Backpack to Havasu Falls in the Havasupai Reservation

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Distance

10 miles

Elevation Gain

-2000 ft

Route Type

Out-and-Back

Added by Jason Hatfield

Trek to an oasis of cool blue water and thundering falls deep in the Grand Canyon.

The Havasupai Reservation is a remote area just outside Grand Canyon National Park, full of blue-green water and dramatic waterfalls.  Despite being an extremely isolated location, camping in the canyon is overwhelmingly popular and reservations are required. On popular weekends you will be sharing the campgrounds with hundreds of others but shoulder seasons can bring some respite. 

The trail to Supai Village starts at Hualapai Hilltop and is downhill the entire way. There is little cover, so lots of water and an early start is recommended; the way back will be even tougher. Once you reach the village you will pick up your permits and maps, any items needed from the small market, and continue another 2 miles to the campgrounds.

After setting up camp, Havasu Falls is a short trip back up the trail and your best bet after a long day of hiking. The following day you can spend time exploring Mooney Falls, Beaver Falls, and the surrounding canyon down to the Colorado River; the full hike is 16 miles round-trip. After Mooney Falls the trail is much more rugged and includes multiple water crossings and some rock scrambling. If you have your camera with you I recommend waterproof protection while hiking in the deeper parts. 

Please be mindful on this trip and make sure you pack out whatever you pack in. Also please be cognizant of animal safety if you choose to use assistance on your hike in. 

Here is a great guide for everything you need to know for your trip to Havasupai.

Here are some of the key attractions along the trek:

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Chillin
Camping
Photography
Swimming
Backpacking
Hiking
River
Scenic
Waterfall
Cliff Jumping
Swimming Hole

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If There's An Opening -- Nab It!

One of my favorite backpacking trips to date! The hike can be difficult and hot but it's totally worth it once you arrive at the campsite. The amenities are great -- clean compost toilets, potable water source, and even a cafe and fry bread stand of you're too tired to cook every meal. The only issue now is trying to get back here again -- nearly impossible to get a cancellation / walk in permit -- you must book many months in advance!

Hidden gem.

If you're wanting to revisit Havasupai but don't have time on your calendar, pick up Edward Abby's "Desert Solitaire" and flip to his chapter on Havasu. It's an excellent read, and a great way to revisit this awesome patch of earth.

I want to go back!

If you're tired there's always the helicopter. ;)

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