Americans have always been in love with outdoor recreation. Hiking, in particular, has incredible mental and physical benefits. It is a powerful cardio workout that boosts bone density, lowers the risk of heart diseases and improves blood pressure, according to an article by WebMD. So, there is no better way to start the new decade than going on a hiking expedition. The US is replete with parks and forest trails. However, Havasu Falls, located within the Havasupai Indian Reservation, promises a spectacular water-based experience.
The vibrant blue lake at the base is worth the 10-mile journey. Plus, the beauty of the Grand Canyon located nearby allures tourists from all across the world. If you are thinking of an adventurous start to the year, here’s what you must know about hiking at Havasu.
The Right Season
You can expect a mad rush between May and September, since this is the peak season. However, it is also the best time to visit the falls. You can see a single stream, which is vivid green and blue colored and is formed by calcium carbonate concentration, according to an article by US Local Guide. If you wish to go swimming, visit during July-August, since the temperature is perfect for water sports at this time. But in case you want to enjoy the cool breeze, February to April would be ideal.
The Hiking Trail
The national system of trails encourages citizens to maintain local environs within their communities and over 1 million volunteer hours have been spent in management alone, according to an article by the American Hiking Society. So, rest assured you are less likely to face complications along the way. However, be mindful of steep climbs and turns until your reach the first campground at Supai Village. Also, make sure to start off early to avoid sunburns.
How to Prepare for the Hike
It can take up to 4-7 hours to complete the hike, so carry sufficient liquids and snacks. Make sure to wear waterproof shoes, since there are plenty of waterfall crossings. Keep a trash bag handy for all the leftover food and packets. You should also pack camping equipment, microfiber towels, phone chargers, sun blocks and similar essentials. Drink plenty of fluids on the way to keep yourself hydrated and avoid feeling fatigued. Lastly, book your permits beforehand to avoid any last-minute hassle on the trip.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, tourism at the Arizona reservation was temporarily suspended. So, before planning a hiking session, do check online if normal activities have been restored.