Havasu Creek is a stream in the U.S. state of Arizona associated with the Havasupai people. It is a tributary to the Colorado River, which it enters in the Grand Canyon.
Havasu Creek starts out above the canyon wall as a small trickle of snow run-off and rain water. This water meanders on the plains above the canyon for about 80 km until it enters Cataract Canyon also known as Havasu Canyon.
It then reaches Havasu Springs, where an underground source feeds the creek. This spring can be accessed by heading upstream when the creek is first encountered. The water stays at about 21 °C all year around.
The creek is well known for its blue-green color and distinctive travertine formations. This is due to large amounts of calcium carbonate in the water that formed the limestone that lines the creek and reflects its color so strongly.
This waterfall, also called Rock Falls, is the second one created by the 2008 flood, about .15 miles (0.24 km) below Upper Navajo Falls. The creek falls about 30 feet (9.1 m) into a swimming hole.
Havasu Falls Trail
Havasu falls is the third largest waterfall located in the creek and is accessed from a trail on the right side of the main trail.
Havasu Falls Trail
The side trail leads across a small plateau and drops into the main pool. Havasu is arguably the most famous and most visited of all the falls.
The falls are known for their natural pools, created by mineralization. A small man-made dam was constructed to help restore the pools and to preserve what is left. There are many picnic tables on the opposite side of the creek and it is very easy to cross over.
Mooney Falls is the fourth main waterfall in the canyon. It is named after D. W. "James" Mooney, a miner, who in 1882 – according to his companions – decided to mine the area near Havasu Falls for minerals. The group then decided to try Mooney Falls.
The Falls are located 2.25 miles (3.6 km) from Supai, just past the campgrounds. The trail leads to the top of the falls, where there is a lookout/photograph area that overlooks the 210-foot (64 m) canyon wall that the waterfall cascades over.
Beaver Falls is arguably the fifth set of falls, although many claim that it is not a waterfall, but merely a set of small falls that are located close to each other.