A trip to the Grand Canyon should always include a trip to the grand waterfalls of the Havasupai Indian Reservation. This community within the Grand Canyon National Park houses five of the most stunning waterfalls in Southwestern United States.
The waterfalls were formed naturally through thousands of years of geologic evolution. The elements of air, fire, wind, and water paved the way in the creation of waterfalls in certain parts of the Grand Canton.
The Havasu Creek is where all waters from higher layers of the canyon rises as a spring. Before it flows down the canyon the water drains along steep drop offs through the Red Walls.
- Green-Blue Waters
The rough translation of Havasupai in native American tongue is, “the people of the blue-green waters.” Havasu Falls is unique in that it features a stunning turquoise color that can only be found flowing along the Havasu Creek.
The green-blue waters of Havasu Falls can be attributed to the fact that the water flowing out comes from underground limestone and aquifers for thousands of years. As the water is stored underground, it accumulates minerals such as magnesium and calcium from limestone. The minerals are absorbed into the water. As sunlight comes in contact at the surface, the turquoise color then develops.
- Travertine Rock Formations
As water goes over the ground, the minerals are then deposited along the bottom of the creek, thus resulting in travertine rock formations. As flood waters come through and change the terrain of the stream bed, the travertine rock formations are uncovered. The incredibly unique formations can be seen all around the Havasu Canton.
- Five Falls
Havasu Falls is just one of the many waterfalls inside the Indian Reservation. It became extremely popular due to its location and magnificent view from the campgrounds. The other waterfalls are located near Havasu Falls, including Fifty Foot Falls, New Navajo Falls, Mooney Falls, and Beaver Falls.