The falls are part of the Grand Canyon, but not part of the national park as the land is owned by the Supai Tribe, who manage the tourism associated with the waterfalls. There are only three ways to get to the falls: hiking, helicopter, or horses.
We chose to hike the 10 miles down and 10 miles back, spending a day in-between exploring the falls and swimming.
Organized by Arizona Outback Adventures, the trip included the transport from Scottsdale, AZ, a 5- hour drive to the trailhead, all meals, tents, and camping supplies. We brought our own sleeping bags and daypacks and opted to pay a bit more to have our bags carried in by the mules.
It’s the best of both worlds. The splendor of the Grand Canyon: breathtaking panoramas illuminated by brilliant sun, crisp air and starry nights; and the magic of the falls: blue-green water, thunderous sounds of the river providing a natural symphony, and deep pools for swimming and jumping.
I haven’t backpacked or camped in many years and while I didn’t carry a heavy pack, I stuffed my daypack with all sorts of anti-inflammatory pills, moleskin for blisters, and a whole roll of toilet paper. I wanted to be prepared.
What I loved – aside from the incredible scenery- was talking to the various people hiking and camping. The site attracts people of all ages from all over. And I loved being off the grid. No phone service. No electricity. Just for a few days.