Hi friends!I know, I know. I went on & on & on about my big ÜberTrip 2013. I talked about roadtripping from California all the way to Utah & then Arizona. I talked about the cold, the snow, the camping, the jackets & gloves, the sunsets, & the sunrises. I absolutely GUSHED on Instagram about how amazing this trip was (gosh, how annoying, haha).
I even got home & got off to a good start, sharing, riiiight away all those photos from Arches National Park in the snow. (A favorite set of mine, by the way. Have you seen those photos yet? Go look; I’ll wait.)
But then, radio silence. Crickets. Zip zero nada, & then some.
Never fear, friends, never fear! I’m back. & quite honestly, I’m back with photos from one of the most amazing parts of this trip. Honestly, it doesn’t get much better than this.
I present to you: Havasupai.
Whatta gem, no? It’s a seriously amazing find that you have just GOT to get your little butt hiked out to. 😉
It’s technically part of the Grand Canyon, but even though I’ve now hiked it, I don’t feel like I could tell the average person that I’ve seen the famous Grand Canyon. You’re not really anywhere near the views that the Grand Canyon is famous for & without some serious additional travel, you can’t make it an easy part of your trip.
But it doesn’t matter. This place is very well worth a trip!
The water is really truly that color – this is definitely not Photoshop. The turquoise comes from lime in the water, minerals that get picked up from the rocks as the water rushes to join the Colorado River. It’s something I can’t drink, as a visitor who isn’t used to it, but I chatted with one of the locals & he says he can drink it, no problem (as long as people aren’t swimming, washing, etc., upstream).
It is a ten mile hike to get in to the falls, but it’s not that bad – I really enjoyed the trip, although I was the only one who didn’t get blisters & we all know that blisters can significantly lower hiking enjoyment. The first two or so miles on the way in are a series of switchbacks on soft, sandy dirt (it’s pounded down from all the mules bringing things in & out of the village), but after that you walk along inside a river canyon. It’s maybe six or seven miles to the village & then another couple beyond that to the village. My feet were sore from the hike, but my muscles were juuust fine.
You aren’t supposed to, but you could probably make this a day hike. We saw a pretty fit couple who were doing the whole thing in a single day. Just down, catch the waterfall, & head home. Upside? You get to pack light. Downside, you don’t get to spend the night & spend more time exploring. Downside, less time taking photos.
The village is a very unusual place, but more on that later. The campsite has a ton of wild horses. Some locals. Some washed away bridges & flood damage. Some seriously gorgeous waterfalls. Etc. etc.
So beautiful. We went “swimming” here. The water is a little shallow & quite cold, especially because the air was cold (easier getting in than getting out), but I enjoyed the water & being clean after a long hike & a few nights of camping was glorious.
The stars are amazing, too. We got some moon, which was lovely, but also some hail (it didn’t last more than a few minutes). You’re in a deep canyon, so the rocks rise up high on either side of you. Staying by the river was wonderful – fall asleep to the sound of rushing water.
All in all, this place is an extremely gorgeous spot & going was welllll worth the hike, the drive, the everything. Go here. That is all. <3
VISIT / Camp or stay in the lodge. Reservations required & decently expensive. Details on their website here. The fees were waived for us though because when we visited in the dead of winter, right before Christmas, we were almost the only people in the campground. I have no idea if this is normally.
* All photography in this post by Simone Anne. Please do not reproduce without permission. Thanks! 🙂