Hike to Navajo Falls

Navajo Falls

Distance

1.2 Miles

Elevation Gain

500 Feet

Activities

Chillin, Camping, Photography, Swimming, Backpacking, Hiking

Skill

Beginner

Season

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Type

Out-and-Back

Added by

Jeremy Meek

River
Scenic
Waterfall
Cliff Jumping
Swimming Hole

Grand series of cascades and waterfalls upstream of Havasu Falls! Refreshing pools of water are an idyllic place to chill.

Navajo Falls is a gem that resulted from the flash flood that tore through Havasu Canyon in August of 2008. Although this flash flood forever changed the landscape of the canyon, it created a fantastic spot for travelers to enjoy in the afternoon and evening when camping at Havasupai Campground. It is a relatively short hike from camp (just over 0.5 mile) and is a great cool down spot to explore if Havasu Falls is overcrowded. There are technically two distinct sets of falls – Upper Navajo Falls and Lower Navajo Falls – with a marvelous series of cascades connecting the two. Many people miss seeing Upper Navajo Falls because it is partially concealed from the main trail; make sure to do a bit of exploring so you can see this often-missed fifth waterfall of Havasu Canyon! 

To many people it will be tempting to cliff jump from both Upper and Lower Navajo Falls, but please remember that cliff jumping is against the Havasupai Tribe’s rules and can be very dangerous!

Upper Navajo Falls can easily be missed; it is tucked around the corner upstream of Lower Navajo Falls. Once spotting Lower Navajo Falls from the primary trail between Supai Village and the Havasupai Campground, you know you are close. There is an access road and series of well defined trails that start from the main trail and will lead you to both Upper and Lower Navajo Falls. People have been known to bring innertubes and other recreational flotation devices and ‘lounge’ in the very large pool that Upper Navajo Falls pours into, admiring the wondrous canyon walls and basking in the mist of the falls.

Be careful exploring the area and be sure to keep in mind the delicate system of travertine that is still slowly building up within the creek system; the ledges of ‘stone’ you see in the water are still developing and very fragile.

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Go Find the Secret Caves Under the Falls

There is a secret cave underneath the falls, if you swim up to the wall in the center and reach your arm under and are lucky, you'll discover the secret cave. SUPER COOL!!!

Less crowded falls

Since the falls here are smaller and it's further away from the campground you won't have as big a crowd as some other spots. The 20 ft cliff jump is fun but I recommend a guide to know where jumping is safe.

Distance

1.2 Miles

Elevation Gain

500 Feet

Activities

Chillin, Camping, Photography, Swimming, Backpacking, Hiking

Skill

Beginner

Season

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Type

Out-and-Back

Added by

Jeremy Meek

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