May 2018 Visit

 

May 2018 Visit

by rdpecken on Oct.26, 2018, under Area

With about a 2-hour drive from our Ranch, there is a beautiful place to visit. The Havasupai Indian Reservation is north of Peach Springs. With a bit of hiking, you are immersed into a Sangri-La atmosphere of blue waters and 200 foot waterfalls.  It is well worth the trip, if you are up to it. The only way in and out is to hike 11 miles each way, or take a helicopter.

In early May, Tara, Jessica and I went up to hike to Havasu Falls. We spent 3 days hiking in, around and out of the area at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. It is an amazing trip, and was well worth the effort to get there.

 Ready to go down

On the way down, we followed along the bottom of Havasu Canyon. It is a beautiful walk.

Tara & Jessica

 
Shady Spot
 
Cottonwood Tree

 
At about 6 miles in, we came across Havasu Creek. Beautiful blue water.

Havasu Creek

We stayed in the lodge (hotel) at the bottom in the village of Supai. From there we hiked to the falls on Saturday and Sunday, then Jessica & I hiked out on Monday.

The first falls we visited were Lil’ Navajo Falls on Saturday afternoon after our hike down. They were pretty busy, but it was nice to cool our feet off after the long hike.

Lil' Navajo Falls 


Below Lil' Navajo Falls
 
 
Lil' Navajo Falls Selfie

We hiked back to the lodge and went to the little cafe to eat a Navajo Taco. Good stuff.

The next day, we hiked out to Mooney falls early in the morning. We beat most of the crowd there, and really enjoyed it. Jessica & I climbed down the ladders and steps to get to the bottom. Tara decided to wait about halfway down, as her foot was bothering her.

 

Mooney Falls
 
You have to climb through two short caves on the way down to the bottom of the falls.

Jessica in the Cave


 

Tara in the Cave
 
 
Then you have to climb down this rickety chain and wood ladder, sometimes swinging from one side to the other.
 
Climbing Down
 
Finally, you arrive at the bottom, where you can enjoy a swim to cool off. It was early morning, so we wern’t hot, but we enjoyed a swim anyway.
 
Jessica & Randy at the bottom of Mooney Falls
 
We hiked back toward the village, stopping at Havasu Falls on the way back.

This is another beautiful falls, a little busier, as it was closer to the village and later in the day. But we still enjoyed a longer swim there.

 

Havasu Falls

Havasu Falls 2


 

Tara at Havasu Falls
 
Pools at Bottom of Havasu Falls
 
 
 
Tara & Randy at Havasu Falls
 
Tara, Jessica & Randy at Havasu Falls
 
We hiked back to the lodge on Sunday afternoon and enjoyed another good dinner at the local cafe.

On Monday morning, we woke up and left for the trail back up at 4:00 am. We wanted to beat the heat from the sun glaring down on us on the way out.

Jessica & I arrived at the top of the canyon by 8:00 am.

Tara took the helicopter out because she had been fighting a painful problem with her foot for the past several months, and we thought the hike out might be too much strain.

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