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.