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.

Backpacked in 33 lbs. scenery was beautiful nearly all the way down. It got pretty dusty in the air by the village to check in because of the soft sand/dirt. I wish I would have packed something to help with that.

My favorite place on earth.

best hike ever! yes you need a permit. they go on sale February 1st at 8 a.m. Mountain Standard Time. Maybe you can get ahold of the office and see if there's any cancellations

Does someone knows if I need to pay something before I go ? Like camping or a permit to go down? Or something?

Sometimes a little tricky to find your way, but SO beautiful!

Hike from the campground to Beaver Falls is my favorite trail ever. Adventurous trail alongside stunning cascading river. Felt like paradise!

Does anyone have 3 extra camping/logging permits for June 13-20, 2018. I would love to buy it back if possible. Please help if you can. My email is izabella.h.jankowski@gmail.com

Most amazing camping/hiking trip I’ve taken!

Started out really early in the morning and kept a great pace. We beat the office so we had to wait a bit. Definitely plan on going early... the parking lot is small and fills up fast.
On the way out we started at like 5 am and got to see the beautiful sunrise. Better be in shape for the hike out it's steap and pretty painful if your not used to hiking with a pack.
This was my first backpack hike and I did fairly good for my first. Recommend going early in the season as it's cooler down side is the water is also cooler.

Beautiful waterfalls! The hike to the falls isn’t very scenic but once you get there it’s insanely beautiful. If you go this time of year (June) I’d suggest bringing a light long sleeve and lots of sunscreen to avoid a sun burn. There is a store in the village (about 2 miles from the campgrounds) where you can buy snacks and drinks. Pack light!

Amazing hike. Don’t helicopter in, take the challenge.

Enjoyed the whole time . Downhill going in , challenging up on way back . Plus a bunch of alternative watering holes to hike to . Hike to Mooney was fabulous and a nice little challenge

What an adventure! Helpful tips would be, get there EARLY if you want a prime camping spot, take some cash for that fry bread burger at camp, take plenty of water for the hike out, seriously consider paying for a donkey to carry out your pack ($30), be prepared for hiking in mostly sand and watch out for the donkeys... they have no personal bubble lol.

Havasupai is an amazing backpacking trip! Don’t underestimate the sun, even if it’s 70, it will feel much hotter. I recommend backpacking and carrying your gear, not using the mules or horses- if you need assistance with your gear, maybe consider the helicopter. Definitely check out “the jungle”, it was our favorite swimming spot.

Beautiful and amazing hike!

This hike needs to be on everyone’s bucket list!

