Sure, most people travel to Grand Canyon region because of its star natural wonder, the Grand Canyon itself. After all the Grand Canyon is a World Heritage Site that spans 1.2 million acres and contains several major ecosystems.
But the canyons and towering rock formations are not the only natural wonders visitors will enjoy on a Grand Canyon vacation.
There are spectacular waterfalls here, too.
Here is a sampling of the notable blue-green waterfalls that can be seen inside the Grand Canyon region, all of which are located on the Havasupai Indian Reservation.
The following waterfalls require some effort to get there, and none are accessible by car. You can drive within 10 miles of them. There is helicopter access, which costs approximately $85-90 one-way. You can also ride in on horseback, or hire a mule to carry your load while you walk in front of it. Otherwise, for most visitors, it’s a bit of a road trip with some good hiking mixed in. The prize is worth it, though. These are truly spectacular waterfalls.
To get to the trailhead, which start at Havasupai Village, travel the historic Route 66, north of Interstate 40 in northwestern Arizona. Heading east, about 7 miles past Peach Springs, turn left on Indian Service Road 18. Continue for approximately 60 miles to the trailhead located at Hualapai Hilltop. IMPORTANT NOTE: From here, it’s a 10-mile hike to Havasupai Village, where all of the following waterfall hikes originate. If you’re traveling from the east, take Exit 123 off I-40 at Seligman and drive 33 miles west on Highway 66 to Indian Road 18 before continuing north for 68 miles. (NOTE: There are no services along Indian Road 18, so plan accordingly.)
There is a campground located between Navajo Falls and Mooney Falls, that is first-come, first-serve, able to host up to 300 people.
The first of the wonderful waterfalls in this region is Navajo Falls, a 75-foot-high waterfall discovered after a 9.5-mile hike from Hualapi Hilltop. This is a pretty waterfall that plunges into a great swimming hole. The water temperature is about 70 degrees. If you’re not into hiking, you can take a helicopter from Tusayan, near the Grand Canyon’s South Rim, or ride a horse or walk with a mule that carries your gear to the waterfalls in this area. (Located 1 mile from the campground located between Havasu and Mooney falls.)
Add a half-mile to the Navajo Falls hike, for a total of about 10-mile hike, and you’ll see the splendor of the 100-foot-high Havasu Falls, also often referred to as Havasupai Falls. This waterfall is famous thanks to all the photos and videos you see capturing its blue-green beauty. It is one of the most photographed waterfalls in the world, and it’s no wonder it is. It’s a spectacular waterfall and offers a great retreat from the heat in the form of a swimming hole. Certainly this has got to be one of the most scenic swimming holes in the world.
Mooney Falls is about 11-12 miles from Hualapai Hilltop. This waterfall is tall, as in 200 feet tall, and is named for a drunken cowboy who fell to his death here.