Last weekend (Fri. through Sun.) friends and family took a stroll down to Supai Village at the western end of the Grand Canyon. This was actually no easy walk—22 fairly demanding miles in 48 hours—, but the hike was a delight in itself and the destination was unforgettable. Such a stunning corner of the planet!
Having our gear ferried down the canyon by copter was an uncommon luxury—we needed only carry water, snacks and cameras on the hikes in and out. Many, of course, carry everything, though some ship their gear via pack horse, a less-costly alternative that also supplies the village with many of its needed goods.
The hike took us through miles of incomparable beauty, first dropping off a steep cliff and then winding through canyons and washes, and finally over Supai Creek and into the village.
The camp setup was pretty cush. Raised our tents on a shaded lawn behind a store and cafe. Easy access to water and cold drinks, coffee waiting in the morning. More like hotel-camping, and it worked for me. All thanks to the generosity of our hosts, the Yaiva family.
The series of waterfalls that grace the canyon, including Havasu Falls above and Little Navajo Falls (first image in this blog), are of course the big draw. But there’s abundant beauty large and small pretty much everywhere you look.
The climb to (and from) Mooney Falls requires scaling a sheer cliff to the base of the fall, which plunges 190 feet over the rim and into a lush pool. The path comprises a series of ledges, caves and ladders, with heavy chains dangling along the way for support. Definitely got some hearts racing and added a welcome touch of adventure.
Our two brief nights in camp were soul-cleansing. Great company, fine music, local stories, including one about a freaky Lizard Man who roams the area. The moon was nearly full—we hiked out one night before the recent Ichorous Moon (“blood moon” in common terminology)—illuminating the massive cliff that towers over Supai Creek. The cliff is home to the King and Queen, twin spires that local legend says must continue standing to ensure the existence of the community.
You should go.