Havasu Falls#6 in Best Things To Do in Grand Canyon
Lauded by travelers as one of the most beautiful sights in the Grand Canyon, Havasu Falls is a desert oasis, complete with crystal blue waterways and gushing falls that add an almost surreal quality to the dry canyon backdrop. The falls lie just south of the national park on the Havasupai Indian Reservation. To get there, you must hike about 10 miles, beginning at the Hualapai Hilltop. Facilities are scarce, with just a large parking area and a few portable toilets. For more facilities and services, you'll have to stop in Peach Springs, Arizona.
Don't try Havasu Falls if you don't plan on spending the night camping. The initial hike to the waterway is far too strenuous to complete in one day. Recent visitors said that despite the hassles of getting a permit and taking the long, arduous hike to the falls, the sheer beauty of the falls and the fun of swimming in them made it all worth it.
From the Grand Canyon Village to the Hualapai Hilltop, expect to drive four hours. Keep in mind that there is no day hiking allowed, so visitors must make reservations to enter the reservation and to hike the falls. Prices range from $140.56 to $201.67 per person for two to four days of camping. After you've visited the falls, stop by the village of Supai, where the Havasupai Indians sell souvenirs and snacks. However, be aware that because this community's economy depends on tourism, prices here are exceptionally high.
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#1 Grand Canyon Village
Grand Canyon Village is the most popular entryway into the park and, as such, often suffers from heavy crowds during the peak seasons in spring, summer and fall. But there's a reason the area is so appealing. It's home to Yavapai Point, one of the best places to view the canyon. If you don't like camping but want to stay within the park, you should consider looking for lodging here.
If you're staying elsewhere, anticipate spending at least half a day visiting the village's sights. Stop by the rustic Grand Canyon Railway Depot, which welcomes Grand Canyon Railway passengers to the village. Here, you'll learn about how the expansion of the railroad had an impact on Grand Canyon tourism. For authentic Native American souvenirs, head to the Hopi House, an adobe-style building representing a traditional Hopi crafts studio. Meanwhile, art aficionados should stop by the Kolb and Lookout studios for works of art inspired by the Grand Canyon.
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