The Magical Waterfalls of the Havasupai Indian Reservation

By Ashley Barlow

As an avid waterfall chaser I have always dreamed of visiting the waterfalls of Havasupai. My dream became a reality when I was surprised with permits for my 25th Birthday!

Havasupai means people of the blue-green waters. The Havasupai people live on one of the most remote Native American Reservations in America. The Supai Village is located 8 miles deep into the Grand Canyon and can only be accessed by foot or helicopter. The waterfalls of Havasupai are by far the most beautiful waterfalls I have ever seen and definitely rank the list of must see waterfalls in the US. These waterfalls attract thousands of visitors each year and getting permits for the campground can be very difficult. It is recommended to reserve early. 

Reservations have changed this year and you no longer have to continuously call a phone line.
Permit reservations became available February 1st 2018 through their new online reservation system at HavasupaiReservations.com

Campground Information:

Sites available for up to 350 campers per night
Available in campground, drinking water, restrooms, and picnic tables

Pricing for 2018 is as follows and includes all necessary permits, fees, and taxes:
One Person, 2 Days / 1 Night: $140.56
One Person, 3 Days / 2 Nights: $171.12
One Person, 4 Days / 3 Nights: $201.67

Weekend nights (Friday, Saturday, Sunday), Holiday weekday nights (February 19, May 28, July 4, September 3, October 8), and Spring Break weekday nights (March 5-8 and 19-22) are an additional $18.34 per night.

There is a requirement to make a reservation for a maximum stay of 4 Days / 3 Nights per reservation in an attempt to accommodate more visitors who desire to visit the canyon.

All reservations are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Reservations can be made here at: HavasupaiReservations.com

The campground is located right along the water and we were fortunate to get a spot right next to the gorgeous blue water in this heavenly oasis!

Pack Horse & Saddle Horse Fees
$132.00 one way, $264.00 round trip per pack horse: RESERVATIONS REQUIRED

I highly recommend using a Pack horse and to stay for at least 3 nights. There is more than one waterfall to see. The Arizona desert heat can get VERY hot. We had most of our items carried in from a pack horse which made our hike that much easier since we had to hike 10 miles in the desert beating sun to the campground.
The trail into Supai begins at the Haulapai Hilltop
More info on the Havasupai Indian Reservation from the National Park Service

Trail Distances
(one way)
Miles Km
Hualapai Hilltop
to Supai
8 13
Supai to campground 2 3
Hualapai Hilltop
to campground
10 16
Campground
to Mooney Falls
0.5 0.8
Mooney Falls
to Colorado River
8 13

For those who don’t want to camp, there is a lodging option located in the Supai Village.

Lodge Fees

Room Rate $ 175.00* per night,
Rooms accommodates up to 4 persons.
Deposit $60.50 per room/ per night
Additional entrance fee of $90.00* per person will be charged upon arrival.

*All fees are subject to change without prior notice and are non-negotiable.

All fees are taxable by 10%.

Lobby Hours

Daily Hours: 8:00 am- 5:00 pm

Lodge Reservations

At this time, all reservations must be made via telephone.
To make reservations please call at:
1(928) 448-2111 or 1(928) 448-2201

Directions to the Havasupai Reservation & Supai

You will need to exit onto Historic Route 66 to Route Indian 18. You will travel 63 miles north to Hualapai Hilltop.

Reservations are required before entering the reservation. Guests can hike down 8 miles to the lodge and tourist office, then 2 more miles to the campground.

 

Navajo Falls

On your hike in towards the campsite, this waterfall is just off the path to the left. You can hear the rushing water as you walk past and I just had to explore around here to get a closer look.

 

Havasu Falls

As we were hiking towards the campground you start the notice the beautiful blue waters of Havasu as well as the famous Havasu Falls!

Havasu Falls tends to get more crowded compared to the other waterfalls due to its easier access and location.

 

Mooney Falls

About a half mile hike from the campground is the towering 200 foot Mooney Falls! Be warned, it is a bit of a treacherous hike down to the bottom requiring you to climb down through rocks and down a ladder.

On my 25th birthday I couldn’t believe I had this whole waterfall all to myself!

The most beautiful natural swimming pools I have ever seen! Happy Birthday to me! 8)

 

Beaver Falls

Beaver Falls is a 3 mile hike down from the campground and was by far the most tropical, amazing oasis hike I have ever seen!

The turquoise blue waters took my breath away to believe that a place like this existed deep in the desert of the Grand Canyon of America!

The magnificent Beaver Falls! There was so much to explore and see here! I even climbed up on some of the rocks and it made me feel like a kid again!

Havasupai is definitely a bucket list adventure that you have to add to your must do list! Craving an adventure or epic waterfall chase? Havasupai has it all! Excitement and adventure everywhere you look! A heavenly oasis you must see to believe! I promise you won’t be disappointed! So what are you waiting for? You better reserve early before tickets sell out! HavasupaiReservations.com

Is Havasupai on your Bucket list!?

