Arizona

Come on a journey with me as I spend 4 days in Arizona. Our eyes were stimulated, and senses overloaded by nature’s overtly braggy display of beauty.

Heaven on earth?

Nah, but close to it. Our journey starts in the Havasupai Indian Reservation where we spent 2 nights camping. The catch? You have to hike 10 miles in.

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Okay, so 10 miles in isn’t that bad when you’re graced with stunning views like this.

But I have to say, I’ve never been so happy to see a sign.

According to someone who lives in the Havasupai Indian Reservation, 300 people are allowed entry into their campgrounds per night.

Once you hit town, a sense of relief hits you. I have some bad news for you though. You still have two more miles to go until you hit the campgrounds.

But then…

You make your way past the Burial Grounds and turn a corner of one of the surrounding canyon walls, and your ears pick up the roar from Havasu Falls. Within a few minutes.

BAM!

 

Commence obligatory photo taking session. A truly priceless moment that will forever be burned in my memory.

Ok… snap back to reality. Time to find a place to sleep.

All the amenities we need: Flat Ground. Check. Picnic Table. Check. Two trees strong enough to hold hammock. Check.

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Home.

 

Time to go take a look at Havasu Fall and see if it’s real…

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Havasupai means people of the blue-green waters. The spectacular waterfalls and isolated community within the Havasupai Indian Reservation attract thousands of visitors each year. The Havasupai are intimately connected to the water and the land. When you enter their land, be respectful, you are entering their home. (https://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/havasupai.htm)

To learn more about staying in this magical place, go here.

The water that drains from Havasu Falls. The water will continue it’s journey down additional waterfalls, just as stunning (if not more) than Havasu Fall.

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On day 2, I wanted to explore. Turns out there are other waterfalls. I only ended up making it to Mooney Falls.

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The hike to get here was gnarly.



 

 

Despite a full moon, I was still able to see the sky’s freckles.

The journey continues. We made the 10 mile hike back, and drove to Page, AZ. Not before stopping off at Horseshoe Bend.

The sunset was stunning…

After a night resetting in Page, the next day we toured Antelope Canyon.



 

Havasu Tips:

  • It’s dusty – bring something to cover your face
  • Fry Bread is to die for
  • Don’t settle on the first open camping spot you see – if you come with a group, have a person hold your spot while someone else checks out other spots. There’s a fantastic spot (see pic) right above Mooney Falls
  • Bring Cash
  • Bring Sunscreen
  • Minimum 2 nights. I’d recommend 3 nights.
  • Hike in the morning
  • Mule Pack

 

 

3 thoughts on “Arizona

  1. Beautiful pics, Nate! The video to Mooney Falls is insane – my claustrophobic self almost couldn’t watch the entire movie. Glad you were rewarded with a beautiful view at the end. Look forward to reading more of your travels!

    1. Thanks, Rae! We are planning to go back and hope to have others join us next time. Would love to have you come and join us. The reward is so worth it at the end.

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