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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 in Havasu Canyon (click here for details on getting into the canyon and accommodations). It is a relatively short hike from camp 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! Also remember, to many it will be tempting to cliff jump from both Upper and Lower Navajo Falls, but remember that cliff jumping is against the Havasupai Tribe’s rules and can be 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 Havasu Canyon 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 intertubes 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.

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:

Depending on your length of stay at the falls, some of the items on my Day Trip Gear Guide¬†may be appropriate. For those looking for an extended stay and some recreation, recreational flotation devices might be in order! ūüėČ If going in the water, closed toe water shoes are recommended, as many of the rocks are ‘young’ and not yet well worn by the flowing water.¬†Even if wearing anti-slip footwear, be careful when navigating the wet areas below and around the falls; slipping is likely to occur even with the most abrasive of footwear!

Further Reading:

Leave No Trace Principles

Outdoors and Wilderness First Aid

Havasu Canyon Campground & Overall Logistics

Beaver Falls

Havasu Falls

Mooney Falls

Lower 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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