"An Oasis at the Bottom of the Grand Canyon" Supai by windsorgirl
Supai Travel Guide: 32 reviews and 58 photos
Supai is a small village occupied by the Havasupai Indians. Havasupai translates to "People of the blue-green water" and one look at my photo will convince you that it is an appropriate name.
There are several beautiful waterfalls near the village but only few tourists make the effort to visit this corner of the Grand Canyon.
This was our third destination on our tour of the American Southwest. We flew into Las Vegas and spent our first two nights there before driving off in our rental, heading east to Arizona. We decided to spend the night at Peach Springs on the historic Route 66, since it was the closest accomodations to our departure point for Supai.
The only way to get to Supai is by a very expensive helicopter ride, or a very uncomfortable mule ride, or by walking the 8 miles from top of the Grand Canyon to the village. We chose the latter.
So after a relaxing soak in the hotel's hot tub and a good night's sleep, we set off from Peach Springs before dawn. We drove 8 miles east on Route 66 to Route 18. We followed this road north for 68 miles before reaching Hualapai Hilltop where you will find a parking area for those visiting Supai.
After parking the car, we set off for Supai just shortly after sunrise. We made it down in 4 hrs and after checking into our lodge, we hiked another 2 miles to Havasu Falls, and then one more mile to Mooney Falls. We also stopped in at Navajo Falls, but found it very overgrown with trees and difficult to get a good look at.
The next morning we were back on the trail before sunrise in order to make it back up the canyon before the heat of the day. It took us 4.5 hours to make it back up to our car. All in all, it was not too difficult a hike and we enjoyed fantastic views from the top, and felt dwarfed by the soaring orange cliffs while hiking along the bottom. If you enjoy hiking and love waterfalls, I would definitely recommend a visit to Supai.
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