Havasu Falls and Mooney Falls Trail is a 22.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Supai, AZ that features a waterfall and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October.
The Havasupai Indian Reservation is not part of the Grand Canyon National Park, but you cannot tell that from the scenery. From your very first step at the trailhead parking lot until your return at the end of your trip, you will be swiveling your head side to side to take it all in. The water is a turquoise blue/green and the perfect way to refresh the tired legs and back after the 12 mile trek down to the campground. Hitting the trail The parking lot at the trailhead is stunning to say the least. It is perched more than 1000 feet above the valley floor and provides one of the best vistas of the trip. The trail starts with a steep descent down the face of the box canyon to the valley floor by way of a series of switchbacks. If you have creaky knees, you will definitely feel this descent! Be on the lookout for the approaching mules. They have the right-of-way, and won't stop to wait for you to move to the side. Once you reach the valley floor, the trail bends to the north and follows the wash for 8 miles into the Indian town of Supai. Along the way, the canyon walls draw closer and the surroundings become more grand. You get a sense for the true size of the canyon walls when then tower hundreds of feet straight up as you make your way down the canyon. There is more shade in this narrow section of trail. The sun doesn't have the angle to penetrate the canyon and it helps to keep temperatures down. In this slot section ( which starts at about mile 7), you really need to watch for the mule packs. As they approach, move to the canyon wall side and not the cliff side. The wrong move could be disastrous as these animals move through. At the end of the slot section, it opens and the Havasu Creek comes in from the right side. As you cross the open expanse, following the trail as it curves to the left, you will hear the water for the first time. It comes into view as you enter the heavier vegetation. The town of Supai is close. You will follow the irrigation channel into Supai. The two miles following the town of Supai are packed with waterfalls, blue-green water, and tons of photo opportunities. It's just 2 miles to Havasu Falls from Supai. The campground and Mooney Falls are just beyond that.
This is my favorite place in the world. The hike is tough and extra difficult if you have a full backpack. About 11 miles to campground.
The garden of Eden! This is some of the most picturesque beauty around!
This was a tough hike, but worth it. We used Wildland Trekking Company, so we only had to carry day packs. The rocks on the trail are thick. At times it felt like hiking in the snow. The waterfalls and water are beautiful. Mooney Falls is scary. Wear good hiking boots, especially for climbing up and down Mooney, no flip flops! Trekking poles are knee savers for the long hike and especially the climb up Haluapai Hilltop.
Great hike, there is a store and restaurant in the townsite so reduce the amount you carry in.
This may be the Garden of Eden. The colors and sights are absolutely surreal. An incredible and challenging hike. I backpacked in during the end of April and temperatures were perfect.
This was the hardest thing I've done in my life but by far the most amazing! I loved every minute. The water is an unbelievable blue and the views are breath taking. The stars were so amazing at night that they kept me up because they were so bright and I couldn't stop looking at them. I've been trying to go again but it is very difficult to get reservations for bigger groups. This is a long hike and you will need lots of water, but don't worry, there are bathrooms and drinking water at the bottom!
What an incredible experience and an item to check off your bucket list. We hiked to Havasu falls and Mooney falls. Mooney falls hike was like not any other hike I had done. You go through caverns, descend down rocks while holding onto a chain, then descend the rest of the way by ladder. All while it's wet from the mist of the waterfall. I'll post lots of pics.
This is my all time favorite hike of all the hikes I have done! Absolutely beautiful! The canyon looks so different up close at the bottom! There is so much to see...so many different plants and rock formations and colors. The trail is pretty steep at the top with the switchbacks, but pretty level once you reach the bottom of the canyon. Trail is mostly rocks until you get closer to the village of Supai where it then turns to sand and you get the first glimpses of clear turquoise water.
When you are almost to the village, the canyon splits and there is supposed to be a sign pointing to the left, so you do not go the wrong direction, but beware the sign may not be there, as it has been stolen in on several occasions in the past.
Once you reach the village, you will see a small grocery store and a restaurant where you can buy some goods, but the prices are heavily marked up due to difficulty getting items delivered to the bottom of the canyon. Most items are taken in and out of the canyon by the mules. Be sure to send family and friends (and yourself) a postcard via the mule train.
The Native Americans are very friendly as well as the dogs that wander throughout the village. We brought bugspray, but did not use it once as the bats take care of the bugs.
Continuing your hike past the village, you will reach the New Navajo Falls and Fifty foot Falls on your left. Further down is another waterfall (Havasu Falls) on your right, then further down the campground.
If you continue your hike, there is another waterfall (Mooney Falls), which is 200 ft tall). The base can be accessed by clinging to the side of the canyon wall as you shuffle along the canyon ledge and then climb through a couple of cave tunnels and then down chains and a ladder to the bottom of the falls.
If you are up for adventure, there are more waterfalls called Beaver Falls about 3.5 miles past Mooney Falls, but the trail is difficult to follow and is quite overgrown by vegetation. Watch out for rattlesnakes!
The hike out is not bad, until you start hiking up the switchbacks. You tire easily and the sun is higher up, so start your hike out before sunrise to avoid some of the heat. Make sure you pack plenty of water and snacks for this hike. Fellow hikers are very friendly and look out for one another more on this trail than any other trail I have been on. When a mule train comes through, move to the canyon wall and let them pass you.
Loved this hike and so excited to do this hike, again!
Absolutely the best I've ever done, seen, experienced! We stayed for 2 nights at the lodge. The 8 mi hike to the village was long but relatively easy. Not sure if it's normal protocol, but there were cases of H2O along the trail. Lodge check in is at 1 PM. Rooms were clean and comfortable (that's all one needs) There's a convenience store and a cafe (cafe orders seemed to take a long time, but food was good). Proceeded to Havasupai Falls for another 2 miles. Day 2, we hiked to Mooney (adventurous climb down isn't for the those scared of heights), then to Beaver Falls. Hike out on day 3 and the last 2 miles uphill were the hardest. Can't stress enough the importance of staying HYDRATED. Bring enough water!!
Best hike to date!
A must do trail!
Easily one of the best hikes in the country
It was beautiful