It’s a difficult hike with an amazing destination. It’s 1 mile of steep switchbacks down, another mile of winding less steep switchbacks, and then about 5 miles on the canyon floor. This will bring you to the last mile before Supai which is through the sand (you are in the desert) with the stream going alongside the trail on one side and the houses at the outskirts of the city on your other. During this mile, you’ll cross a couple of bridges and see signs directing you to Supai. Once you check in at Supai and get your wristbands, you hike another 2 miles to the campgrounds. It’s about a mile in that you see Navajo Falls on your left (beautiful and less busy than the other falls because it’s further from the campgrounds), then a half mile later you’ll see Havasu Falls on your right. Another half mile will bring you to the Ranger station at the front of the campgrounds. Campgrounds are a mile long ending at the top of Mooney Falls. That last 2 miles to the campground is sandy and very steep. The campsites at the front are closer to the ranger station, water, and Havasu falls but aren’t very private or too pretty. The further back you go, the more private and beautiful the campsites get. I’m a terribly slow hiker AND we used the pack miles to carry the majority of our things to the campground ($$$). The hike in took me 5.5 hrs and I was wrecked. We left at 5 am (before official sunrise but light enough to see) and got to camp at 11:30 am. We spent most of our days at Havasu Falls as my body was wrecked from the hike in but we did hike halfway down to Mooney to take pictures (stopped before the cave to the chains and ladders). I would’ve liked to go to Navajo falls but the uphill sandy 1.5 miles was too much for my wrecked body. On the way out, we left again at 5 am and it took me 5.5 hrs out (which is an amazing pace for me). The first 2 miles out through the sandy uphill was as terrible as I had anticipated. The 5 miles was fine as we were in the shady canyon. That last 2 miles is as brutal as everyone says. I had to take a lot of breaks but was normally able to find some shade to do so. My husband is a faster hiker than I am and got up the switchbacks before I did to get the car (parked 1 mile away) and was able to meet me with the car when I got up there. Tip 1: at the end of the hike, go straight to a restaurant (we went to Grand Canyon Caverns where we stayed the night before the hike) because you will be ravenous and want some real food. Tip 2: bring less food than you think you need. We had extras that we luckily were able to give away to some other campers in need but we definitely brought too much. They also sell fry bread near the ranger station at the campground which is delicious, inexpensive (bring cash!), and will help lighten your load. Don’t count on it in case it isn’t open, but don’t overpack food). Tip 3: camp near the bathrooms. There are 4. Finding your way to the bathroom in the middle of the night with a headlamp and bats swooping down towards you is terrifying. Tip 4: bring your camp shoes, swimming stuff, and tent with you if you use the pack miles because they don’t arrive down in the canyon until 3 pm and you want to set up your tent to reserve your spot ASAP (first come, first serve). Then you’ll immediately want to take your hiking boots off and cool off in the water. Tip 5: leave as early as you can to hike in and out. The sun/heat is brutal and you’ll want to take advantage of the cool mornings as much as possible while not hiking in the dark. Tip 6: bring at least the 3L of water per person for hiking in and out. We got close to finishing our water on the way in and did finish our water on the way out with those uphill switchbacks. Tip 7: bring something to keep from inhaling so much dust. Dust masks and bandanas across the face are common and will help a lot! Tip 8: For food and scented items (sunscreen, deodorant, toothpaste, hand sanitizer, etc), pick up at least 2 of the Home Depot/Lowe’s buckets at the ranger station at the campground on your way in, preferably with lids. Use them for your scented items, food, and garbage to protect from the squirrels. They are very adamant to get to your things. If you leave anything scented in your tent or bags, they will chew right threw them. Tip 9: I did this hike in late May and wish i hadn’t brought any jackets or long pants to sleep in. It was very warm even overnight and you do not need layers. I imagine this is true from May to at least August. To conclude this review, the hike and the waterfalls were gorgeous but the landscape is unforgiving so be very well prepared. Side note: I’m terrified of snakes and did this hike in late May 2018 and did not see/hear any snakes at all. There are rattlesnakes and coral snakes (highly poisonous and very small) in the area so be cautious of where you step and sit to rest.

Consistently one of the prettiest accessible places in the world that I have seen. GO!!!

Maybe the hardest hike I’ve ever done. Going down was no problem got it done in under 3hrs. Going back up on the other hard... not fun.. all in all so worth it and wouldn’t change the hike for anything.. by far the most aging waterfalls I’ve ever seen

Maybe the hardest hike I’ve ever done. Going down was no problem got it done in under 3hrs. Going back up on the other hard... not fun.. all in all so worth it and wouldn’t change the hike for anything.. by far the most aging waterfalls I’ve ever seen


1 month ago

Amazing hike! Some climbing involved, but there are lots of holds to hang onto. Most difficult part is the descent down the Falls by the campsite. Lots of lush brush to walk through at the start as well. You might get scratched up a bit. Wear good hiking sandals. Bring a snack, water and a swimsuit

Hiked into Havasupai Canyon with no permit and had one of the craziest days of my young life. I arrived at the trailhead at 10:30 pm Sat night, after braving 60 miles of swerving and dodging every sort of wildlife the night could throw at me, and was turned away by a security guard who said I could not start out on the trail until 4 am. This was a change since I had first been here 15 years ago. The other noticeable difference were all the cars parked along both sides of the road for two miles down from the parking lot. Holy shit, this place has grown in popularity in recent years!

