South of the middle part of Grand Canyon National Park's South Rim and away from the crowds, Havasu Canyon is the home of the Havasupai, a tribe that has lived in this isolated area for centuries. You'll discover why they are known as the "people of the blue-green waters" when you see the canyon's waterfalls. Accumulated travertine formations in some of the most popular pools were washed out in massive flooding decades ago and again in 2008 and 2010, but it's still a magical place.
The village of Supai, which currently has about 600 tribal residents, is accessed by the 8-mile-long Hualapai Trail, which drops 2,000 feet from the canyon rim to the tiny town.
To reach Havasu's waterfalls, you must hike downstream from the village of Supai. Both Havasu Falls and Mooney Falls are still flowing and as beautiful as ever, but the flooding in 2008 washed out well-known Navajo Falls completely. Pack adequate food and supplies. There is a café and a trading post in the village, but prices for food and sundries are more than double what they would be outside the reservation. The tribe does not allow alcohol, drugs, pets, or weapons. Reservations are necessary for camping or staying at the Havasupai Lodge.