Beaver Falls is the fourth and last waterfall, as you follow the Havasu Creek down from Supai village along the spectacular Havasu Falls Trail. These series of cascades, while not as high as the other waterfalls, are no less stunning. The creek tumbles over a number of travertine ledges, below each of which is a turquoise pool that contrasts with the red cliffs towering above.
Beaver Falls is another of the Havasu Creek waterfalls that was altered by one of the many flash floods in the Havasu Canyon. Originally more impressive, with a height of about 15m (fifty feet) in one drop, the waterfall was destroyed by a flood in January 1910 leaving the current series of ledges. It’s the last waterfall along the trail from Supau, which continues along Havasu Creek to the Colorado River.
Getting to Mooney Falls in the Havasu Canyon
The hiking trail into Havasu Canyon starts from Hualapai Hilltop, which is a 4.5 hour drive (420km / 260 miles) from Phoenix in Arizona or 4 hours (365km / 225 miles) from Las Vegas in Nevada (the closest major airports).
Beaver Falls is the fourth waterfall along the trail from Supai Village as you descend Havasu Creek towards the Colorado River. It’s about a 12.3km hike from Hualapai Hilltop to Supai, and then about 8.5km further to reach Beaver Falls. The track between Mooney Falls and Beaver Falls is fairly rough, and involves multiple crossings of the creek and some sections with ladders. You also need to descend to the base of Mooney Falls, which is a steep climb with ladders and chains.
The official “hiking season” is February to November, and during summer (June to August) the trail is subject to close due to flooding and extreme heat. A pre-purchased permit is essential.