10 Family Camping Hotspots


Havasu Falls, Grand Canyon National Park, Ariz.

Nestled at the base of the Grand Canyon's steep red cliffs is the home of the Havasupai Indians. Their reservation sits along the national park's south end in northwest Arizona. It has a school, community store and peach trees that perfume the air each season when their blossoms pop open.

But this special place is known for something else: Havasu Falls, a magnificent waterfall. Swim in turquoise tiered pools during warm-weather months, take day hikes or explore the area's other nearby waterfalls. There's a rock outcropping behind Havasu Falls; you can swim up to the side of it, climb onto the ledge, and jump through the waterfall. This is an exhilarating experience for adults and kids alike. Go on foot, ride a burro or backpack in and send heavier gear on a donkey ahead of you. No backcountry camping is allowed; you must stay on the reservation campground for a fee.