Havasu Falls

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Coordinates: 36°15′18″N 112°41′52″W / 36.25500°N 112.69778°W / 36.25500; -112.69778

Havasu Falls

Havasu Falls (Havasupai: Havasuw Hagjahgeevma[1]) is a waterfall of Havasu Creek, located in the Grand Canyon, Arizona, United States. It is within Havasupai tribal lands.

Geography[edit]

Havasu Falls prior to 1910 (aka Bridal Veil Falls)

Havasu Falls is located 1½ miles (2.4 km) from Supai. It is the more famous and most visited of the various falls along Havasu Creek. It consists of one main chute that drops over a 90-foot (27 m) to 100-foot (30 m) vertical cliff into a series of plunge pools. High calcium carbonate concentration in the water creates the vivid blue-green color and forms the natural travertine dams that occur in various places near the falls.[2][3]

Due to the effects of flash floods, the appearance of Havasu Falls and its plunge pools has changed many times.[3] Prior to the flood of 1910, water flowed in a near continuous sheet, and was known as Bridal Veil Falls.[4] The notch through which water flows first appeared in 1910, and has changed several times since. Water currently flows as one stream. In the past, there were sometimes multiple streams, or a continuous flow over the edge.[5]

Recreation[edit]

There are many picnic tables on the opposite side of the creek, and it is easy to cross over by following the edges of the pools. It is possible to swim behind the falls and enter a small rock shelter behind it. However, drownings have occurred.[6]

Campground[edit]

Havasu Creek Campground.jpg

A campground is located nearby. Visitors are required to reserve permits prior to their travel to the Havasupai Indian Reservation.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hinton, Leanne (1984). A dictionary of the Havasupai language. 
  2. ^ Havasu-falls.com/
  3. ^ a b World-of-waterfalls.com: Havasu Falls
  4. ^ Gerke and Hirt. "Havasu Canyon Trail". Arizona State University. Retrieved 30 April 2016. 
  5. ^ Melis, Phillips, Webb and Bills (1996). "When the Blue-Green Waters Turn Red: Historical Flooding in Havasu Creek, Arizona" (PDF). U.S. Geological Survey. pp. 40, 41, 44–53. Retrieved 30 April 2016. 
  6. ^ Ghiglieri and Myers (2002). Over The Edge: Death in Grand Canyon. Puma Press. p. 293.