 

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57 thoughts on “The Magical Waterfalls of the Havasupai Indian Reservation

  • July 12, 2018 at 10:28 am
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    oh my gosh, this is everything! I’m always looking for amazing waterfalls!

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  • April 28, 2018 at 6:16 pm
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    This place looks amazing!! I’m a big fan of trekking and exploring, so this is right up my street. I just wish it was cheaper for Brits to get there 🙁 x

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  • April 20, 2018 at 2:23 pm
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    I AM DYING TO GO HERE. Of course I found out about it after my 2015 trip to Arizona, but I doubt I could have gotten a permit anyway. SO jealous, it looks amazing!! This is such a practical, informative guide–it’s a surprisingly hard place to find all of the details about, given its popularity. I’ll definitely refer back here when I (finally) get to go.

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  • April 20, 2018 at 2:16 am
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    This is on our bucket list! So beautiful! We will probably have to go without the kids though bc of the hike!

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  • April 18, 2018 at 3:50 am
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    Great pictures! I love falls. I wanted to visit there someday. It really highlights the beauty of nature!

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    • April 18, 2018 at 3:36 pm
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      Thanks Regine! I love chasing waterfalls and these are definitely my favorite waterfalls in the US! I hope you get to visit one day because this paradise definitely highlights the beauty of nature so well! Just let me know if you need any tips!

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  • April 16, 2018 at 10:44 pm
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    That really is such a beautiful region of Arizona. I spent time in it about 20 years ago or so at Havasu Falls and I have to agree that is one of the most beautiful places on earth. The entire region is just absolutely gorgeous and worth the visit.

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    • April 18, 2018 at 2:57 pm
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      So very true Heidi! I am glad you got to experience the magical paradise of Havasupai! Definitely my favorite waterfalls in the US and so worth the visit! I’d love to come back and visit these again one day!

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  • April 16, 2018 at 9:28 pm
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    I’ve always found waterfalls to be so peaceful and beautiful. I would really love to take a trip. It not that bad in price.

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    • April 18, 2018 at 2:54 pm
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      Waterfalls are so beautiful and peaceful indeed! There is nothing like the sound of rushing water! I hope you get to visit one day because this is a must see paradise deep into the Grand Canyon! Just let me know if you need any tips!

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  • April 16, 2018 at 4:40 pm
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    WOW! This is INCREDIBLE! And the amount of information your provided in complete detail is soo appreciated! You bet this is now on my travel list, thanks!!

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    • April 18, 2018 at 2:53 pm
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      I am so glad to hear that! Thanks Kasey!! This place is definitely a must do bucket list adventure and you won’t be disappointed! Just let me know if you need any tips! 8)

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  • April 16, 2018 at 4:03 pm
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    OK WOW. These are the most gorgeous waterfall pictures I’ve ever seen. I would love to go here one day. I’ve always wanted to experience it myself.

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    • April 18, 2018 at 2:52 pm
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      thanks Lisa! These are definitely my favorite waterfalls in the US! Especially since they are a hidden paradise deep into the desert of the Grand Canyon! I hope you get to make it out there one day because this is a must do bucket list adventure! Just let me know if you need any tips! 🙂

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  • April 16, 2018 at 12:39 pm
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    Wow what stunning photographs you took. This reservation looks like paradise to me, it would be so incredible to see these views and visit the waterfalls in person. What a great experience.

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    • April 18, 2018 at 2:50 pm
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      Hey thanks Elizabeth! Havasupai is such a magical location it is quite the paradise deep into the desert of the Grand Canyon of Arizona! These views are by far better in person. These are definitely my favorite waterfalls in the US and an experience I won’t ever forget ! I hope you get to visit one day! Just let me know if you need any tips! 🙂

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  • April 16, 2018 at 10:01 am
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    You are so lucky to visit this place! I am really surprised that there can be so many beautiful and inspiring places in one location!

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    • April 18, 2018 at 2:47 pm
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      Thanks Tetyana! It was definitely a once in a lifetime experience! This place is so magical I couldn’t believe how beautiful it was to see! I hope you get to visit one day because these are by far my favorite waterfalls in the US! Just let me know if you need any tips! 🙂

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  • April 16, 2018 at 9:19 am
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    Looks like you are having great fun in Supai Village. The waterfall looks super healthy as it still has plenty of water flowing down. Water is clear and clean with blue green water which attract my attention when I read about your experience here. Great to learn a little about Havasupai Indian tribe. Last year I visited Grand Canyon West and learnt a little about other American Indian Hualapai people (the tall pine tree people). I am glad to learn about Havasupai this time. ( Blue green water) !

