Navajo Falls: Named for Havasupai Chief Navajo, this is the first waterfall you will encounter about a mile and a quarter from the village, and less than half that distance to Havasu Falls and the campground. On the left side of the main trail a side trail cuts back down to the creek. Dropping 75 ft, several branches span across, spilling into spectacular travertine pools below. The entire area is covered in brush, so wading across is necessary to get the good views, and of course, to swim. Be sure to take the extra time to actually hike the few extra feet to the base of Navajo Falls. Most people never see the beautiful travertine formations and rich fauna of this hidden garden up close, and they are definitely missing out.
Havasu Falls: Another quarter mile from Navajo, a side trail on the right cuts down to the base of Havasu Falls. One of the most photographed waterfalls in the world, Havasu boasts an impressive 100 ft. drop. The falls are ever- changing due to their high mineral content of travertine, which is responsible for the breathtaking color of the water and countless pools at their bases.Currently there is one drop at Havasu, but in the past it has been split into two falls. There is ample room around the base for relaxing among the cottonwoods between dips.You can easily access a grassy area to the left of the falls by walking on the edge of the pools.
Mooney Falls: Twice as high as Havasu, Mooney was called Mother of the Falls by the Havasupai. Only a small percentage of visitors make it to the bottom of Mooney, named for a miner who fell from its wall while trying to rappel to the bottom of the falls. Past the campground, there is a viewing area from where you can descend down the trail. Before you reach the travertine cave you will see signs cautioning hikers to “Proceed with caution” and “Enter at your own risk.” When you emerge from the passage it is best to turn around and climb down ladder style.There is a series of hand grips and chains to aid your descent. The rock is very slick, so take your time and be careful! Once at the bottom, you are rewarded with stunning views of Mooney Falls, which is huge and has quite a large pool area at its base.
Beaver Falls: This is the last set of falls and it requires an adventurous trek. After Mooney, follow the trail to the left along Havasu Creek for two miles. The trail can be difficult to follow times, but just keep heading downstream. Along the way you will encounter countless pools and smaller falls. There is one swimming hole about a half mile down off to the right with a rope swing. Canyon walls extend to the sky as you walk through fields of wild grape vines. There is some ladder climbing and scrambling involved in this hike. At Beaver Falls, your only option is to jump down or turn back. If you jump down, your three mile hike will eventually lead you to the confluence of the Colorado River.
Check out a trip description to Havasu Falls For more Information on Havasu Canyon and its Waterfalls.