I sort of slept in between my car and the one in front of me. I had taken an Aderal around 7 thinking I would need it for the night hike, but after realizing that I wouldn't be needing that extra energy until 4 am, I then counteracted the Aderal with an Ambien. Thank the maker for pharmaceuticals.

I rose at 3:30, got my shit together and began hiking 15 minutes later, passing by the security guard shack with no one stationed there. Maybe the guy shoved off early. It took me two-and-a-half hours to get down to the village. I then decided to wait around for the permit office to open to see if maybe I could get a same-day permit. I heard through the grapevine that sometimes there are cancellations and one can get a permit the day off, but it's a big gamble, because they could just turn you away and you'd have to hike all the way back out.

At 7 am promptly, I was greeted by whom I thought was a friendly Havasupai local lady. I then attempted to get a permit, but she said there had been no cancellations and that I would not be getting a permit and would have to hike back. I pleaded with her saying that I was only an army of one and that I had driven all the way from Florida (a blatant lie) and that possibly she could make an exception of some sort, but she would not budge. I then promptly began walking in the same direction I had been heading into the canyon. Of course she saw me do this and sent a ranger after me, but not before I managed to get a wristband off someone packing out on the tail end of their trip. The next hiker I saw, I managed to get a piece of duct tape off of so I could tape the wristband to my wrist. No less than 30 seconds later on down the trail came a Havasupai ranger on horseback. I thought I was toast. After driving 13 hours, hiking for nearly three now, and going through the trouble to get a wristband off someone, here I was, going to have to turn around and hike back out after I was this close. But this had to be the dumbest ranger ever.

"Hey! Where you going?" he yelled as he came galloping up at full speed.
"Umm, I'm headed back to the campground. I left my wallet on a picnic table at my campsite, " I said.
"Oh. I got a report of someone trying to get down in here without a reservation and you fit the description," he said.
"Oh. Well, I have a wristband," I said and held out my wrist.
"Ok," he said, and rode off.

Phew! Dodged a bullet there. How could this Indian not know I was the guy?! I mean, I didn't just fit the description. I WAS the description to a T: tall skinny white boy with a white shirt and grey shorts, and I was the first hiker coming in that morning. How many others would there be like me at that time in the morning?!

Realizing that the tribe was onto me, I quickly veered off onto a side trail going up a smaller canyon with Havasu Creek running alongside it. It's the side trail about a fourth of a mile before Havasu Falls. I hiked up about 200 feet or so, changed clothes, hid my backpack and hiked up the creek about a mile and had breakfast, I needed to buy some time to let the heat die down before I had to run the gauntlet down into the main cascade area below Havasu Falls.

About an hour later, I did just that. I got back on the trail, ran the gauntlet, and got down to Havasu Falls. I felt safe now, got into the creek and began cascade jumping and walking in the creek all the way down to Mooney Falls. To make a long story not as long, I basically spent all day in the water playing, but I wasn't about to push my luck and try to stay in the campground, as I know the rangers do a couple different sweeps late in the day to check permits.

So, I hiked my ass 10 miles outta the canyon that night. It sucked. I mean, it really sucked. My feet were totally sore, my back was killing me, and my ass was chafed beyond recognition, but a nice Havasupai Indian took pity on me and threw my backpack on one of his mules, which helped me immensely. I threw him a $20 and gave him a ride to the Hualapai Reservation after I got to the top of the trailhead that night.

All in all, I had been up for 36 hours and was a zombie when it was all done. Just completely spent. This is how NOT to do Havasupai. Yes, I got to do it for free, but only for 10 hours or so, and nearly got in trouble and spent days recovering physically from over-exerting myself.


The hike between Mooney and Beaver Falls is beyond beautiful. amazed that this oasis is in the misfile if canyon after hiking several miles in the desert.

