Beaver Falls in Havasu Canyon
A group of tufa terraces in the deep Havasu Canyon forms Beaver Falls – the last fall in the sequence of five-six waterfalls. Similar to other falls, this waterfall offers a beautiful play of colors: the contrast of light blue water and red cliffs.
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More detailed description of the geological history of waterfalls in Havasu Canyon is provided in the article about Havasu Falls.
Between Supai village and the Colorado River in Havasu Canyon are five-six larger waterfalls and countless smaller travertine terraces. The main waterfalls (starting from Supai) are:
Beaver Falls is the last waterfall in the sequence of five-six wonderful falls that comes after a long, strenuous descent from the previous waterfall – Mooney Falls. Beaver Falls consists of a sequence of travertine barrages – falls. Unofficially it is divided into Upper Beaver Falls which includes two somewhat taller cascades and Lower Beaver Falls which consists of several smaller terraces.
Similar to other waterfalls in Havasu Canyon, Beaver Falls is affected by the flash floods in the narrow channel. The power of the water repeatedly has washed out the comparatively fragile barrages and the vegetation around the falls and it is even hard to recognize the waterfall in older images. At the beginning of the 20th century, the waterfall was approximately 15 m high. The waterfall was heavily eroded in January 1910 and then gradually grew up again.
- Theodore S. Melis, William M. Phillips, Robert H. Webb, and Donald J. Bills. When the Blue-Green Waters Turn Red. Historical Flooding in Havasu Creek, Arizona, U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY Water-Resources Investigations Report 96—4059. 1996. Accessed on January 4, 2023.
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