Havasu Falls, Arizona – A One Of A Kind Adventure

 Havasu Falls – An Adventure Like No Other

What is Havasu Falls and why does everyone want to go?

Havasu Falls is a stunning beautiful waterfall that is located deep in the Grand Canyon. It is a part of the canyon that is owned and managed by the Havasupai Indian Reservation.

In order to visit Havasu Falls, you are required to obtain a permit from the tribe. Permits go on sale on February 1st of every year and the permits for the year generally sell out within the first 2 weeks.

Located on the Southwest corner of The Grand Canyon

 

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Where is Havasu Falls?

Havasu Falls is located in the Havasu Canyon in Northern Arizona, on the west end of the Grand Canyon National Park. While it is in a canyon that feeds into the Grand Canyon, it’s not actually in Grand Canyon National Park. Havasu Canyon and Havasu Falls are part of the Havasupai Indian Reservation and are managed by the Havasupai Tribe.

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Havasu Falls is incredibly famous. Most people have heard that it is in the bottom of the Grand Canyon in Arizona, but don’t know much more about it. Many people want to visit the waterfalls every year and don’t know where to start planning their trip.
Start here. This is a basic outline of everything you need to know to see Havasu Falls.
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You must stay overnight at Havasu Falls

The Havasupai Tribe require that all visitors stay overnight in the canyon and as of 2019 they are requiring a minimum stay of 3 nights on each reservation. This is for your own safety due to the nature of the challenging 10 mile hike each direction.

If you have small children or have issues with hiking there is a helicopter service available for $85 each way to the falls. the short flights are first come first , there are no reservations needed.

 Helicopter service only operates on Thursday, Friday, Sunday and Monday.

 

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It is easy to spend 3 or more nights at Havasu Falls and exploring Havasu Canyon. There is a lot to see and do in the canyon. If you visit for only one night you will not have the chance to see much. You will take most of the day hiking to the waterfalls and will be too tired to explore when you arrive, then the next day you will have to leave.

How physically fit do I need to be to do the hike?

That’s a tough question. I consider myself to be in reasonably good physical condition and I found the trek back to the car to be incredibly challenging, especially since the hardest part is at the very end. If you’ve never walked 10 miles at one time in your entire life, this might not be the best time to try. But if you hike or bike or run fairly regularly, you should be totally fine.

No, you don’t. If you don’t want to hike in with your heavy pack you have a few options. First, you can hire a mule to carry your backpack. 

Mules can carry a maximum of 4 bags with a maximum bag weight of 32 lbs per bag. If you don’t want to walk you can ride a horse either to the Supai Village or all the way to the campground.

The maximum bodyweight to ride is 250 lbs and you’ll need to have at least some prior riding experience. 

You’ll need to reserve at least one week before your trip on the Havasupai website.

How do I reserve a pack mule?

This is new for 2019 – all pack mule reservations must be made online. After making your campground reservation you will have the opportunity to put in a waitlist request for a pack mule. There are new care standards so there may be fewer pack mules. If you don’t put in an immediate waitlist request, it’s unlikely that you’ll get a mule.

Also, people that reserve mules for round-trips get priority. If you only want a mule one-way you may have trouble securing a reservation. A waitlist request is NOT a confirmed reservation.

Most people camp in the Havasu Falls campground. You will need to bring all of your own equipment to stay here and you will need to carry that equipment with you while hiking. The tribe does offer the option to hire a pack horse to carry some equipment for an added fee, but it is best to prepare to carry your own equipment and food.

There is a Lodge/hotel that some people stay at in the canyon. It is in the village of Supai, Arizona which is about 2 miles away from Havasu Falls.

How to reserve the Havasupai Lodge permit?

Lodge reservations go on sale on June 1st and can only be made by telephone 928-448-2111 and 928-448-2201

You will pass through Supai on your hike to the waterfalls. The lodge is very basic, does not have many rooms, and offers no food.

What amenities are available in the Supai Village and campground?

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There are several restaurants in the Supai Village as well as a small store and a post office. We would NOT recommend waiting until you get to the village to stock up on groceries as they have a very limited (and expensive) supply.

Remember that the Supai Village is a 2 miles hike from the campground so it’s not really feasible to eat your meals in the village if you’re staying in the campground.

However, we do recommend buying your last meal in the village before you begin the long 8-mile trek back to your car.

After cooking over your camp stove for 3 days a giant heap of cheesy nachos really hits the spot!

There is also a fry bread stand right at the entrance to the campground. We heard a lot of people rave about the fry bread but we felt it was a tad underwhelming.

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The Havasupai Indian Reservation is a very remote wilderness area. Be prepared that during your visit you will not have access to flushing toilets, running water, shops, hospitals, or other things you depend on in day to day life. Carry first aid with you and know what to do in the event of an emergency.

You will need to carry all of your food into the canyon and carry all of your trash out of the canyon.

The Havasupai tribe that lives in the canyon is isolated from the rest of the world but they are very proud of their canyon home. Take some time to learn about the Havasupai people

The entrance fee will be $50 per person, up from $35. The camping fee will be $25 per person per night, up from $17, and the environment fee is doubling to $10 per person. Taxes are additional. All visitors pay the entrance fee, whether they are camping or staying at Havasupai Lodge

First of all, ALL Reservations will be for 4 Days / 3 Nights. It is $100/Night for Monday-Thursday night, and $125 for Friday/Saturday/Sunday night.

Secondly, ALL Reservations will be made at HavasupaiReservations.com DO NOT CALL!

Thirdly, be SURE you are up for a Multi-Night Backpacking experience. If this is your FIRST Multi-Day Backpack Trip…we recommend that you take AT LEAST one Overnight Backpacking trip prior to Havasupai. This is not a good environment to learn about Overnight Backpacking. Please come prepared with some previous Multi-Day Backpacking experience.

And Finally, entrance onto the Havasupai Reservation is conditioned upon the Tourist’s consent to the Tribe’s civil regulatory and civil adjudicatory jurisdiction. By entering onto the Havasupai Reservation, non-Indians consent to the Tribe’s civil regulatory and civil adjudicatory jurisdiction. Tourists consent, contractually, to the Tribe’s civil jurisdiction by possessing an entrance permit to visit the Reservation.

From Las Vegas, take the 93 South towards Kingman, Arizona and then head east on Route 66. After 57 miles, turn left on Indian Road 18. Drive for 60 miles until you reach the end of the road. There is a large parking lot with bathrooms at the trailhead.
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How much does it cost to visit Havasu Falls?

The Havasu Falls 2020 pricing schedule has yet to be announced so stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks! In 2019 the campground reservation cost was $100/night for weekday nights (Mon. – Thurs.) and $125/night for weekend nights (Fri. – Sun.) So the total cost for a Havasu Falls camping permit was between $300 – $375 per person depending on what nights of the week you stayed. It’s likely the price will increase in 2020.

How long does it take to hike to Havasu Falls?

The hike from the parking lot at Hualapai Hilltop to Havasu Falls is ~10 miles. It should take 4-6 hours depending on your level of fitness.

What is the weather like at Havasu Falls?

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