Navajo Falls

Havasupai / Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA

About Navajo Falls


Hiking Distance: 19 miles round trip
Suggested Time: at least 2 days

Date first visited: 2002-11-29
Date last visited: 2002-11-30

Waterfall Latitude: 36.24704
Waterfall Longitude: -112.70256

Navajo Falls was the first major waterfall that we saw as we followed the Havasu Creek downstream from Supai Village during our November 2002 visit to the Havasupai Indian Reservation.

It’s said to tumble some 75ft through thick brush, which conspired to make photographing the waterfall a bit difficult as you can tell from the photos on this page.

Navajo_Falls_009_11302002 - Navajo Falls
Navajo Falls

For no matter where we went, we were never able to get a full view of the waterfall.

We noticed this waterfall roughly 3/4-mile from Supai Village. There was an unsigned spur loop that descended closer to another steeper path that took us right down to the base of the waterfall.

While the view from the end of the trail was blocked by foliage (see photo at the top of this page), in order to get past the foliage, I had to either balance precariously on logs or just wade in the creek.

And as you can see from the lack of clean photos of the falls, I did neither.

Unlike Havasu Falls and Mooney Falls (which were both plunge waterfalls), this one was more of a cascade.

Navajo_Falls_005_11292002 - Context of Navajo Falls
Context of Navajo Falls

We were able to get somewhat contextual views from the top of the cliff upon which the trail was on, but the lower sections would always be blocked.

In the late Summer of 2008, a massive flash flood swept through Havasu Canyon and altered the watercourse of Havasu Creek.

The result was that the creek now bypassed Navajo Falls (thereby drying it up) while creating two new waterfalls.

Julie and I are keen to return to Havasu Canyon to see for ourselves the dramatic changes that have occurred as a result of the 2008 event.

Authorities

Navajo Falls and Havasu Canyon are in the Havasupai Reservation near Kingman in Coconino County, Arizona. It is administered by the Havasupai Tribe. For information or inquiries about this reservation as well as current conditions, visit the official Havasupai Tribe website.

Navajo_Falls_002_11292002 - Our first look at Navajo Falls was in the late afternoon against the sun
Navajo_Falls_007_11292002 - Early morning look at Navajo Falls
Navajo_Falls_008_11302002 - Looking towards the obstructed base of Navajo Falls as seen during our visit in late November 2002
Navajo_Falls_010_11302002 - Obstructed view of Navajo Falls from its base

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Navajo Falls shares the same trailhead and hiking trail as Havasu Falls.

So see the Havasu Falls page for both the driving directions and the trail descriptions up to Supai Village.

For context, the hiking begins from the Hualapai Hilltop, which is roughly 60 miles from Peach Springs. Peach Springs is about 50 miles northeast of Kingman along the I-40.

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Two New Falls replace Navajo Falls in Havasu Canyon April 5, 2010 6:12 pm by Ron Andrews - We hiked down into Havasu Canyon last week. You can see the travertine formations where Navajo Falls used to flow. You can also find other travertine formations where older waterfalls once flowed. This is a very dynamic place. A local news report claims there have been 14 significant flash floods in the past century. Each… ...Read More

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