One of the most stunning waterfalls in the United States is also one of the hardest to visit, and for the last three years, tourists have been prohibited from visiting altogether. Havasu Falls is on the Havasupai Reservation near the Grand Canyon, and the tribe strictly controls access. Permits, which require an overnight visit, sell out quickly, and if you do snag one, you better be in good shape: It’s a 20-mile round-trip hike, with tough terrain and the hot Arizona sun to contend with during warmer months. 2023 marks the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic that visitors are welcomed back to the destination. The falls reopen Feb. 1 to current permit holders, and only travelers whose trips were affected by the pandemic closure are able to make reservations for 2023.
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