One of the most alluring factors Arizona
has to offer is its beautiful mountainous terrain. The
year long temperatures attract many folks who enjoy
outdoor activities. Camping and backpacking
are very popular activities in Arizona. The
height of backpacking expeditions is of course the Grand
Canyon, which brings thousands of camper, backpackers,
and sightseers each year.
If you get the chance to explore
Havasupie Falls, we strongly recommend that
you do. Havasupie Indian Reservation is a segment of
the Grand Canyon. This region is the only land in America
that has always been controlled by its Native American
habitants. It wasn't until the 1950's that the Native
American's actually permitted a "white eye"
entry to the region. It's no wonder why the Indian's
fought so strongly to remain in Havasupie. This area
is perhaps the most spectacular wonderland on the planet.
Havasupie means "people of the blue-green water".
We'll explain why later. In recent years, the Havaupie
Indians have opened the area us to tourist. Tourists
visit the falls on horseback, helicopter, or by
backpacking. Backpacking takes a good 6 hours.
We suggest renting a mule to carry some of your supplies.
Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and pack light. Many
backpackers make the trip over night do to the cooler
temperatures. Once you make onto the Canyon's floor,
temperatures are much warmer. The first waterfall that
you see will knock your socks off and you'll forget
about the long hard hours you spend hiking. The water
is blue-green in color do to the minerals in the water.
Make your reservations early. The Indians only allows
so many visitors at a time. Open camp fires are not
permitted. Therefore, you will need to pack a small
propane grill for boiling water.
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