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Havasu Falls & Havasu Creek - Grand Canyon

The inviting blue-green waters of Havasu Creek, and the popular Havasu Falls, in the Grand Canyon create an eye-popping desert oasis between towering red canyon walls in this tributary of the Grand Canyon and the Colorado River.

The Havasupai (“people of the blue-green waters”) guard these waterfall gems in their remote canyon village, roughly 8 miles down from the trailhead on the rim. Getting to the trailhead itself is a feat given the vast distances between populated cities in the southwest. But the reward of Havasu Falls, Mooney Falls and Navajo Falls beckon many adventurers to pay the permit fees to the local natives, or to tour guides willing to get you there.

Rafting to Havasu Canyon

Rafting to Havasu Canyon

While many visit Havasu Falls lugging backpacks by dusty desert trail, we prefer the float-by-river approach! This means booking a rafting trip from Lee’s Ferry, Arizona and rafting several days on the Colorado River, towards the mouth of Havasu Canyon. The ten miles of Havasu Creek, from the Colorado River up, are some of the most jaw-droppingly gorgeous places on the planet - one reason we sit and play a while without making it all the way to the higher falls near the village. While the lower pools and falls of Havasu Creek are less well known, they are every bit the paradise in the desert.

Grand Canyon Beyond Havasu

Grand Canyon Beyond Havasu

Approaching Havasu Creek by raft, from the Colorado River, is perhaps more rewarding than a hike in from the rim. After all, there is a whole Grand Canyon to explore - more waterfalls like Elves Chasm, Vasey’s Paradise or spectacular Deer Creek Falls - all easily accessible by river. (see photos below). Enjoy world class whitewater rafting, the bragging rights that come with it, expert guides, and delectible food for every riverside meal, all in the awe-inspiring grandeur of the one-and-only Grand Canyon. Top off your vacation with a day at Havasu Creek, the notorious Lava Falls, and a thrilling Helicopter ride out of the canyon.

The Grand Canyon 6 or 7 Day Trip

The Grand Canyon, from Mile 0 at Lee’s Ferry to Mile 188 at Whitmore Wash is arguably one of the planet’s most scenic and surprising places on earth. Continue reading the itinerary outlined below to gain an understanding of all the wonders hidden within the 188 miles of the Colorado River through Grand Canyon both upstream and downstream of the confluence with Havasu Canyon.

Camp relaxation

DAYS 1 & 2» »

Meet your crew and rafts at 7:30 AM at Marble Canyon, Arizona, a dramatic launch point on the Colorado River (options for travel and accommodations described on next page). After a short ride to the river’s edge you’ll load your duffle into a dry bag, listen to a brief orientation from your guides and set off begin rafting the Grand Canyon. Drift lazily, relax, and then savor lunch on a white sand beach. Mighty House Rock Rapid and the Roaring 20’s set the pace for the next five days. Visit Vasey’s Paradise, a spectacular cascade of water that supports a lush hanging garden, and Redwall Cavern, a vast chamber carved by the river. Hike breathtaking side canyons or visit ancient Anasazi granaries.

DAYS 3 & 4 » »

After a leisurely swim in the warm, turquoise waters of the Little Colorado River, you’re on your way to Hance, Horn, Granite, Hermit and Crystal…all rapids respected for their huge waves. Western’s knowledgeable guides lead short hikes to hidden Elves Chasm and to pounding Deer Creek Falls.

DAY 5 » »

Spend some time exploring the azure green waters of renowned Havasu Canyon where countless tranquil pools beckon you to find your own private piece of this water paradise or explore other possible side canyons and waterfalls throughout this section of the canyon. After dining on Western’s famous evening cuisine, capture the dazzling glow of the sun on the canyon’s towering walls before it slips into the horizon.

DAY 6/7» »

Vulcan’s Anvil, a volcanic cone mid-river, signals the approach of Lava Falls, the Colorado River’s most notorious rapid, making rafting the Grand Canyon truly memorable. By mid morning, you’ll meet your helicopter that will take you over the canyon rim to Bar Ten Ranch for a shower and lunch, before your return flight to Marble Canyon or Las Vegas.

Floating deep within Grand Canyon

7 DAY TRIP NOTE » »

Covering the same 188 miles of astounding Grand Canyon beauty as the 6-day Grand Canyon trip, our 7-day experience offers one more precious day on the river. You’ll take additional side hikes to waterfalls, hidden grottos, and American Indian ruins. Plus, you’ll have a little extra time to spend at renowned sites like Havasu Canyon.

More About 6 or 7 Day Grand Canyon Trip

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