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Beaver Falls is the largest concentration of cascades in Havasu Canyon, providing a great destination for a half to full day adventure while staying in Havasu Canyon (click here for the primary post with details on getting into the canyon and accommodations). There are a lot of great swimming holes in the vicinity of Beaver Falls and the hike down to it is an adventure unto itself. If you have the energy and adventure appetite after hiking in to Havasu Canyon, the classic excursion on the first full day in the canyon is to visit Mooney Falls and then continue downstream to Beaver Falls.


Starting from Mooney Falls, head downstream approximately 2.5 miles and you will find yourself at Beaver Falls. You can hike through Havasu Creek almost the entire way or there are dry trails that will largely keep you out of the creek the entire way (you’ll have to do at least a couple creek crossings). With your back to Mooney Falls, head towards the left and you will find the dry trails and bypass everyone who has likely been drawn astray by the beautiful cascades downstream of Mooney Falls (don’t worry…you’ll still get to see them later on your way back up!). The dry trails will get you to Beaver Falls quicker, so my preference is to head to Beaver Falls via the dry trails and get there ahead of the crowd, then you can head back upstream and take your time exploring in the cool water when the temperatures heat up later in the day.

Be sure to see the post on Mooney Falls in terms of timing and logistics of getting down from the campground elevation! You don’t want to get caught in ‘traffic’ down to Mooney Falls.

While it is possible to continue hiking beyond Beaver Falls all the way to the Colorado River, the trail is not as well traveled, is not as well maintained, and personally speaking, really does not provide a great payback for the energy and time exerted. That said, many say it is quite the experience to see the confluence of Havasu Creek and the mighty Colorado River. The choice is yours! If you do go all the way to the Colorado, plan on starting early and making it a full day adventure. Bring plenty of food and water along!

Please note the rating on this post assumes you are starting from the Havasu Canyon Campground and are already setup in the canyon.

Gear & Gadgets:

Bring your day pack along (see Day Trip Gear Guide), plenty of water and snacks, sunscreen for a second lathering after you’ve lounged in the pools of Beaver Falls, and any other items you might want to have on hand for your time down at Beaver Falls (if you are willing to take them the distance, a few ideas are over at my Havasu Falls post). I will typically wear closed toe Tevas so I can walk comfortably and safely down the canyon wall to Mooney Falls and also have the flexibility of walking comfortably in the water. If you don’t have something similar to the Tevas I linked to above, wear your hiking shoes/boots until you get down to Mooney Falls and for the dry trail portion of the journey, bringing along flip flops for when you want to get wet. Although you can (and I have) walked barefoot through the creek, it is not very comfortable and it takes MUCH longer to cover ground due to the rocks in the creek bed. Whichever route you go for footwear, make sure it has plenty of traction for the slick rocks in the creek and for areas surrounding the various waterfalls that are drenched in the mist.

Lush Segment of the Trail to Beaver Falls

Lush Segment of the Trail to Beaver Falls

Further Reading:

Leave No Trace Principles

Outdoors and Wilderness First Aid

Havasu Canyon Campground & Overall Logistics

Havasu Falls

Mooney Falls

Lower Navajo Falls

Upper Navajo Falls

About The Author

Jeremy Meek is a native Arizonan with a passion for adventure and discovery of unique experiences. Whether exploring Arizona or setting out on an adventure abroad, Jeremy is constantly scouting truly great adventures and experiences.

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