About Havasu Falls

Havasu Falls is a waterfall in the Grand Canyon located 1½ miles (2.4 km) from Supai, Arizona, USA. It is arguably the most famous and most visited of all the falls on Havasu Creek and consists of one main chute that drops over a 90-foot (27 m) to 100-foot (30 m) vertical cliff into a large pool. Due to the high mineral content of the water, the configuration of the falls is ever-changing and sometimes breaks into two separate chutes of water.

The falls are known for their natural pools, created by mineralization, although the configuration of the falls and the pools are damaged or destroyed repeatedly by large floods that wash through the area.[2] A small man-made dam was once constructed to help restore the pools and to preserve what is left.

High calcium carbonate concentration in the water creates the vivid blue-green color and forms the natural travertine dams that occur in various places near the falls.

There are many picnic tables on the opposite side of the creek, and it is easy to cross over by following the edges of the pools. It is possible to swim behind the falls and enter a small rock shelter behind it. -Source by Wikipedia

 

History

The Havasu Baaja has lived in the area for many hundreds of years. Prior to the early 1900’s when the Grand Canyon was made into a national park the Havasupai roamed a vast area on the upper plateau regions subsisting by hunting and gathering what the earth provided. During the spring and summer months, we moved back to the Canyon and planted gardens.

When the reservation was created in 1882, the federal government confined the tribe to 518 acres at the bottom of the canyon, resulting in a loss of almost 90 percent of the tribe’s original land. This loss of the economic base had a major influence on our culture, forcing the tribe to rely more on farming and seeking wage labor outside the canyon. Eventually the Tribe began to rely on tourism, as people found their way to its beautiful homeland. In 1975, Congress re-allocated 185,000 acres of its original hunting grounds back to the Havasupai. -Source by Havasu Falls Grand Canyon

 

Refreshing Blue Water

The vibrant blue water contrasts against the striking red rocks of the canyon walls as Havasu Falls plunges nearly 100 feet into a wide pool of blue-green waters. This, the most striking waterfall in the Grand Canyon, sports a wide sandy beach and plenty of shady cottonwood trees to relax by.

Calcium carbonate and magnesium occur naturally in the waters of Havasu Creek. The pools and natural dams form when the calcium carbonate precipitates out of the water and deposits onto rocks, branches, or man made structures (after a devastating flood) building up over time. Havasu Falls and Havasu Creek get their blue color from the magnesium in the water. As the pools deepen and the calcium carbonate is slowly released from the water, the bluer the water appears as the relative magnesium content increases.

As the creek originates from a spring, the water rarely deviates from 70 degrees Fahrenheit year round. -Source by Havasupai Falls