September 7, 2023
Arizona’s Grand Canyon National Park is famous for its staggering size, picturesque views, and excellent outdoor recreation. At nearly 277 miles long, 18 miles wide, and a gut-wrenching depth of over a mile, this breathtaking destination has been in the works for millions of years. The Grand Canyon may be best known for its breathtaking vistas, but there are dozens of hidden gems tucked inside of this enormous outdoor playground. Today we are going to focus on – you guessed it – waterfalls. What makes these hidden oases even more appealing is the fact that you have to work to discover them. Whether you’re hiking or rafting, the rewards more than make up for the effort. Here are 6 enchanting waterfalls in the Grand Canyon (and nearby Havasu Canyon) you need to add to your bucket list.
Nestled within Havasu Canyon near Supai Village, Havasu Falls has become more and more popular over the years. The hike to reach this beautiful spot is roughly 10 miles, but anyone who as been here will tell you it’s worth it. Reservations are required for all campers and hikers, so this adventure will take some planning!
Deer Creek Falls
Situated along the shores of the Colorado River, this 180-foot waterfall is best reached by a rafting trip through the canyon. If you’re feeling adventurous you can reach this remote area via backpacking. The hike to Deer Creek Falls is roughly 14 miles from the North Rim.
Lower Navajo Falls
You will find this beauty upstream from Havasu Falls. Created by the flood of 2008, both the Upper and Lower Navajo Falls are definitely worth a visit. This is a great spot to hang out and cool off in the water after exploring.
If you’re looking for a magical canyon oasis, Elves Chasm needs to be on your list. This otherworldly waterfall is hidden in a remote section of the park, if you are determined to see this stunning grotto, be sure you are prepared for the journey! Elves Chasm can be reached via backpacking the Royal Arch Loop. If a difficult hike isn’t your cup of tea, a rafting trip will also get you here.
A short hike from Havasu Falls, this exquisite waterfall should not be overlooked. Standing at an impressive 200-feet, Mooney Falls is a must-see if you tackle the long hike to Havasupai. If you long for a challenge, you’ve found it. The hike down to the base of the falls is not for the faint of heart as it quite steep and requires adventurers to navigate ladders and chains to descend through an old mining tunnel. Explore at your own risk!
Situated along the popular Rim to Rim hike, Ribbon Falls is the only waterfall in the park that can be accessed without a rafting trip or lengthy backpacking trip. If you’re hiking on a hot day, brace yourself and take a quick swim in the ice cold pool. And don’t forget to hike up and around this 100-foot beauty so you can stand behind it!
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