Almost 10 years ago, we trekked from the Southern boundary of the Grand Canyon downwards up to Phantom Ranch in Arizona, by making a way through South Kaibab track. This particular trail is well maintained, and does provide great views of canyon, hiking in this region is quite easy if you are quite ready to trek a route of 9-10 miles continuously. You get accommodation at Phantom Ranch but avoid using the dormitory fashion rooms are they are not that comfortable. We really found it quite uneasy to sleep there and as a result we were out roaming in the nature and exploring the late night views of the place. We were astonished to see the huge assortment of bats.
The subsequent day we trekked back and reached the Bright Angel Trail, which we started by early morning 6 am, beginning a climb up to the hill which was approximately 9 miles long but to my surprise was quite interesting as well as enjoyable. The distance to reach the top from the base in the vertical direction is around 5000 to 6000 feet.
While traveling on the particular route 66, in the western edge, we later had a stopover at lake Havasu canyon. The Indian expression “Havasu” means blue-green colored water, whereas “pai” is the word which is usually used to refer people. As a result the Indians who are living in the region of Havasu Canyon are acknowledged as Havasupai. The village where they live is known as Supai and is located very close to one of the most attractive waterfalls all across the world. The hike in the downward direction up to the Havasu Canyon is approximately of 8 miles long as well as it is a little more than 3 miles to reach the waterfall once when you arrive at the village.
Here you will come across the pools which are blue-green colored and are formed due to the deposition of the calcium carbonate, made by the waterfalls. The deposition is bleached out from the layers of limestone that is found in the Colorado plateau. The calcium carbonate blends with the pool's vegetation which is grown at the base of the waterfall, which with passing time gets harden and thus form a substance which is rock-hard and identified as travertine. The base of the pools reflects the blue color of sky as well as the green color of the neighboring vegetation all across the water, which creates the attractive blue-green color.
The outstanding falls, tumbling into profound turquoise pools, appear similar to something from Shangri La or Hawaii. The travertine placed inside the coasts of water coats as well as pools lines along with weird, drip-castle stone formations. The travertine formations have been accumulated at the base are been there for many years, but now a huge amount of them have been washed out owing to the enormous damage that has been created due to floods, as a result destroying few of the ethereal panoramas pictured in various older photos even though the place is even today magical.
Around five hundred tribal members at present reside in Supai village, which is easily reached simply downwards the 8 miles lengthy Hualapai Trail, which slumps 3,000 feet. The calm as well as hush-hush Havasupai typically stay behind not together with the unassuming tourist's flow, which on the other hand plays an extremely important role in the economy of the tribal people.
Few places across the world are as spectacular as Havasu Canyon is, as the natural environment blends very well with the allure of local peoples to craft an exclusively outstanding backcountry jaunt. Residing at the place for many years in the past, inside this exotic region of the Canyon, the Havasupai Indians are contentedly cut off from the annoying sprint of the world located outside their heaven. In addition to the ambience of the houses of Havasupai, along with the Eden Garden as well as blue-green colored Havasu creek’s water and also the implausible waterfalls that are structured as the creek stumbles in the direction of the Colorado River.
The Havasu Baaja (the-people-of-the-blue-green-waters), or more commonly the Havasupai, are a Native American tribe that has called the Grand Canyon its home for at least the past 800 years. Located primarily in an area known as Cataract Canyon, this Yuman speaking population once laid claim to a land reservation in Arizona.