|Posted on May 12, 2016 at 1:10 PM|
Hiking Havasupai | Havasupai Falls| Supai Village | Mountain Matron
Havasu Falls is one of the most identifiable U.S locations I can think of. Rushing turquoise blue waters, 100ft. waterfalls, and astonishing canyon formations, it’s no wonder why. If you find yourself wanting to backpack the Havasu Canyon we are here to help. Backpacking to Havasu Falls is an experience you will never forget, as I believe it is one of the most heavenly places here on earth.
First, you’ll need a permit.
Have your dates and group size chosen before calling. Be flexible, keep your group size low, and keep in mind, tourists call months, even a year or more ahead of their trip for a permit. Make sure to keep the confirmation number you receive. You’ll need it. February 1st is the start of permit reservation season.
Tourist Office – (928 448-2121, 928 448- 2141)
Havasupai Lodge (928 448-2111, 928 448-2101)
Second, get physically prepared – 10 miles one-way isn’t easy and you want to have fun while doing it. The trail is easy to follow, the elevation gain and loss is relatively at the Hilltop to the mile and a half mark. The switchbacks for the first mile and a half of the trail are wide, easy to see, and although not ridiculously steep, watch your footing. The canyon trail has a few miles of sand along the way, and generally gradual with little elevation change.
Backpacking gear isn’t always a one-size fit all list, but here is My Gear.
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Get fuel in Seligman on Route 66. There are not a lot of services before or after Seligman and it’s important to have a full tank when you turn onto Indian Road 18. From Indian Road 18 the trail parking is nearly 60 miles. Hualapai Hilltop is where you park. It’s also where Indian Road 18 abruptly ends. Vault toilets are available at the trailhead.
Pack 2-3L of water for the hike in or out of Havasu Canyon. Spring water is available in the village and campgrounds. Start your hike early. It can get very hot during seasonal high temperature reports and parts of the canyon are highly exposed to the elements. Check the weather (accuweather) daily and come prepared for unpredictable changes.
Supai Village is where you need to check your party in, pay your fees and grab your permit. The Village has a small Café with several menu options for fair rate, and the Village Store located directly across the street, can help you with general necessities. Be prepared to pay marked up costs at the store. (The store, and café take credit/debit cards.)
The Havasupai Lodge is located in Supai Village 300ft. directly North of the Tourism Office. Be prepared to hike approximately 2 miles from the village to see Havasu Falls. Little Navajo Falls is the first falls available to view within the canyon, and after passing through the Supai Village it is approximately 1.5 miles.
A 200 occupant first come, first serve campground is located along the Havasu Creek, (10 miles from Hualapai Hilltop). You’ll find some spots with picnic tables, others without, and many side by side the flowing creek.
Sites available for up to 300 campers per night
- Camping Fee: $25.00 per night, per person + Tax (10%)
- Entrance Fee: $50.00 per person + Tax (10%)
- Environmental Fee: $10.00 per person + Tax (10%
- Hualapai Hilltop to Campgrounds - 10 Miles
- Hualapai Hilltop to Supai Village – 8 Miles
- Supai to Campground – 2 Miles
- Campground to Mooney Falls – 0.5 Miles
Travel Tip: Bring cash, keep your credit card available and pack only the water you need for the hike from Hilltop to the Village, (8.5miles). Once at the Village you’ll have drinking water available. Check in at the Tourism Office for info. Be kind, remember you’re a tourist, and respect the Supai tribe, the regulations, and their land. If you’re looking to take the fast route, you can find helicopter service with Airwest Helicopters at 623 516 2790.