Havasu Falls

Havasu Falls

What Makes Havasu Falls so Famous?

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When those venturing into the Havasupai Waterfalls leave the town of Supai (8 miles into the Canyon), they still have 2 miles to hike before reaching the campground. Shortly after leaving town they come across their first waterfalls, Fifty Foot Falls and Rock Falls. These are beautiful falls and well worth a stop. They offer wonderful swimming and photography.

From here hikers continue downstream, cross the creek on a bridge, and then skirt along a sheer cliff. A roar starts to build as they descend farther into along the cliffs, and then, after turning a corner, they see it. Havasu Falls. It's 100 feet below them, and the water crashing over Havasu Falls plummets about 80 feet into spectacular, turquoise pools of water. Cottonwood trees line the banks and provide those relaxing on the red sand beaches coveted shade. This is the moment when people realize this place is special. They are amazed they haven't been here before now. They rummage for their cameras and can't help taking 10, 20, 30 pictures as if the more they take the longer this moment of appreciation will last.

Eventually they continue hiking to the campground. They may only visit Havasu Falls one or two more times during their visit to Havasupai, but that memory of the moment they first saw it will stick with them forever. It is the picture they will see when they think of the Havasupai Waterfalls.

This is what makes Havasu Falls - the third of 5 Havasupai Waterfalls - the most famous.

The Namesake of the Havasupai Waterfalls

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The terms "Havasupai" and "Havasu Falls" are synonymous. Over the years, because of the experience described above, people began referring to Havasupai as simply "Havasu Falls" as if it were the only waterfall in this amazing canyon. It isn't - there are 4 others. It isn't even the tallest. Mooney Falls is 200 feet high, whereas Havasu Falls is only 80 feet high. But it's the one that makes the impression. It's the one people most remember.

A Timeless, Evolving Waterfall

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Havasu Falls, like all the Havasupai Waterfalls, has been sculpted, shaped, destroyed, born again, buried, and uncovered over the years by the spring water constantly flowing down canyon, and by the devastating, periodic floods that thrash Grand Canyon every couple years. It looks slightly different every year; it looks quite different every decade; yet there it is, beckoning adventurous visitors from all over the world year after year. Havasu Falls will eventually be gone, wiped out by a massive flood, but in its place will be a new waterfall, possibly only a stone's throw away, most likely called Havasu Falls.

More Grand Canyon Hiking Adventures

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The Grand Canyon is an extraordinary place, and as amazing as the Havasupai waterfalls are, there are many options for adventure in the Canyon beyond Havasupai. Grand Canyon National Park is home to some of the most unique and spectacular backpacking trips in the world. It also offers stunning views, geologic history, and incredible day hikes for people not interested in backpacking.

Guided Grand Canyon treks include permits, local transportation, meals, gear, risk management systems and professional guides, allowing guests to make the most of their visit to the Canyon, focus 100% on enjoying their experience, and do it all with an increased level of safety and comfort.


  • GUIDED BACKPACKING ADVENTURES: these are for people interested in an authentic adventure deep in the Canyon's wilderness.
  • HORSE-ASSISTED TRIP: on this trip to the bottom of the Canyon, guests hike with light day packs and camp near the Colorado River.
  • PHANTOM RANCH TOURS: this tour (limited dates) goes to the bottom of the Canyon where we sleep 1 or 2 nights in the Phantom Ranch Lodge 5 minutes from the Colorado River. Showers, A/C, heat...etc.
  • ALL-INCLUSIVE HIKING PACKAGES: inn-based and camping-based hiking packages provide all-around hiking experiences of the Grand Canyon.