Havasu Falls Backpack: Carbonate Canyon Side Trip

Grand Canyon National Park

One of the best side trips, up Carbonate Canyon.

Hiking Moderate

6.6 km
203 m
203 m
1-2 hrs
Low Point
844 m
High Point
1 km
Havasu Falls Backpack: Carbonate Canyon Side Trip Map


Once you reach Havasu Falls, the fun has just begun. There are a few mini side trips that could be added either to the outbound or return trip. One is located right above Havasu Falls. The trail does not go far, but it presents unique views of the falls that you wouldn't get elsewhere. It is a surreal feeling to be standing right above the falls with the big drop-off below. Everyone at the falls will be wondering how you got there! Around Navajo Falls, there a few interesting areas to explore, too. Part of the allure of this entire area is the intricacies around all of the falls and within the canyon. There are just so many areas to explore! Those filled with curiosity will absolutely love this backpack.

The hike shown here up Carbonate Canyon is one of the best side trips.



Hiking along trails with some uneven terrain and small hills. Small rocks and roots may be present.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.


4 out of 4

In the high mountains or remote conditions, all individuals must be completely autonomous in every situation.

Best time to visit

January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December


  • Picturesque
  • Water features

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