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.

We hiked this trail in January 2015 and it was a very comfortable temperature, in the 60's. The trail from the rim to the Supai Village was very scenic and offered some shade along the way. After we got to the village, we hiked to the falls and stopped at Mooney Falls. The trail becomes super steep at that point and we turned back to the village where we spent the night. We brought lots of water and snacks, sandwiches. Do not attempt this hike in hot weather. If you do, start super early, put on lots of sunscreen, bring plenty of snacks and water. Then hike out super early the next morning. The hike up is the most challenging part, coming out of the canyon. The falls are stunning and beautiful but the village of Supai is littered with trash and the animals are being taken care of. That was shocking for us to see.

4 days ago

My absolute favorite hike I’ve ever done. These falls are stunning. You absolutely must have a permit and they sell out (for the entire year) within hours. This place is magical.

backpacking
5 days ago

It's hard to imagine a better hike anywhere in the United States than this one. It is absolutely required to have a permit and they are pretty difficult to acquire. The tribe begins selling them for the calendar year on February 1. They sell out within a day or two. We have done this trail twice in October. It is in quite a remote area with the nearest town (to the trailhead) being Peach Springs Arizona. The hike in is fairly easy but does seem to take a while due to the fact that you are walking through sand. You hike and hike through red rock canyon and the canyon becomes increasingly narrow. It's a beautiful hike. The village of Supai greets you about two miles before your ultimate destination - the campground. The village features a few buildings and the particular ones of interest for backpackers are the camping office where you check in, receive your wrist bands, and pay (I believe for 2018 it has changed and you now pay in advance. When we went in 2015 and 2016, you paid in person). There is also a small fast-food style restaurant that we ate entirely too much food in, making the last two miles pretty uncomfortable. It's hard to resist some tater tots and a cold drink (non-alcoholic, alcohol is completely banned on the reservation so don't bring any) after a long, hot, dusty walk through the desert.

The hike out is retracing your steps but obviously you are going uphill. This trail differs from the trails in the Grand Canyon National Park in that the steep parts are all at the end (when you're leaving). The last 1.5 miles (and first 1.5 miles when hiking down) are steep switchbacks. You hit these when you are tired on the way out and probably when it's hot. I wouldn't want to do this trail in the summer. It was warm enough for me in October.

This is my favorite hiking or camping experience I have ever had. Be aware of the rules, regulations, and permit requirements.

One of the best hikes I've ever been on! Definitely try to get permits for this place. We wrote up a full review of the trail with tips and details on permitting and hiking the trail here: https://www.shedreamsofalpine.com/blog/your-complete-guide-to-hiking-havasu-falls-trail
A must do!

on Havasu Canyon Trail to Supai

camping
12 days ago

Completed this hike last week. Recommend mules to carry camping gear. Use daypack to hike in. Each one of us brought 2 liters and two extra water bottles. Only use 1.5 each. Weather was great. Sun does come up of the hilltop and gets warm quick. While walking through the canyon, plenty of shade to find. Once you make it to the office to check in, you still have 2 miles to the campground. Brought only what we needed and slept great through the night. Amazing trip. When ppl say pictures dont do justice...very understated. A must!!

backpacking
18 days ago

Can’t believe this is in Arizona. One of my all time favorite trails. The blue water looks like the Caribbean and the waterfalls are a incredible.

backpacking
23 days ago

Backpacked over an extended weekend here. Permits were somewhat difficult to obtain to get on the reservation itself. Fairly flat hike in (except in/ out of the valley). We started very early in the morning but the hike did get very hot during midday sun. No need for a guide, everything was easily followed. The views and waterfalls were out of this world. We happens to take this trip when the Milky Way was above the falls, it was a once in a lifetime experience. This definitely was on my bucket list. Only disappointment was the amount of trash left at parts of the trail. It was definitely worth it, I would recommend this!

backpacking
23 days ago

Backpacked over an extended weekend here. Permits were somewhat difficult to obtain to get on the reservation itself. Fairly flat hike in (except in/ out of the valley). We started very early in the morning but the hike did get very hot during midday sun. No need for a guide, everything was easily followed. The views and waterfalls were out of this world. We happens to take this trip when the Milky Way was above the falls, it was a once in a lifetime experience. This definitely was on my bucket list. Only disappointment was the amount of trash left at parts of the trail. It was definitely worth it, I would recommend this!

Hey Guys!
My name is Mo from Germany.
I guess my review might be more interesting for international guests.
As you already read .... there is no day hike allowed and nearly impossible. It s so amazing down there that just one or two hours aren’t enough.
I tried to plan the trip on my own a year before and tried to call the front desk of the visitor center in havasu.
It was very hard to reach someone. After 6 month of permanent calling a women took off the phone and just told me that there are no places available anymore.
I was very frustrated and scared that I could not make a hook on my bucketlist.
I was browsing through the internet to find any other way to stay in havasu.
Finally I found the company AOA Arizona Outback Adventures. They are offering guided tours down to the village.
To be honest ..... it was expensive but definitely worth it. I booked a three day two nights tour.

We met our guides Izzy and Sam early in the morning close to hilltop.
There we had a quick safety briefing and a breakfast. They also provided us with care packages.
In the canyon they told us a lot about the tribe and history of the canyon.
After a long hike we arrived in havasu where our tents were already prepared.
Our guides cooked for us and than we headed to the bed/tent.
We woke up early in the morning and made our way to Mooney Falls.
Our guides showed us hidden spots. Simply amazing. Than we had a lot of time at havasu Falls to rest.
In the evening Izzy and Sam served us dinner again.
There was so much more they provided us with or showed/told us.
The last day we woke up at 4 am and made our way out of the canyon.

One of the best experiences I ever had in life.
I was so proud of myself.
I would definitely book this trip again.

I prepared myself with cardio training before.
I think it’s necessary to enjoy the whole trip and sourrounding

hiking
30 days ago

We got lost on the way back! It was an awesome trail! Bring snacks and enough water. You will be crossing streams/river few times just fyi.

Great hike specially if you’re with good company. Start early, it can get hot! If you can, rent a donkey for your stuff, just bring snacks and water with you.

Great Hike! It was hard but worth it!

rando facile, paysage incroyable. Par contre, ça me refroidit toujours un peu de trouver des déchets par terre en rando et ce ne sont pas les cannettes jetées en chemin qui manquent. Par contre, ce n'est rien à côté de la mauvaise surprise que nous avons eu en traversant le village (qui ressemble à un site d'enfouissement). Heureusement, le camping et les chutes sont à quelques kilomètres une fois le village traversé.

Love this hike. Can’t wait to do it again someday.

hiking
1 month ago

This is as good as it gets! Best falls in Havasupai and also the least busy as it is farther away from camp. If you have the energy, continue down this trail to the Colorado River!

Long hike but well worth it! Make sure you have permits, the village does not permit day hikes.

One of the best I've been to.

The best hiking, backpacking trip ever. Would recommend this 100% for those looking for a little piece of heaven.

best trip so far. long. pack lite as possible. trip back is a pain, especially the switchbacks. don't leave your pack out with food hang it up. squirrels. good socks.

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