1 month ago

Have backpacked this trail 5 times the most recent trip was Sept 2011. The rating assigned here is slightly high as I would rate it a Moderate hike. Fantastic views great camping, new and improved toilet facilities and great food at the Indian operated cafe in the village. For those hikers with time on their hands and average endurance, the hike from the campsite to the Colorado River is well worth the effort. It’s a 4-6 hour round trip hike so allow yourself plenty of time so you don’t find yourself climbing up the Cliff at Mooney Falls in the dark !

We were camped about a half mile from Havasu Falls on the Havasu Creek. I loved being close enough to Havasu Falls to leave camp anytime and sit or swim in the Falls. And I loved camping on the creek and hearing the continuous water flow. On the second day, we hiked down to Mooney Falls. I was nervous and knew that I might not make the 125 ft. descent down to Mooney due to fear of heights. But the more I heard about the hike below Mooney to Beaver Falls and the beauty of Beaver Falls itself, the more I knew that I had to try. Tamara, trail guide with Wildland Trekking, encouraged me to do it and told me she would be with me helping me to place my feet. I trusted her and I really wanted to make that descent. Upon inspecting the ladders and rocks and chains, I realized it looked scarier in person. I had read about this and had watched utube videos, but in person, it appeared much steeper and further down. But Tamara talked me through every step. I tried to only focus on taking the step she told me to take without thinking ahead to the step after. So, step by step, Tamara brought me down the 125 ft of tunnels, rocks, ladders, and chains! By the time I reached the bottom, I could hardly speak, my heart was pounding and my whole body trembling. A little to my embarrassment, I realized I was crying a little. A bundle of emotions ensued where fear, excitement, and pride were intertwined. “I thought I was going to die!!!”, “I did it!!”, “I’m so relieved to be on the ground”. “I WILL NEVER do that again!!”, and “oh my, I will get to see Beaver Falls!” - all this in just a few seconds, then I gathered myself and enjoyed the moment with Tamara and with my new friend, Kay, who lended words of praise and encouragement. We admired the 200 ft Mooney from the ground and it was spectacular! Now time to hike to Beaver Falls!

Wow, this part of the trip was an unexpected wonderland. This trip is not just about the Water Falls. I loved walking the path and seeing green vegetation, the lush Havasu Creek, the sand and sky. One of my favorite spots was a large Palm Tree that opened to a hidden oasis of the bluest water I have ever seen flowing in a creek or river. It looked so untouched and serene. I could have spent days there just enjoying the view and playing in the water.

We arrived at Beaver Falls. Wow!! I was not prepared for the beauty of this place. Tiered water falls, beautiful canyon walls, and a great spot for a picnic! We staying a couple of hours to visit, eat, swim, and marvel at God’s creation.

The hike back was incredible. Our guides promised us a surprise and they delivered. Big Time. We saw a gorgeous waterfall that was a gentle trickle. We enjoyed getting behind it in a cave. The scenery there was pristine. More tiers of waterfalls, tall trees. larger body of the flowing blue green Havasu Creek, the gentle spray of the waterfall. I had a feeling of being in the very most remote part of America. This land felt untouched by any modernization. I felt we had traveled back in time. I did not want to leave. AAANDD.. I really did not want to leave when I learned we must scale the rock waterfall to depart. Fear again. It was maybe 2 of me vertically. Maybe 12 ft high or so. Nothing like the 125 ft of Mooney but still, I was scared. Our male guide, Dean, said I would be fine. I asked him to go up right behind me and talk me through it. He did and it wasn’t so bad!

For me, the climb back up Mooney Falls was scarier than coming down. I’m not gonna lie.. going up was terrible for me. Tamara was right behind me which helped. She told me where to put each foot. At some point I panicked and just wanted off that ladder!! I started climbing fast and 1 of my feet slipped. I couldn’t find another spot for it. It was scary not having a point of contact for that foot for a couple seconds. The chance of falling was a reality to me. Everything was a little damp and my body felt tired by this point in the day. Fortunately, I found another rock for my right foot and quickly got myself in a better position. Tamara, told me that I was panicking and making bad decisions. At that point I began focusing. I told myself to focus on the rock I was on until Tamara told me to step to a new rock. So this is what I did until I made it into the tunnel. I felt safer in the tunnel. I think I abandoned all focus and abandoned Tamara at that point and just “got the heck out of dodge”. I was so relieved to be out of the tunnel and up from Mooney. My heart raced, my mind screamed something to the effect, “there is no way in hell I would EVER do that again”!!

