|My first view of Havasu Falls. Breathtaking.|
|Havasu Falls view from the beach near the campground entrance.|
|My site in the campground along Havasu Creek.|
Thankfully no one perished in the 2008 flood but, for those of us who spend time in the natural world, this event reminds us of things beyond our control—of the wonder and terror of water.
|New Havasu Falls. The flood collapsed a rock ledge|
at the top of the falls, channeling the water
into a single column.
(Photo from Wikipedia.)
|Old Navajo Falls. On our hike to the hilltop, the group stopped|
to cool off at Navajo Falls—a short side trip from the main trail.
(That's me, enjoying the blissfully frigid water.)
|New Navajo "Falls". As you can see, they no longer exist.|
The flood rearranged this part of the canyon,
diverting water from Navajo Falls and creating two new
|A permit is required for camping along Havasu Creek. The campground|
was destroyed in the 2008 flood but has been rebuilt.
With prior arrangement, mules—shown above—will carry most of your gear the 10
miles to the campground.
|Ready for the hike out of the canyon. One thing I learned on this|
long desert hike? This is not the time to break in new boots!
|Starting the hike back to the hilltop in the early|
evening. You can see the reflective patch
on my backpack (lower right).
We hiked out in the evening shade to avoid the
116 degree heat of the day.
|Mooney Falls, downstream from Havasu Falls|
and the campground. These falls appear much
as they did before the flood. However, the travertine
pools at the base of the falls are gone.