Havasu Falls Photography: The Color Blue

June 25, 2013  •  7 Comments


Wooden footbridge crossing blue waters, downstream of Havasu Falls, Arizona. River Crossing, Havasu Canyon, Arizona - Copy - Copy “Havasupai: People of the blue-green waters.”


In the aftermath of the devastating 2008 flood at Havasupai Falls, I am often asked what remains to be photographed in this remote side canyon of the Grand Canyon.  Friends and fellow photographers inquire, “What’s left of Havasu Falls? Is it still worth making the long hike (11 miles) to the falls?”  Having returned to Havasu Falls in 2011, I reply without hesitation:  Havasupai Falls remains one of the most enchanting and photogenic areas in the Southwest.

Challenge Editor’s Choice Award, ‘The Color Blue” Contest - Capture My Arizona, June 11, 2013, NIKON D300,f/16 @ 24 mm1/4ISO 200
Located in a side canyon of the Grand Canyon, Havasu Falls waterfall in Havasupai, Arizona. Havasu Falls 1, Arizona

Havasu Falls, D300,f/14 @ 22 mm0.3sISO 200

Havasu Falls pool, with glints of canyon wall reflections. Havasu Falls and Canyon Wall Reflections 2, Arizona


Yes, the flood destroyed much of Navajo Falls, also washing away parts of the blue-green travertine pools at Havasu Falls.  The trail of destruction is not for long, though, as powerful forces of nature rapidly bring fresh plant life and new areas of cascading water to the valley.   


Downstream from Navajo Falls are the newly formed Rock Falls,  a dramatic formation bordered by an enormous expanse of terraced falls.   Already, the travertine pools at Havasu Falls are partially restored, given the high concentrations of calcium carbonate mineral deposits in the spring waters. This process of rejuvenation is a sight to behold, attesting to the wondrous cycle of life.


Glints of canyon wall reflections in Havasu Falls pool,  NIKON D300,f/16 @ 70 mm1/40ISO 400


Near the newly formed Rock Falls, a terraced cascade of spring water. Havasupai Canyon, Arizona. Rock Falls in Havasu Canyon, Arizona (8) - Copy - Copy Beyond the “main attractions” of the waterfalls, the hike from Supai Village to Mooney Falls offers intimate photo opportunities:  Small gurgling brooks, weathered Cottonwood trees and a few wild flowers along the way.   We came across the rickety footbridge downstream of Havasu Falls, situated in quiet tree covered area. Here, a shallow creek converges with a larger stream, ultimately spilling into the Colorado River. 


Terraced cascade of spring waters near the newly formed Rock Falls, NIKON D300,f/16 @ 24 mm2.5sISO 200

Lush greenery at flood damaged Navajo Falls, Havasupai Canyon, Arizona. Navajo Falls, Havasu Canyon, Arizona (2)


Finally, the vivid blue color of the crystal clear spring water is beyond description – reason enough to return to this heavenly oasis.


Lush greenery at flood damaged Navajo Falls, NIKON D300,f/9 @ 70 mm0.3sISO 200


Related posts: Landscape Photography Podcast,   Whirlwind Photography Trek: Arizona & Utah – Part 2 Havasupai Falls,    Whirlwind Photography Trek: Arizona & Utah – Part 1,  Mountains in the Wake of Gladiator Fire


Marcus W. Reinkensmeyer



Steven holding(non-registered)
Ive cammped 5days total. It was nothing short of "AMAZING "! I was into hiking then! About26yrs. Ago. Brfore the BIG FLOOD. The hike in, and out was worth it. One for the bucket list. DONE!!! You would never knoww your in AZ,
I was browsing for the havasu pics and came across this site. Wonderful pictures!
If I may ask, which month of 2011 did you travel in?
Marcus W. Reinkensmeyer
Kenneth and Denise: Thanks you so much for your thoughtful comments. M
Marcus W. Reinkensmeyer
Mom: You've always been been such a strong supporter. Many thanks. M
Kenneth Lane Smith(non-registered)
A tip of the hat to you sir -- well done indeed!
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