Havasu Falls - October, 2006
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My friend Paul and I spent a long weekend camping
in the Grand Canyon recently. The first night was spent at the
Diamond Creek campground near Peach Springs, AZ and the second night
was spent near Havasu Falls:
There are actually four sets of waterfalls
between Havasu Springs and the Colorado River, including Navajo
Falls, Mooney Falls, and Beaver Falls. Amazingly, the river
you see above emerges from the ground near Supai Village at a rate
of around 29,000 gallons per minute from the Red Rock aquifer.
Here are some details of the trip, starting with
the flight plan:
Flight route - click for a
was to fly out to Kingman
Arizona on Saturday, October 7. ATC granted our request to
cut through the huge Edwards AFB restricted
area, which shortened the flight a bit. Unfortunately we
didn't find out that Kingman Airport was closed due to an airshow
until the morning of departure, and we weren't able to talk our way
in, so we diverted to Bullhead City instead.
We rented a car and drove to the
Diamond Creek campground in Peach Springs Canyon and camped
there overnight. Apparently, this is the only place in the Grand Canyon where you can
drive to the bottom of the canyon and right up to the Colorado River.
This part of the trip was on Hualapai Indian lands.
The next day, we drove to the
trailhead and took a helicopter to the village. The 8 minute
helicopter ride was just amazing. The other time I rode a
helicopter involved flying straight up to 10,500 feet, at which
point I jumped out. In this case, the helipad was at the top
of an 800-foot cliff on the Hualapai Canyon:
We lifted off and flew right over the edge of the cliff and skimmed
the base of the canyon all the way to the village. I was
fortunate enough to get the front seat, which had panoramic
Once there, we hiked the two miles to the
campground, set up camp and then went to explore the various falls.
The picture above is a shot of Mooney Falls.
We made our way to the base of the falls through a very treacherous
set of tunnels, stairs, and steel spike-and-chain handholds.
We hiked downstream for another 30 minutes or so before turning
The following day, we choppered out, drove back
to Bullhead City, and flew home with a dinner stop in Paso Robles..
Google Earth placemarks for a few points of
interest can be found here, or
Picture gallery here!