Havasu Creek was a busy place compared to our previous stop at Matkatamiba.
We tied up downstream a ways and later the crowd cleared out.
Havasu creek is well-known for its blue-green color…
…and travertine formations due to large amounts of calcium carbonate in the water.
People of the blue-green water, the Havasupai have called Grand Canyon home for about 800 years.
The Havasupai people still live in the canyon, farming on a flood plain about 8.5 miles from the Colorado River in Cataract Canyon. Yet tourism is the primary source of revenue for the tribe.
We had the lower pools to ourselves and thoroughly enjoyed the 70 degree water after the 50 degree Colorado River.
Several miles upstream magnificent waterfalls can be seen. I hiked down to Havasu Falls with a fellow Ranger in April 2010.
But this day, we returned to the river, and counting sheep along the way.