Old Navajo Falls
The old Navajo Falls is dry. Gone for now, but maybe not forever. What changed it was a major flood in 2008 that changed the course of Havasu Creek. What used to be a fantastic swimming hole and a secluded photo spot, Navajo Falls was the first major waterfall on Havasu Creek. Overgrown with lush vegitation, one of its best features was a hidden grotto where its walls trickled with water and a spring flowed from below with slightly warmer water.
Now just dry rock and sand remain where Navajo Falls tumbled 75 feet into a refreshing pool. What it lacked in spectacular display was made up for in intimacty. Not as popular as the two larger waterfalls, Navajo Falls provided good swimming and solitude.
Maybe a future flood will direct the water's course back here again.
This is an excerpt from a post by a student who traveled here in 2008, just before the flood:
"I described it as "a little slice of amazon dropped in the middle of a barren canyon. It is surrounded by jungle-like trees and plants and can be climbed. My class climbed up the falls and through the travertine pools. There are many falls and ponds up there in the forest. At the top, there is a wide cave-like rock structure that is covered in ferns and mosses that was a perfect photo-op. there is water falling from over the top and it is nice to sit on the other side where it's dry.
"What was amazing is when we got to the edge of the top of the main falls and looked out, we were surrounded by a thriving forest, covered by water, but we looked beyond and saw the canyon wall ahead of us, just rocks, dust and sand. The two sound like they could never go together, that is why it was amazing."
- Deveaux, Los Angeles
The structure of the falls remains intact and dry, as the channel has changed course and water no longer flows here.