Rekindling A Lost Love for Adventure
In October of 2015, I was blessed with the opportunity to explore one of the most beautiful places on the planet, Havasupai Falls. A little back story, I am a recovering addict, that struggled with addiction from my early teens. I have always been an avid hiker and adventurer but when the addiction took over, I lost all interest in those things. At right around 16 months clean the chance presented itself. I had been down to the Falls a couple times when I was younger but the experience I had this time was completely different.
An Epic Journey
When we arrived at the top of the trail, I was greeted by a view that took my breath away. The vastness of the canyon I was about to walk into brought into perspective just how small I am in relation to this amazing planet we live on.
The hike begins with about a mile of downhill switch backs while making sure to watch out for the donkeys that are carrying peoples packs out of the canyon. That was followed by a 7-mile hike on flat ground to reach the Supia Village. After leaving the village a 2-mile hake led me past a trio of the most beautiful blue waterfalls I have ever laid eyes on to reveal the camp grounds.
The first waterfall you come to is Upper Navajo, it is a gorgeous, roughly 50-foot, waterfall that flows into a rocky pool. About an eighth of a mile down the trail you are presented with the Lower Navajo Falls. This stunning waterfall runs about 30 feet into a swimming hole. Here you can jump off the top of the falls, or walk underneath and jump through.
About a mile further down the trail, you come to the most well-known and most visited of the falls, which is the Havasu Falls. This marvelous creation spills over a 100-foot cliff. Here you find a very popular swimming location because the minerals in the water create natural pools.
After seeing these three waterfalls, and traveling a little further down the trail, you come to the campgrounds, where you are able to camp right next the Havasu creek. There’s a natural spring that flows out of the bottom of one of the canyon walls, the water is some of the best water I have ever had the pleasure of drinking, I carried two extra liters out to share with my friends back home.
At the end of the campground, you stumble upon the largest of the all the falls, Mooney Falls. This 210-foot giant left me in awe.
If you continue on down the trail you’ll have a semi vertical climb down the canyon wall that has strategically placed chains, ladders, and handholds to help you.
I highly recommend experiencing this. The view from the top is only surpassed by the view from the bottom.
Counting the Days Until I Return
I was so moved by the experience that I had while I was in the canyon.
I am planning on going back at least once a year. People travel from all over the world for the opportunity to visit a place that is right in my backyard.
Pictures and descriptions of this extraordinary place do not do it justice, if you ever are presented with the chance to go, I highly suggest you jump at it. Havasupai Falls is an incredibly moving experience.