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  • April 16, 2018 at 6:58 am
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    We were hoping to do this this year but weren’t able to get a permit for the dates we wanted. Hopefully, we’ll be able to do it soon because it’s just so incredible that this place exists in the middle of the desert! This information is great and hopefully will prepare us for an amazing trip!

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    • April 16, 2018 at 1:18 pm
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      Hey Ling, I am sorry you weren’t able to get the dates you wanted, this place definitely tends to fill up fast and I hope you’re still able to make it out there! This place is such an amazing paradise deep into the desert of the Grand Canyon that I couldn’t believe how magical it was to see! I feel like my photos still don’t do justice! Definitely don’t give up on trying to get permits and I hope it all works out because it will be so worth it in the end! Just let me know if you need any other tips! 🙂

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  • April 16, 2018 at 5:45 am
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    As a waterfall chaser myself, I was completely captivated by the falls in the Havasupai Indian reservation. I was particularly enticed by the blue-green waters of the Mooney Falls. All your practical tips will be of immense help for anyone visiting.

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    • April 16, 2018 at 1:20 pm
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      Hey Denny that blue green water definitely gives these waterfalls that magical oasis feeling right in the middle of the desert! These are by far my favorite waterfalls I have seen in the US! What’s your favorite!?

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  • April 16, 2018 at 4:12 am
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    What a beautiful place it is, so picturesque. The location and the view are just amazing, would love to check this out.

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    • April 16, 2018 at 1:22 pm
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      Thanks Preet! Havasupai is quite the magical oasis deep into the desert of the Grand Canyon! It was so picturesque that I didn’t ever want to leave! I hope you’re able to visit one day because these are definitely must see waterfalls in the US and you won’t be disappointed! 🙂

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  • April 15, 2018 at 7:13 pm
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    Cool! I can’t wait to go here on my day off. Thank you for sharing 🙂

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    • April 16, 2018 at 1:23 pm
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      Anytime Leo! and you won’t be disappointed!! Havasupai is such a magical paradise to see!! I hope these tips help you! 🙂

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  • April 15, 2018 at 6:10 pm
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    Oh my gosh. I would love to spend a week at this place. Those pictures are amazingly gorgeous.

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    • April 16, 2018 at 1:25 pm
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      Thanks Anna!! And a week is plenty of time to see all the amazing magical waterfalls here!! I hope you’re able to make it out there because these are by far my favorite waterfalls in the US! A paradise you must see to believe! 8)

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  • April 15, 2018 at 5:14 pm
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    wow, I am so speechless and stunned by the beauty of its nature. beautiful photos and thank you for sharing your experience 🙂

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    • April 16, 2018 at 2:31 pm
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      Thanks Nisha! and anytime! This place is so picturesque, it is quite the magical oasis deep into the desert of the grand canyon! I hope you’re able to visit sometime because it is even more magical in person! Just let me know if you need any tips! 🙂

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  • April 15, 2018 at 5:10 pm
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    Oh! My! Goodness! I am in LOVE with Havasupai watersfalls! Your photos captured its beauty soooo perfectly and the fact that you basically had it all to yourself for your birthday? Amazing! Thanks for sharing all this relevant information about the experience, all great details for helping plan a trip to the falls!

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    • April 16, 2018 at 1:12 pm
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      Aww thank you Aisha!! The waterfalls of Havasupai are by far my favorite waterfalls I have seen in the US! I couldn’t believe I was able to have them to myself for my birthday, it was such a nice treat! I hope you’re able to visit one them one day and can help use this article to plan accordingly! Just let me know if you need any other tips!! 🙂

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  • April 15, 2018 at 4:09 pm
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    Those pictures are absolutely stunning. My 91-year-old Grandma likes to tell me the story of when she and my grandpa hiked to Havasupei falls. I think they were in their 50s. I bet it was a very different place back then. Thanks for sharing!

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    • April 15, 2018 at 5:43 pm
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      Thanks Kristin! I’m sure your grandparents had quite the adventure then! I can’t imagine how it must have been back then! I hope you get to visit one day, its definitely a must do bucketlist adventure! 8)

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  • April 15, 2018 at 3:42 pm
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    Gosh these are all absolutely stunning. I think I would definitely have to take the pack horse to cover those distances. One for the list in future me thinks…

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    • April 15, 2018 at 5:45 pm
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      Thanks Anne! I definitely recommend using the pack horse to save yourself the trouble since it is a 10 mile hike down into the base camp. A must do bucket list adventure, I hope you get to make it out there! Just let me know if you ever need any tips! 8)

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  • April 15, 2018 at 1:32 pm
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    Whoa this waterfall seems to be homed in one of most breathtaking landscape. It also looks really serene and peaceful to be here. Hope to make it here one day

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    • April 16, 2018 at 1:27 pm
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      Thanks Swati! And these waterfalls are located deep into the desert in the Grand Canyon of Arizona! These waterfalls will take your breath away! Definitely a serene paradise like I’ve never seen before! I hope you’re able to make it out there one day too! These are by far my favorite waterfalls in the US and you won’t be disappointed when you go! 🙂

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  • April 15, 2018 at 12:11 pm
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    I think that camping can be made here, not only for women, but also for men. Very nice places, it’s good to see it through your eyes.

