Havasupai means people of the blue-green waters. The spectacular waterfalls and isolated community within the Havasupai Indian Reservation attract thousands of visitors each year. The Havasupai are intimately connected to the water and the land. This blue- green water is sacred to the Havasupai. It flows not only across the land, but also through each tribal member. When you enter their land, you enter their home, their place of origin.
My family hiked this in August 2015 -- me, my wife, and son (age 11). We stayed in Peach Springs and arrived at the trailhead at 6am. Hike into Supai village took approximately 4.5 hrs, in large part due to frequent stops to admire the scenery. Tough hike, but doable with some training. The falls are amazing; no photo captures the beauty of this place. A bucket list hike. Please leave as early as possible and pack plenty of water to beat the summer heat.
I did this hike in 2004, long before Instagram made it practically impossible to make reservations. It remains one of the most beautiful and rewarding hikes I have ever done, without question. The hike down can be a tad boring and difficult, especially if you are carrying all your camping supply. However, as soon as the trail meets up with the brilliant blue river and you feel the first breeze cooled by green vegetation and water, you quickly realize you are in a special place. Plan at least 3 nights and make sure to spend a day at Mooney Falls. The last mile of the hike out is tough sh*t, especially in the summer heat so make sure you wake up easily on the day of your hike out to beat the heat if you are hiking during the summer months.
I wish I could give this 7 stars. I have traveled/hiked from SE Asia to Europe and THIS is one of the most amazing places I've been. There are many ways to do it. I've hiked and used the helicopter option (when I took my father down). Do your research on this one and GO.
One of the most beautiful place on Earth! I went in late November. It is a bit chilly to jump in the water but it well worth it to have a waterfall this beautiful all to yourself. There were hardly any hikers or campers and I was able to take so many photos sans crowds. I was able to call and get a live person and a reservation right away. The trail is not clearly marked so we second guessed ourselves a couple times since there was no one else on the trail to ask for directions. Whatever you do, go down the canyon and keep going right. There are several trails to get to the bottom of the canyon. The hike down is not too bad, I had a healing broken metatarsal and I did just fine with a good pair of ankle top hiking boots. It is flat for miles. Make time to see all the falls, I went there late and only got as far Mooney Falls. It is an awesome descent into a short tunnel and down a makeshift ladder, chain, metal peg climb down to the falls. There are dogs and wild horses everywhere. Some dogs will follow you for food. The village experience is interesting in itself since horse is the means for commuting. I would recommend going during the off season to get the full experience. This is def the trip of a lifetime!