Some of the prettiest waterfalls anywhere are located in Havasu Canyon in the western part of the Grand Canyon. Also there is the Village of Supai, home to the Havasupai Indian Tribe. Havasupai translates in English to "People of the Blue-Green Waters." The area is accessible only by hiking, horseback, or helicopter. Each year thousands of people travel there to see the beautiful waterfalls, the four primary ones being Mooney Falls, Havasu Falls, Navajo Falls, and Beaver Falls. As you approach the Village, you come to stone pillars high on the hillside. These are called "Wigleeva" and are considered to be the Guardian Spirits of the Havasupai people. Their legend says that if these ever fall, the Canyon walls will close and the entire Village will be destroyed. The Village has a cafe, store, post office, school, and lodge. Tourism is one of their primary sources of income.
Fees. The following fees are charged:
For camping reservations, call 928-448-2121 -or- 928-448-2141
For lodge reservations, call 928-448-2111
They accept money orders, traveler's checks, cash, Visa, or MasterCard. Deposits are required for the Lodge, but are not required for camping.
Directions to Hualapai Hilltop. All modes of transportation leave from Hualapai Hilltop (pronounced "Wall-ah-pie"). If you are westbound on Interstate 40, exit at Seligman, Arizona. Proceed west on Route 66 for 28 miles past Seligman until reaching Indian Road 18, which is not well marked. If you are eastbound on Interstate 40, exit at Kingman, Arizona, and proceed east on Route 66 past Peach Springs for 6 miles until reaching Indian Road 18. Turn north on Indian Road 18 and proceed 60 miles to Hualapai Hilltop. The road is paved, but curves a lot the first 20 miles. Much of the last 30 miles is open range, so be on the lookout for roaming cattle. A word of caution is in order regarding fuel. If you are westbound, there is gasoline in Seligman with the last gas being at Grand Canyon Caverns, which is five miles before reaching Indian Road 18. There are no services of any kind the 60 miles on Indian Road 18.
Distances. It is 8 miles from Hualapai Hilltop to the Village of Supai and 2 more miles from the Village to the campground. The campground extends for about a half-mile on both sides of Havasu Creek. Navajo Falls is 1.5 miles past the Village and is the first falls you come to. Havasu Falls is one-quarter mile past Navajo Falls or 1.75 miles from the Village. The beginning of the campground is 2 miles past the Village. Mooney Falls is only a few hundred yards past the west end of the campground or about 2.5 miles past the Village. Beaver Falls is 4 miles past the campground and the Colorado River is 7 miles past the campground.
Descending Mooney Falls. The descent from the top of Mooney Falls to its base is not for the faint of heart. To aid in the descent, tunnels were blasted through the top half of the south wall. Then drill stems were driven into the walls and chains attached on the lower half. A long extension ladder sits at the very bottom. This is a nearly vertical descent. Some hand to toe climbing is required. Gloves help out for gripping the chains and rocks. You must make the descent in order to visit Beaver Falls.
For more information, visit their website at: http://www.havasupaitribe.com