Do It Before You Die: Hike to Havasu Falls
Havasu Falls in Arizona is paradise on Earth. It is an incredible waterfall located in the Grand Canyon, Arizona. Even though it’s not easy to hike there, this place is definitely worth a visit.
Havasu Falls is part of the Havasupai American Indian Reservation. Havasupai means “people of the blue-green water”, an apt description when you see the lustrous, natural water colour. The hike starts at Hualapai Hilltop, which is a hundred miles from civilization - be well prepared before you get there.
We arrived pretty late so we decided to take a nap in the car and get up at 4am the next morning. It gets really hot in the Canyon by around 9am. The hike was one of the most difficult I have ever completed.
But trust me, it's worth it.
The 12 mile hike along the bottom of Hualapai Canyon is long but relatively flat. There is nothing but rocks, sky-high cliffs and the baking Arizona sun. The most difficult part of this hike is in the very beginning of the trail where you need to get to the bottom of the canyon, switch-backing down steep terrain for about a mile.
It is not that hard when you go down, but on the way back to the parking lot a little mental preparation is necessary! It's the most challenging part of the trail apart from the distance and the duration spent in the hot Arizona sun. As someone who endured the pain and the blisters, let me give you a few helpful tips:
1. Be sure to bring A LOT of water. It will be even better if you get insulated bottles and fill it with cold water. There’s nothing better than cold water in that heat.
2. Get super comfortable, high quality hiking boots and water shoes. You will not be able to survive without them.
3. If you're carrying a backpack; think twice about what you're bringing with you. The lighter, the better. But obviously ensure you are well prepared and will be safe no matter what nature throws at you.
4. After 10 miles of hiking in the canyon, you will reach the Indian village, where you can find a restaurant, a store, and wifi. Don’t get too comfortable - you have to hike 2 more miles to the camp ground.
In arid Arizona, Havasu Falls is a unique and picturesque oasis. Crystal clear blue water surrounded by green trees and fiery red walls of the canyon. I still struggle to find the words to express its beauty; I stood there, staring at the waterfalls, in awe of its incredible beauty.
Written by Julia Pelio. Photos by Arthur Pelio.
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