Havasupai Indian Reservation - Grand Canyon
On the western end of the Grand Canyon is the Havasupai Indian Reservation. Accessible only by foot (or helicopter),
the reservation is an 8-mile hike from the canyon rim to the valley floor and the village of Supai. 'Havasupai' translates to 'People-Of-The-Blue-Green-Waters'
in English. The water in the canyon is a blue-green color because of its high limestone content.
We spent 2 nights camping in the canyon and swimming in the waterfalls along the river. On the morning we planned to leave, heavy rain further up the canyon caused the river
to rise and turned the water to a muddy brown. At 4am, we were woken by a Havasu Indian who asked everyone to pack and leave in a hurry as there
was a chance of a flash-flood (something that had happened several times before).
So as we hiked out, the once blue water in Havasu Falls didn't look as amazing, and the people we passed who were hiking into the canyon would not get to see it at it's best.
Leaving the Hualapai hilltop and heading into the Grand Canyon
Walking down the Hualapai Trail
At first, the canyon isn't impressive
Following a dry river bed
As we get deeper into the canyon,
the walls close in
Havasu Falls is the first waterfall we pass as we near Supai village
Futher along the river is Mooney Falls. Here, we're standing on top of the cliff, before we start the climb down. The climb is only possible because tunnels have been carved and chains have been placed down the cliff.
Anastasia climbs through a tunnel
to reach the bottom of the falls
It's a near vertical climb
towards the end
It looks impossible, but look closely and you can see the route
Swimmers try to get close to the base of Mooney Falls, but the blast of water keeps them back
Mooney Falls. At 196 ft, it's
taller than Niagra Falls
Kate leaves the tunnel,
and the chains begin
Havasu Falls, not so spectacular
when it rains
The Store, in Supai Village
Our bags are loaded onto donkeys to make the hike out a bit easier!
Hiking out. This dog from the
village followed Josh for miles
|Overnight, heavy rain further up the canyon changed the clear water to a muddy brown.
The water level rose, but there was no flash-flood through the canyon.|
Unfortunately, for the hikers heading into the canyon that day, the falls didn't look like the best place to go swimming.
We were lucky to see it at its best and at its worst.