When you think of Arizona normally you would relate it to the Grand Canyon because it is so widely known. Well did you know there is a secret tribal reservation inside of the Grand Canyon? It is called Havasupai Falls.
The Havasupai tribe have lived inside of the canyon for over 800 years. Havasupai stands for the people of blue-green waters and they are very strict about their land.
They have protected their sacred reservation and kept it alive for many years. The beautiful, vivid waterfall is about 100 feet tall. The small pools it falls into are completely breathtaking and you can swim in them all day.
The water has the blue-green color from a large amount of calcium carbonate that remains in it. The reflection of the sun that comes off the waters will make it seem like you are in swimming in magic.
This scene is worth the 10-mile hike it takes to get there. Yes, you read that right, it takes 10-miles and about 4-7 hours of hiking southwest to get to this secret place.
Not to mention it is an overnight backpacking trip as they do not allow any single day voyages. You are required to spend at least 3 nights so the guides aren’t walking back and forth every day.
The guides will meet the group assigned at a designated location. From there they will take you through the bottom of the Grand Canyon walking towards the southwest corner to begin the long voyage.
Due to the popularity of their beautiful land, they had to limit the amount of tourist that wanted to come and see their magical land and waters. They limited the capacity of 350 people per night.
To see the reservation, you have to buy the tickets online. They’re about $100-$125 a night depending on which day you decide to go.
They sell out fast! Tickets are usually purchased almost a year in advance. They also include a questionnaire before you make the purchase. They advise you that if you have never been backpacking before, this is not a good first-time experience. They ask you where have you been backpacking before, what experience you have, and what campsites you have been to previously.
They make sure this isn’t your first rodeo and that you are up for the long challenge it takes to get there.
But don’t sweat it, if you have never been backpacking before than you have about a whole year before you go on your trip to find out the “do’s and don’ts”.
So get out there and go see this secret magical waters!