With its endless rugged cliffs and deep red crevices, the Grand Canyon couldn’t be more awe-inspiring – that is until you discover its hidden jewel, Havasu Falls. Nestled in the tribal lands of the Havasupai Indian Reservation, this spring-borne waterfall plunges from a 30-metre-high cliff top into a natural amphitheatre.
Clear blue-green pools glow against the terracotta-stained rock, their luminous colour generated by naturally occurring calcium carbonate and magnesium. Rise early and hike there or, if you’re super keen, take a helicopter. However you get here, this is one gem you want to find.
The hike begins at Hualapai Hilltop Parking Lotand and you’ll need a car to get there. From the car park, follow the track roughly 16 kilometres to reach Havasupai Campground.
Multi-day camping trips to Havasu Falls are available from US$930.
Good fitness is needed, since the hike to the falls is long and tiring.
The Havasuw ‘Baaja, who live in the Grand Canyon, like to keep the area free of firearms, alcohol, weapons, pets and rubbish.