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Dec 19, 2010

Havasu Falls, Arizona

The Havasu 'Baaja (in-person-of-the-blue-green water), or more commonly the Havasupai, the American Indian tribe called Grand Canyon home for at least the last 800 years. Located primarily in the area known as Cataract Canyon, Yuman-speaking population to claim that the reservation of land the size of Delaware. In 1882, however, by the federal government forced the tribe to abandon all but 518 hectares of land. The Havasupai witnessed a rush silver and Santa Fe Railroad applies destroy what fertile soil. In addition, the commencement of the Grand Canyon as a National Park in 1919 to encourage Havasupai to the brink, as they consistently land a legitimate entry and misused by the National Park Service. Over the next century, the tribe that used the United States justice system to fight for restoration of land taken from them. In 1975, after years without progress, the tribe managed to get back to 251 000 hectares of land of their ancestors with the passage of the bill the Congress S. 1296.In addition to those on Capitol Hill battle, Havasupai famous for areas where they are. As a means to survive and flourish in the modern economy has changed the land tribe, consisting of brightly colored water and a stunning waterfall, into a bustling tourist center attracting thousands of people each year.

Havasu Falls is the second waterfall at the canyon. It is situated on 36 ° 15'18 "N 112 ° 41'52" W / 36.255 ° N 112.69778 ° W / 36.255, -112.69778 (from Supai 1 ½ miles) and is accessible from the trail on the right side (side left when heading upstream) from the main line. Side trail leads to a small plateau and drops into the main pool. Havasu is arguably the most famous and most visited of all the falls, and waterfall is considered one of the most photographed in the world. Falling consists of one main funnel which drops over the cliff (37 m) 120 feet vertical (because of the high mineral content of water, falling ever-changing and at times entered into two separate chutes of water) to a large swimming pool.
Fall is known for their natural pond, created by mineralization, even though most of this pool is broken and the / or destroyed in the early 1990s by the great flood that washed through the area. A small manmade dams built to help restore the pool and to preserve what is left. There's a lot of picnic tables across the river and very easy to cross by following the edge of the pond. It is possible to swim behind the falls and insert a small stone shelter behind.
Very interesting to note that the fall is called "Bridal Veil Falls" before the flood of 1910 as they fall from the whole width of the travertine cliff now dry north and south now falling.


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