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    • April 16, 2018 at 2:29 pm
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      Thanks Valdas! and that is very true! Camping is made for both women and men too! I love being able to share my adventures through my eyes and there will definitely be more adventures to come! I hope this place opened your eyes to wanting to camp here because this place is definitely a bucket list adventure! 🙂

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    • April 16, 2018 at 2:24 pm
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      Thanks Tiffany! This place is definitely a magical oasis deep into the desert of the Grand Canyon! I hope you get to visit one day because this place is so amazing and by far a waterfall chasers dream! I would definitely say that these are my favorite waterfalls in America! I hope you get to make it out there and just let me know if you need any tips!

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  • April 14, 2018 at 7:46 pm
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    Wow, this looks like such an incredible adventure! As someone who loves to camp, this is definitely something that I should look into as one of my next trips. 🙂

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    • April 16, 2018 at 2:22 pm
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      Thanks Emily! It was quite the amazing adventure indeed! And if you love to camp then you will definitely love camping at Havasupai! So many amazing, magical waterfalls to see here! I hope you get to visit! Definitely try to reserve early because this place tends to fill up fast! Just let me know if you need any more tips! 🙂

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  • April 14, 2018 at 7:01 pm
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    Wow these images are breathtaking. What a magical place to go visit. Memories that last a lifetime

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    • April 16, 2018 at 2:20 pm
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      Thanks Dani! This place is so picturesque and I couldn’t believe how magical this paradise was right in the desert deep into the Grand Canyon! Definitely memories of a lifetime and I hope you get to visit one day! Such an amazing must see place! Just let me know if you need any tips! 🙂

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  • April 14, 2018 at 6:26 pm
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    This sounds like a wonderful adventure! I have always wanted to see Havasu Falls!

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    • April 16, 2018 at 2:18 pm
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      Thanks Kristy it was quite the adventure I must say! These waterfalls are quite the heavenly oasis deep into the desert of the Grand Canyon of Arizona! I hope you get to visit one day because you won’t be disappointed! Just let me know if you need any tips! 🙂

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  • April 14, 2018 at 5:08 pm
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    Oh My Goodness such beauty! Thank-you for sharing this. I travel vicariously through travel bloggers. I wish I felt so incredibly amazed by nature and history when I was younger. That water really is blueish green, so beautiful, all of the falls and the rocks even the greenery.

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    • April 16, 2018 at 2:17 pm
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      Thanks Gladys! This place is definitely quite the magical paradise deep into the desert of the Grand Canyon! I couldn’t believe how blueish green the water was out there in the desert! Such a tropical oasis! You know the saying “better late than never” so I’m glad you’re enjoying nature and history now! Definitely so much to see out there and learn! 8)

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  • April 14, 2018 at 1:34 pm
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    Oh wow! This is so beautiful! I would love to see this in person one day!

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    • April 16, 2018 at 2:13 pm
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      Thanks Brittney! and oh my gosh I hope you get to visit!! Definitely a magical oasis you’ve gotta see to believe! A bucket list adventure like no other!! Just let me know if you need any tips! 🙂

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  • April 14, 2018 at 10:53 am
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    I’m intrigued by the native American history of the US, and so to see this reservation is incredible. How lucky you were on your birthday to have that wonderful waterfall all to yourself! I’m not the best camper, so would book a few nights in the lodge! A real wonder of natural beauty right here, and a location completely new to me.

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    • April 16, 2018 at 1:34 pm
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      Hey Lisa, this was such an amazing experience to be able to visit these waterfalls on the Native American Reservation. This trip definitely opened my eyes to the history of Native Americans and I was so amazed. It was definitely a nice birthday treat I won’t ever forget! I am glad they have a lodge option for those who aren’t big into camping so that more people can experience this amazing paradise! I hope you’re able to visit one day because these are by far my favorite waterfalls in the US! Definitely a must do adventure deep into the desert of the Grand Canyon! Just let me know if you need any other tips! 🙂

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  • April 14, 2018 at 5:08 am
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    Whoa! What a remote location! This waterfall looks really gorgeous and worth the hike. Havasupai looks like a little slice of heaven!

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    • April 16, 2018 at 1:29 pm
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      Thanks Marci! This place is sooo remote which makes it that much more amazing! Definitely well worth the hike! Havasupai is a hidden paradise deep into the desert of the Grand Canyon and by far my favorite waterfalls in the US! I hope you’re able to visit one day because they are definitely a must do adventure! 🙂

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