It was a mile back to the campsight. I felt subdued as I tried to process all the day had held. So much I had longed to see for decades and beauty beyond just the Falls. And fear beyond any that I had ever volunteered for before. I wouldn’t have made it without Tamara, Dean, or Kay.

I’m still processing this trip a month later. Everyday I tell myself to focus on the

Amazing 8 mile hike from hilltop to the village of Supai. Steep switchbacks for the first mile down then the trail leveled out. The beauty of the canyon and watching out for various trees and plant life kept me occupied. Once I began hearing the soft roar of Havasu Creek, excitement set it! Arriving at the village was amazing and felt like a step back in time. Such simplicity. Leaving the village to hike 2 more miles to Havasu Falls gave me a surge of energy. But, a mile into that remaining 2 miles, my feet began to hurt. My hurting feet distracted me from the Falls (50 ft and Little Navajo) we saw prior to Havasu. But at about the 2mile mark, when I stepped forward and looked to the right, there was Havasu Falls in all Her Glory! Wow. It was surreal. Did not look real to me at that moment. We walked on down to the Falls. The water temp was very cool and crisp. I sat on a rock in the creek looking at the falls and allowing my hurting feet , and eventually the rest of my body, to succumb to the numbness provided by the cold water. Much needed cryotherapy! All the pain stopped and I just took it all in. Luckily, our campsite was close to the Falls, so I visited there daily. A few times, I was the only person there. What a privilege ❤️. This was the reason I had wanted to come to this Reservation for over 20 years. Little did I know, what was in store for me below Havasu Falls. I am sure that I must return someday.


1 month ago

Thank you all, this group is really helpful....

Hiked in and out with 34+lbs backpack ,
Timeline for 3 days and 2 night. 04/29/2018-05/01/2018

Night before:
Drove to trailhead around midnight and slept in my car Parking lot was full so had to park around .60 mile away.

Day 1
Started at 6:50am, 9:50 am at supai village office, after small 5-10 min breaks at village and Navajo falls, I reached campgrounds around 10:45 am. Luckily got spot close to Mooney falls. Which added .8 mile.
(Things I did on first day, village, little Navajo falls, Havasu falls, Mooney falls, Fry bread **only cash**)

Day 2
I did confluence on day two, started at 7:00 am by 8:00 am at Beaver falls and 10:00 am at confluence. Don’t hike alone to confluence, luckily met Someone wonderful near beaver falls and we hiked together.
Important things: bring a lot of water or water filter. I had 4 liters and on my way back I had few drops left near Mooney. You don’t use as much water going but coming back you will need a lot. I wish I had water filter.
Start early to avoid heat and no hiking allowed after 11:00 am from beavers falls to confluence, I am 5’7 and deepest crossing was only waist high. After Mooney trail gets little confusing but easy to navigate. Had to cross river twice to get to beavers falls and ladder once’s. I did not go down to beavers falls. You will see small hut, stay on the trail above and you will see a small board on the ground saying no hiking after 11:00 am. If you don’t see that sign stop and ask. Had to cross river around 5-6 times after that. Hike to confluence is very pretty. After passing Small tunnel, you only cross river once to your left. If you stay on right side it’s hard to go down to confluence but if you stay left and get to small cliff, it’s easy to get down to river. Left confluence at 11:35 am and was back to Mooney around 3:30pm took few breaks coming back up. ****Follow the Cairns/stack of stones***

Campground to confluence 2:50 hours only water break, Confluence to campgrounds 4 hours.

Things I did on Second (confluence, swimming

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