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Mooney Falls

Mooney Falls
Mooney Falls./ CEBImagery, Flickr / CC BY-NC 2.0

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Approximately 58 m tall waterfall in Havasu canyon. Around the falls are interesting tufa formations and below the falls have formed terraces.

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GPS coordinates
36.26316 N 112.70844 W
Location, address
North America, United States, Arizona, Coconino County, the fifth waterfall in Havasu Canyon (previous – Havasu Falls)
58 m
Less then 2 m3/s
Havasu Creek

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WorldYellow In detail

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:

  • Fifty Foot Falls
  • Little Navajo Falls
  • Navajo Falls
  • Havasu Falls
  • Mooney Falls
  • Beaver Falls
Mooney Falls sometime around 1900
Mooney Falls sometime around 1900. /
Grand Canyon National Park, Flickr / CC BY 2.0

There are also many smaller waterfalls in between these large falls.

Mooney Falls is the fifth waterfall in this sequence and the tallest one – 58 meters tall!

This is a very beautiful waterfall with a single plunge into an amazing, blue-green pool and reddish-brown cliffs around it. Cliffs are adorned with tufa and travertine formations. Also, the pool below the falls is framed by travertine terraces, making the scenery even more beautiful.

Smaller waterfalls in Havasu Canyon from time to time are changing due to powerful flash floods: some falls even disappear or emerge in a place where before was no waterfall.

Mooney Falls is a larger and more permanent waterfall. Nevertheless, flash floods have changed this waterfall as well. For example, in 1990 the travertine dams below the falls were eliminatedDescent to the foot of falls is not for the faint of heart – the trail goes down along a nearly vertical cliff with ropes and stairs, sometimes also through natural tunnels that have been expanded to make the descent easier.

Area below the Mooney Falls in the earlier times served as a burial ground for the Havasupai people.

The falls were named after D. W. “James” Mooney – a prospector who perished in 1882 while trying to descend to the base of the falls.

References

  1. Mooney Falls, World of Waterfalls. Accessed on December 11, 2022.
  2. 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 October 26, 2022.

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