5 Reasons Why You Should Add Havasupai To Your Bucket List

In search of paradise?

By: Tiffany Nguyen
January 12, 2016

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Look no further than this oasis nestled deep in the Arizona desert. After embarking on an 8 mile hike that descends into the deep canyon of Havasupai, you arrive at the town of Supai where the members of the tribe live. From this point, only 2 miles remain until you reach the campground and the first of several incredible waterfalls. With blue green water rushing down stunning red orange rocks, it's easy to see why Havasupai was considered a sacred place upon its discovery. The tribe very graciously opens up their land to adventurers so that others can experience the unreal place that they call home. Planning a trip here isn't the easiest since reservations must be made well in advance, but the effort is well worth it. There are endless things that make this place so amazing, but here are 5 that should be more than enough reason for you to add it to your bucket list ASAP!

1. Size up Mooney Falls

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At 196 feet, Mooney Falls stands as Havasupai's tallest waterfall. Even taller than Niagara Falls, it's easy to feel small at this grand waterfall.

2. Experience some nightlife

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Whether it's a full moon or the Milky Way is out, you don't want to miss out on experiencing Havasupai after dark. Some of the best memories are made after the sun goes down!

3. Catch some rays at Beaver Falls

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What could be better than soaking up some sun after a hike to Beaver Falls? If you're lucky, you might have this place all to yourself.

4. Take in the beauty of New Navajo Falls

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This place is the definition of a desert oasis. With countless angles to photograph, don't forget to save some time to take a dip!

5. Find the confluence of the Colorado River

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Although it's a 16 mile round trip hike to get to the confluence, it's well worth it once you reach the point where Havasu Creek joins the Colorado River. The stark contrast between the turquoise water of Havasupai and the brown water of the Colorado River will leave you speechless.

Cover photo: Tiffany Nguyen

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Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures. Be aware of local regulations and don't damage these amazing places for the sake of a photograph.