by Joe Dorish on 19/08/09 at 10:11 am
The most famous of Arizona’s waterfalls are all mostly located on the Havasupai Indian Reservation which is just west of the Grand Canyon along the Havasu Creek which is spring fed so the waterfalls do not dry up and loaded with minerals leading to a lovely blue-green hue in the water and pools below the falls. In 2008 the Havasu Creek area experienced massive flooding which has altered the landscape and waterfalls along the creek.
Arizona has some breathtakingly beautiful waterfalls and many waterfalls that only run when the rains come. The magnificent waterfalls along Havasu Creek near the Grand Canyon underwent dramatic changes in 2008.
According to the Supai Flood 2008 Damage Recovery Plan from August 15-17, 2008 heavy rains in the surrounding areas caused the Redlands Dam to be breached and the ensuing flooding altered Havasu Creek causing Navajo Falls to run dry and collapsing Fiftyfoot Falls. Over 30,000 people visit the area yearly to see the fantastic canyon waterfalls located on the Havasupai Indian Reservation and camping in the area produced over $2 million per year in annual revenue for the tribe. The news is not all bad as trails have been or are being rebuilt and according to News From Indian Country at least two new waterfalls were formed by the flooding and alteration of Havasu Creek’s water flow. So we will start with all the waterfalls affected by the flooding.
Havasu Falls drops some 100 breathtakingly beautiful feet along Havasu Creek in the Havasupai Indian Reservation which is located just west of Grand Canyon National Park in northwestern Arizona. You must pay the Havasupai Indians a fee to hike to or be guided to the falls. To reach the reservation area from I-40 take Route 66 from either Kingman in the west or Seligman in the east and continue until you reach Indian Road 18 which will take you to the reservation.
Mooney Falls drops some 200 spectacular feet along Havasu Creek about 1 mile beyond Havasu Falls. Mooney Falls is named for miner James Mooney who reportedly fell to his death at the falls in 1882 while trying to carry an injured friend up the steep slope to safety. Note the tavertine formations on the walls around the falls which are formed due to the heavy lime concentration in the water.