A quick Google image search of Havasu Falls will turn up thousands of stunningly beautiful results, each showing the cascading water from a different and unique perspective. It is surprising to many that these falls can be found in Arizona beneath the rim of the wide expanse of the Grand Canyon that boasts more than 5 million visitors each year. How could they go so unnoticed? Though these falls are within the geographic region of the Grand Canyon, they are outside of the boundaries of the National Park on the Havasupai Indian Reservation, and are very difficult to access (see below for how to get to Havasu falls).
Getting to Havasu Falls is difficult. It is impossible to drive to Havasu Falls but you must drive quite a ways from the nearest cities in order to reach the point where you begin the long and dusty hike into the canyon where the falls are located. Driving from Las Vegas to Havasupai takes about 3.5 hours in the car and from Phoenix to the same spot, where the hike to Havasu falls begins, is about 4 hours of driving. You will arrive at a place called Hualapai Hilltop on the rim of the Grand Canyon. From here, it is a difficult 10 mile (16 km) hike into Grand Canyon to reach Havasu Falls. The hike takes about 5 hours for most people to complete and a permit is required to enter the canyon. This part of Grand Canyon is not a part of the National Park. Havasu Falls is within a part of the Grand Canyon that belongs to the Havasupai Indian Tribe and the Havasupai Reservation. The tribe administers all permits. You can find more information about permits here.
The Havasupai Reservation is home to the Havasupai Tribe, a group of native peoples who have made their home throughout the canyon for over 800 years. They take their name from the distinct hue of the creek that runs through Havasu Canyon – the Havasupai, people of the blue-green waters. More than 500 tribal members still live in the canyon in the village of Supai, Arizona; a town only reachable by a dusty 8 mile (12 km) trail on foot or horse, or by helicopter.