Monday, May 31, 2010

Havasu Canyon

During the last week of May, Keith, Jay, Ralph, Harvey, Brandon and I spent 5 days in the Havasu Canyon area west of the Grand Canyon's South Rim. Havasu Canyon and its well known Havasu Fall is located within the Havasupai Indian Reservation 3,000 feet below the Hualapai Hilltop Trailhead at the rim. There were no services at the trailhead and the closest town is Peach Springs, 70 miles away. We backpacked down the 10-mile trail to the campground and spent 3 days exploring the waterfalls, sparkling blue-green pools, narrow canyons, and caves before returning to the trailhead. Although it was cold and windy at the rim when we started, the temperatures within the canyon were warm, perfect for camping and swimming. Besides the series of larger waterfalls, Havasu Canyon contains numerous cascading blue-green pools created by the natural travertine all along Havasu Creek. Travertine is a form of limestone and comes from the mineral springs that feed the creek. The unusual limestone formations can be seen in the pictures beside the falls and creeks. This is truly a unique place and one of my top ten natural wonders. Click on photo below to view a PICASA slideshow.

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