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Havasu Falls

Havasu Falls is known throughout the world and has appeared in numerous magazines and television shows, and is often included in calendars that feature incredible waterfalls or beautiful scenery. Visitors from all over the world make the trip to Havasupai primarily for Havasu Falls.

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.

  havasu falls, Havasupai Waterfalls
 
 
torquoise water of Havasupai
 

Refreshing Blue Water

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.
     
     
 
     

Change is Constant

Havasu Falls Before 2008Havasu Falls After 2008Just as nature builds up by slowly creating travertine formations, nature occasionally destroys and makes major changes with flooding. Over 100 years ago, Havasu Falls looked completely different; back then water flowed down the cliff in a two hundred foot wide curtain and was known as Bridal Veil Falls. But in 1910 a major flash flood roared through the canyon and knocked a notch in the travertine. The water started following the current channel thus creating the spectacular Havasu Falls.

During the next 98 years, Havasu Falls changed in subtle ways, sometimes with a split flow, sometimes a wide single spout. Then, in the 2008 flood, part of the current veil was broken off and the water now flows out of one side of the notch.

 

Accessible

Havasu Falls is just a quarter mile from Lower Navajo Falls and about a quarter of a mile before you reach the campground. Easily accessible from several paths leading down to the refreshing waters, of course you must take a swim. Below the major pool, you can explore smaller pools as the stream cascades and winds its way towards the campground.