Havasu Falls is an amazing experience, with many options for travelers lucky enough to explore this special place. Whether you want to bring your family, a school or corporate group, or you're an experienced backpacker, Havasupai Falls is a destination anyone will treasure. The spring, summer, and fall seasons are the most popular, but December through February offers more solitude. Hiking with mule support for your gear is the most popular trip, but horse rides or helicopter flights to Supai village are also available for an extra fee. For more information go to the havasupai tribes website
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The trip begins with a descent from Hualapai Hilltop to the beautiful redrock canyon that leads to Havasu Creek. From here you'll hike to Supai Village, before making your way to camp along Havasu Creek.
The second day of the trip will be a day of exploration or relaxation. You'll have the option to relax in the pristine pools below Havasu Falls, or explore the other waterfalls, including Beaver Mooney Falls.
Start the day with a good breakfast before beginning the trek back through Havasu and Hualapai Canyons, and reminisce about this amazing experience.
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The enchanting turquoise color of the water and breathtaking landscapes of Havasu Falls attracts thousands of visitors each year to the Havasupai Indian Reservation in the western Grand Canyon. There are four major waterfalls in total, each possessing its own distinctive beauty. These waters eventually make their way to the mighty Colorado River. Havasu is world-renowned for the unique color of its water that is the result of high levels of Calcium Carbonate, which form the travertine pools below the waterfalls and along Havasu Creek.
The Havasupai Tribe has lived in the Grand Canyon for nearly 800 years, and they are the only native people that still live within the canyon. Historically the Supai farmed Havasu Canyon during the summer season, and hunted and gathered their food on the rim during the rest of the year. Today most of the tribes nearly 600 members live in Supai village year-round, and tourism is their main source of income.
Supai Village has no roads and everything is either carried down by pack mules or via helicopter. Mail can be sent from the Post Office in the village, where there is also a small store and cafe. Once there, you can either stay at the lodge or the campground. The rooms at the lodge are simple with no telephones or televisions, but there is air conditioning. Most people choose to camp along Havasu Creek right below the falls to be closer to the natural beauty of Havasu Canyon. Remember alcohol, illegal drugs, firearms and pets are prohibited on the reservation and all trash must be packed out.
There are three ways to get to Havasu Falls from the trailhead at Hualapai Hilltop: hiking, riding a mule or taking a helicopter. It is an eight-mile hike to get to Supai Village, and another two to Havasu Falls and the Campground. There are several steep switchbacks in the beginning, but most of the remainder is flat by Grand Canyon standards. If you're up for it, this is the most gratifying way to see the canyon. For those of you like to get around by horseback, both mules and horses are available to the Campground. Travel to Supai Village two miles above the campground is available via helicopter Thursday, Friday, Sunday and Monday during the high season, but visitors must be able to hike out in case the helicopter does not fly. Discussing your options with an experienced guide service is a great way to figure out the best trip for you and your group.
Havasu Canyon is made up of four major waterfalls that dominate the landscape. Rock Falls is a newly formed waterfall created in the 2008 flood that covered nearby Navajo Falls in debris. Havasu Falls is about 2 miles from Supai Village and the areas namesake. At nearly 100 feet it is the most popular waterfall in the canyon. One mile from Havasu is Mooney Falls, the tallest possibly the most impressive waterfall. From Mooney to Beaver Falls is a 3-mile hike along a fairly secluded trail. This hike is a highlight of any trip to Havasu Canyon and offers more of a wilderness experience than the main trail.
What are the specifications of the trip?
Number of Days: 2-5
Distance: 20mi/32km (not including day hikes)
Elevation Change: 2200ft/640m
Trip Dates: Year-round
Difficulty (1 easy-10 extreme): 6 (If Hiking)
What qualifications will my guide have?
Professional guides have a vast knowledge of all aspects of the Grand Canyon, Medical Training, and a passion for what they do.
Are there any age or physical fitness requirements?
Age and physical fitness depends on both the trip, and the individual going on the trip. Even within a specific destination, trip length, time of year, weather, and means of transportation have a large impact. The Canyon has many different options, and anyone can find an adventure that's safe and enjoyable for them and their group.
What facilities will be available?
Camping- Campsite, Pit Toilets, Drinking Water
*Campsites are right below Havasu Falls
Accomodations- Restaurant, Store, Post Office
Lodging-Hotel Room at Supai Lodge
*Lodging is in Supai Village, 2 miles by foot or mule from Havasu Falls
Mules-Mules are available for an extra fee of $75 one way/per person
*Mules are available to both Supai village and the Campground
Helicopter- Flights are available to Supai Village for an extra fee of $85 each way/per person
*Supai Village is 2 miles by foot or mule from Havasu Falls
*In the rare event helicopters are unable to fly during your trip due to weather or other circumstances, visitors should be willing and able to hike out.
Helicopter availability date ranges:
Oct 15 through Mar 14 - Friday & Sunday ONLY
Mar 15 through Oct 14 - Thursday, Friday, Sunday, and Monday ONLY
When is the best time of year to book a trip?
Havasu Falls is our most popular trip, and a great destination all year round.
How soon should I book my trip?
Although trips can be booked at any time from two days to two years in advance, at least five months' notice is advised due to limited permit availability.
Are there any limits on group size?
There are no group size limits for Havasu Falls
What should I bring?
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