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Fiftyfoot Falls

Fiftyfoot Falls
Fiftyfoot Falls, Havasu Canyon. / Jeremy Stapleton, Flickr / CC BY 2.0

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The first large waterfall in Havasu Canyon is Fiftyfoot Fall. This picturesque waterfall is some 15 m high.

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GPS coordinates
36.2463 N 112.7004 W
Location, address
North America, United States, Arizona, Coconino County, Havasu Canyon, some 2 km downstream from Supai
Fifty Foot Falls, Supai Falls (earlier name)
Around 15 m
Havasu Creek

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Fiftyfeet Falls
Fiftyfeet Falls, Havasu Canyon. / Jordi Guzmán, Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0

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:

The Fiftyfoot Falls is a beautiful, somewhat lesser-known attraction. It falls into a large and deep pool – the sight of the unbelievably blue pool and the numerous veils of the waterfall is unforgettable.

Waterfall is adorned by travertine formations – a kind of stone icicles.

The powerful flash floods in Havasu Canyon have transformed Fiftyfoot Falls several times: falls were eroded in the late 1930ies (in fact, completely destroyed), then again in August 1955.

Frequently the Fiftyfoot Falls, Upper Navajo Falls (a smaller step in the stream between Fiftyfoot and Navajo Falls), and Navajo Falls are confused, the images of the falls often are misnamed.

Well, sooner or later next flash flood will come and change everything again. 🙂


  1. 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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