Havasupai reservation- Grand Canyon
Havasupai reservation- Grand Canyon Reviews
Unforgettable backcountry Grand Canyon trail Mar 20, 2011
The Havasupai are native people of the Grand Canyon region of Arizona and their name means people of the blue-green waters. This name is evident when visiting their reservation and with its spectacular waterfalls and turquoise colored swimming pools along the Havasu River. This reservation is about 4 hours northwest of Flagstaff, AZ or about a half day's drive east from Las Vegas.
The rustic Havasu Canyon is only accessible by one, long dirt road deep into the Grand Canyon landscape. The reservation only hosts a limited number of guests each year and registration must be done months in advance. But if you are into rustic, back-country travel it is well worth the wait.
Hiking from the parking lot at the top of the canyon rim down into the Havasu reservation village will take 3-4 hours and there is some difficult terrain. But once down in the canyon along Havasu Creek, most of the hardships are forgotten when you rest along the cool blue-green waters for the stream. Check out the multiple waterfalls that spill through the canyon including Havasu Falls (120 foot vertical) and Mooney Falls (210 foot vertical).
This is neither a cheap trip or a "relaxing" one. It is a lot of work to get into the canyon and the reservation costs are more than you would think. But it offers some scenery that is unavailable anywhere else in the Grand Canyon and the extra work pays off in avoiding the mobs of tourists found in other parts of the canyon.
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