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The trailhead is at Hualapai Hilltop located at the end of Indian Road 18, about 65 miles to the north of Route 66. It is about 100 miles from Seligman, the nearest town.  It is about 8 miles from the Supai village, where you check in at a tourism office. Spend the night at the parking lot here to get an early start on your hiking venture. You may hike or ride on horses to reach Havasu Falls, which is about 2 miles below Supai. The trail is steep and rocky in some parts. If backpacking seems strenuous, you may have your bags carried by mule trail. Food and supplies are available at the Supai village, which gets its supplies via mule train, helicopter or backpacking. Supplies are costlier here because of the remote location.

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Nearest airports are the Phoenix Skyharbor International Airport in Phoenix (Arizona) and the McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas (Nevada). The trailhead – Hualapai Hilltop – is about 3-4 hour drive from Flagstaff, 5-6 hour drive from Phoenix, 3-4 hour drive from Las Vegas and 2-3 hour drive from Kingman.

Instead of the 8-mile hike out of the canyon, you may take the helicopter.

When to visit

May-June and September-October are the best seasons to visit the falls. The monsoon season – July to early September – is known for gnarly thunderstorms and flash floods.

Accommodations

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The Havasupai Lodge is a 24-room facility located in the Supai Village Trail and is operated by the Havasupai Tribe. It is the only hotel in the village and the next nearest hotel is about 75 miles away. It provides the basic amenities – double bed, sofa set and electrical plugs.

There is a campground along a stream in between the Havasu Falls and another falls called Mooney Falls located further down the trail. Camping spots must be reserved several months in advance.

The El Tovar Hotel is a fine accommodation on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. It offers several room choices – standard, deluxe and suites – and has a host of amenities including cable TV, room service and on-site restaurant. There are 78 non-smoking rooms, many of which offer canyon views.

Photos:Havasu Falls Visit ,The Water Falls from Limestone RockHualapai HilltopThe Mooney Falls

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