Capturing Havasu Creek Grand Canyon Images in 24 Hours
With only a little more than 24 hours available near it, my challenge was to capture a few good images of the Havasu Creek. It was part of a 3 day, 2-night stay, where day one and day three were dominated by 10-mile hikes into and out of the Grand Canyon during a heat wave.
My opportunities to grab some good photos of the creek were tightly sandwiched between these two rigorous hikes, starting and ending at the “Hualapai Hilltop” location within the Havasupai Reservation.
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The dry and rocky terrain that we journeyed through at the beginning of our adventure gave us no hint that we’d first see water 8 miles into our journey near the Supai village.
Access to the bottom of the 200 ft. Mooney Falls is limited to the adventurous hiker as the hike down involves navigating a rock tunnel, ladders, and chains.
Fortunately, the trail closely follows the Havasu Creek with several small waterfalls within that relatively short section we hiked and camped. This 30-second exposure was taken at dusk after all of the swimmers had left the area.
Our first view of the roaring Havasupai Falls from the top revealed a 90-foot drop to a swimming hole followed by a series of peaceful splash pools.
After about 9 miles we were greeted with a scene that shows a glimpse of two worlds. The cloudy blue water of the Havasu Creek at the top of Navajo Falls contrasts with the magnificent background of rock, revealed to us by a combination of wind and water erosion over the last 6 million years.
There are countless spots along the creek that are perfect for a quiet and relaxing swim away from the main attraction of the waterfalls.