Beaver Falls on Havasu Creek in the Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA
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Turquoise turbulence. The turquoise pools of Beaver Falls
The stunning travertine steps of Beaver Falls are the last in a series of five waterfalls along Havasu Creek, near the bottom of the Grand Canyon in Arizona, USA. The water gets its turquoise colour from calcium carbonate, which reflects the beautiful hue and creates an ever-changing tableau; the minerals are deposited, moved and redeposited to create new formations.
Getting to Beaver Falls is only for the adventurous - and the lucky. First, you need a permit for Havasupai campground, which typically sell out in a day. From there, it’s a four-mile strenuous hike over rugged terrain with frequent water crossings, narrow ledges and chains and ladders to assist when the trail gets especially precarious. But once there, there are pools for swimming, a natural waterslide and stunning red rock canyon views. It’s no wonder this region is sacred to the indigenous Havasupai people, whose name means 'people of the blue-green water'.