Hidden Grand Canyon Oasis Is a Must-See for Any Nature Adventurer
U.S. Travel| | By Jason Owen
The Grand Canyon is one of the most spectacular natural sights in the United States, and while many know of the incredible rock formations, it’s unsurprising that there would be some hidden gems few know about throughout the thousand-mile gorge. One of those hidden gems is Havasu Falls, a gorgeous oasis of waterfalls and blue-green pools hidden among a daunting 10-mile hike. Havasupai can be translated to “The people of the blue-green waters,” who live near the Havasu River and are the “traditional guardians of the Grand Canyon,” according to GrandCanyon.com. The turquoise waters come from an underground spring, estimated to be approximately 30,000 years old. The water is stored in limestone caverns or aquifers and rises to the surface before flowing down the cavern toward the Colorado River. Sunlight reflects off the water, saturated with calcium and magnesium to create the rich turquoise color.
The Havasupai live in the Supai Village near the start of the trailhead. Now, some may be wondering how such a picturesque location could manage to stay relatively hidden. It’s likely due to the arduous 10-mile hike visitors must endure to get there. For those nature seekers in need of adventure, Havasu Falls is the perfect destination for a reprieve from the mundane. Those willing to take the trek will be rewarded with five spectacular waterfalls, each more breathtaking than the last. One of those waterfalls is the first one hikers should come upon, New Navajo Falls. About 300 yards downstream, explorers will find Fifty Foot Falls, which one can’t miss with its lush greenery surrounding the turquoise pool. The third waterfall of the group is the canyon’s namesake, Havasu Falls (see image at top, as well). For those who wish to hike to the bottom, a steep foot-trail will lead you down to the pools. Next on the list is Mooney Falls, the tallest of the five waterfalls, which offers spectacular views from both the top and bottom. Finally, and most remote, is Beaver Falls, three miles past Mooney Falls. While it may be far out of the way, Beaver Falls offers an unforgettable cascade waterfall perfect for swimming, and a great way to cap off your long hike. If Havasu Falls is right up your alley, know you’ll need to book reservations in advance to visit, as the Havasupai try to maintain the delicate ecosystem with limited travelers. Is Havasu Falls someplace you’re adding to your bucket list? If you’ve visited already, tell us all about it in the comments and SHARE this luxurious natural escape with your friends!
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