Mooney + Beaver Falls Hike from Supai

Grand Canyon National Park

Colorado River Grand Canyon, Arizona

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Mooney + Beaver Falls Hike from Supai

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  • A briefing at the Hualapai Hilltop Trailhead before the 9.5-mile hike down into the Grand Canyon.- Mooney + Beaver Falls Hike from Supai
  • Sharing the trail with the pack horses run by the Havasupai Tribal members.- Mooney + Beaver Falls Hike from Supai
  • The confluence of Hualapai Canyon and Havasu Canyon.- Mooney + Beaver Falls Hike from Supai
  • The area known as The Narrows.- Mooney + Beaver Falls Hike from Supai
  • The trail continues along Havasu Creek.- Mooney + Beaver Falls Hike from Supai
  • Little Navajo Falls is 1.5 miles from the village of Supai.- Mooney + Beaver Falls Hike from Supai
  • Cliff jumping at Little Navajo Falls.- Mooney + Beaver Falls Hike from Supai
  • Havasu Falls from the overlook on the trail.- Mooney + Beaver Falls Hike from Supai
  • Tents along Havasu Creek.- Mooney + Beaver Falls Hike from Supai
  • Havasu Falls is just a short walk from the campsite.- Mooney + Beaver Falls Hike from Supai
  • Reminder to have 3 points of contact at all times on the descent.- Mooney + Beaver Falls Hike from Supai
  • Descending toward Mooney Falls.- Mooney + Beaver Falls Hike from Supai
  • Mooney Falls in the background, signs marked "descend at your own risk."- Mooney + Beaver Falls Hike from Supai
  • Hiker entering one of two caves.- Mooney + Beaver Falls Hike from Supai
  • A view of Mooney Falls after emerging from the caves.- Mooney + Beaver Falls Hike from Supai
  • Hikers making the descent.- Mooney + Beaver Falls Hike from Supai
  • Mooney Falls at ground level after descending down the canyon walls using ropes and chains.- Mooney + Beaver Falls Hike from Supai
  • The hike to Beaver Falls is about 3 miles from Mooney Falls.- Mooney + Beaver Falls Hike from Supai
  • Hikers wading in the creek after leaving Mooney Falls.- Mooney + Beaver Falls Hike from Supai
  • The beautiful Havasu Creek water is 70 degrees year-round.- Mooney + Beaver Falls Hike from Supai
  • The trail to Beaver Falls leads through fields of wild grapes.- Mooney + Beaver Falls Hike from Supai
  • There are foot bridges along the trail.- Mooney + Beaver Falls Hike from Supai
  • The rocks can be slippery along the creek.- Mooney + Beaver Falls Hike from Supai
  • Iconic footbridge.- Mooney + Beaver Falls Hike from Supai
  • The hike to Beaver falls is 3 miles from the Havasupai Campground.- Mooney + Beaver Falls Hike from Supai
  • A footbridge along the canyon wall leads to Beaver Falls.- Mooney + Beaver Falls Hike from Supai
  • Havasu and Mooney Falls are spectacular because of their height, while Beaver Falls has beautiful cascading blue green travertine pools that provide a refreshing place to cool off after the 3 mile hike from Mooney Falls.- Mooney + Beaver Falls Hike from Supai
  • A hiker prepares to jump into the cool waters below. - Mooney + Beaver Falls Hike from Supai
  • Cascading water at the confluence of Beaver and Havasu canyons.- Mooney + Beaver Falls Hike from Supai
  • Beaver Falls above the confluence with the Colorado River.- Mooney + Beaver Falls Hike from Supai
  • Beaver Falls.- Mooney + Beaver Falls Hike from Supai
  • The hike to Beaver Falls from the campground is a 3-mile out and back...so the trail leads back through Havasu Creek.- Mooney + Beaver Falls Hike from Supai
  • The hike back to Mooney Falls leads back across the footbridges.- Mooney + Beaver Falls Hike from Supai
  • The trail heads back through the wild grape fields.- Mooney + Beaver Falls Hike from Supai
  • Beautiful blue green water of the creek.- Mooney + Beaver Falls Hike from Supai
  • Mooney Falls comes into view.- Mooney + Beaver Falls Hike from Supai
  • A hiker ascends the ladder.- Mooney + Beaver Falls Hike from Supai
  • After climbing with footholds, chains, and rock ledges, Mooney Falls is visible from the landing.- Mooney + Beaver Falls Hike from Supai
  • Havasu Falls provides a refreshing place to cool off after returning from Mooney Falls.- Mooney + Beaver Falls Hike from Supai
  • The hike to the village of Supai through The Narrows, along the washes, and through the switchbacks takes about 4 to 5 hours.- Mooney + Beaver Falls Hike from Supai
  • A view of the trail looking back from the switchbacks.- Mooney + Beaver Falls Hike from Supai
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Remarkable geology. Exceptional views. Refreshing swimming holes. Beautiful flora and fauna. Four beautiful waterfalls.
Cons: 
Long hike. Heat and monsoon hazards. Steep hike out.
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Region:
Colorado River Grand Canyon, AZ
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
No
Net Elevation Gain: 
-1,600.00 ft (-487.68 m)
Parking Pass: 
Entrance Fee Permit
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Fall
Suitable for: 
Hiking
Horseback
Total Distance: 
9.00 mi (14.48 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
3,200.00 ft (975.36 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Once you have made the fabulous hike to the iconic Havasu Falls in Grand Canyon National Park and set up camp at Havasupai Campground, several possible adventures await. The hike to Mooney Falls and Beaver Falls should be high up on the list of any visitor to this section of the Grand Canyon.

The hike to Mooney Falls is a half-mile from the campground. Following a well-marked path with several signs, the trail enters a short tunnel that is thought to have been a natural cave at one time. The tunnel emerges onto a ledge with a nice view of Mooney Falls, which plunges down more than 190 feet. It is the tallest of the Havasupai Waterfalls. The trail then enters a second tunnel. After coming out of that tunnel, the descent to the base of Mooney Falls continues over a series of rock precipices with the help of chains and ladders that are fixed to the canyon wall. Extreme caution should be used on this portion of the hike as mist from the waterfall makes for slippery conditions.

The trail to Beaver Falls is 3 miles long and begins at the base of Mooney Falls. This portion of the hike follows Havasu Creek downstream, requiring hikers to wade in knee-deep water through at least four creek crossings (water hiking shoes are highly recommended). There are also several footbridges. Part of the trail follows a dirt path along the creek, and another section is a beautiful trek through fields of wild grapes with stunning views of the massive Grand Canyon walls. After emerging from the fields there will be more footbridges, maneuvering over rocks, and more wading as you continue downstream before eventually reaching Beaver Falls. There are picnic tables at Beaver Falls. Beyond Beaver Falls, it is possible to hike to the confluence of the Colorado River and Havasu Creek.

This adventure was booked with Arizona Outback Adventures, but adventurers who elect explore the Havasupai area on their own should make advanced reservations for camping or lodging. Call 928.448.2121 for entry permits or camping reservations, or find more information online here.

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