Looking for a great trail in Havasupai Indian Reservation, Arizona? AllTrails has 5 great hiking trails, backpacking trails, river trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 5 hard trails in Havasupai Indian Reservation ranging from 5.1 to 24.5 miles and from 2,752 to 5,180 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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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.

I hiked down February 19 2018 and hiked up the 21st. yes it snowed but the cold would not stop me from doing it again.

backpacking
1 month ago

Quite possibly the most beautiful hike I have ever done. The water is cold, but under the June sun your clothes dry in no time.

I did this hike last June with a few different hikers, all with different levels of experience. We started hiking at 8 am and traveled down the first mile. This mile is quite difficult, as you need to be sure not to break your knees on the downhill.

After the downhill, the hike is an easy trail through beautiful canyons. The only problem you will most likely have with this hike is the heat. Get started early and get to Supai before it kicks off.

I had the most trouble on this hike getting from the Village to the campgrounds. My group reached the Village at around noon, and stopped for about an hour. We got underway again, but the heat was horrible. After passing Havasu Falls 2 of my fellow hikers and I sat down and took a long break, not knowing where the campground was (It was literally about 50 yards ahead of us). The heat was horrible, so be sure you have plenty of water and drink LOTS of it. I managed to get through the entire hike with only a small, running-backpack sized water skin, but I wish I had a lot more than I did.

We spent a week in the campground playing games and swimming. After, it came time to hike out. If you really want to beat the heat, I highly recommend you leave at around 10 in the evening and hike out at night, especially if the moon is full. One of the most surreal experiences I had on this trip was seeing how beautiful the cliffs were in the moonlight. Eventually, once they are low enough, turn out your headlamp and hike by the moon.

This is an incredibly fun hike, but not without its challenges. The most essential thing you need on this trip is a bear can. Not for bears, but for squirrels. The squirrels in the campground will do anything to get ahold of food, including chewing through backpacks, tents, and packaging. Keep your food safe and don't harm the animals.

Another essential that I feel is necessary is a hammock. I passed on the option of bringing a full sleeping bag, and brought a hammock instead and a small sleeping bag liner in case I needed some warmth in the 100 degree weather (I didn't). I was glad I did. All the campgrounds are hammock heaven, with plenty of trees to hang a hammock on. It's incredibly fun.

Just hydrate, start early, and have a wonderful time swimming in Havasupai!

One of the best places in the US to visit

Once in a lifetime, must see and do hike!!!! There’s nothing more to say about this place.

One of the most beautiful places on earth.

Gorgeous place

Great hike with amazingly beautiful scenery. Definitely NOT moderate - this is hard. But it is worth it.
The entire trail is somewhat rugged - you really need to pay attention. Lots of opportunities to twist an ankle.

Once again a great hike with absolutely beautiful destinations! Sadly there seem to be more people not taking their trash and other items out with them. Some people left behind an air mattress, shoes, dirty clothes, bottles, cans and other trash. if you hike it in, hike it out or don’t bother going. It is a disgrace that some humans ruin things for others. I would agree that if you were going to have your belongings packed into the canyon for you that you should use the helicopter. There are still several horses and mules along the route that had bleeding saddle sores and other injuries. That stuff aside, it’s a place worth checking out if you are lucky enough to get a permit.

This was the most fun I have ever had. climbing down a cave then realizing I have to climb down using chains and then there's a huge ladder thats wet from the mist of the most beautiful waterfall. I faced my fear of heights. then we take the trail and get to take off our shoes and socks and make our way across the water not once but 3 times on this hike (and 3 times on the way back) when it seemed to never end we got to those final ladders to get up top above Beaver Falls and that feeling you get is just so worth the hike. Amazing view. Amazing feels.
Not ok for kids, adults only

hiking
2 months ago

This is a great adventurous beautiful walk with multiple river crossings along the way, with the water coming to about your knees so dress/pack appropriately for this. The most challenging back of the walk is climbing down the cliff face to Mooney falls. There are craved out foot holes and chains to help you down but definitely not for those scared of heights. Apart from that it is a pretty easy walk and a lovely oasis. Took us about 5 hours from the lodge and back. There are no toilets after the campground though.

backpacking
2 months ago

Great walk down the canyon to supai. You must book well in advance to get a reservation with supai lodge (not sure about camping). It was pretty quite though as mid November and temperature was perfect for walking. Easy walk to the village as it is downhill but the way back to the hilltop is a lot harder as the last 2 miles are constant uphill, so is practically tough if your carrying all your gear from the staying over a night in the village. Just before you get in the village you meet havasui creek which is a beautiful turquoise colour. There are toliets at the hilltop car park but nothing along the trail.

Amazingly beautiful! Life changing experience!
Too dangerous for kids!

Amazingly beautiful! Life changing experience! Too dangerous for kids!

Amazingly Beautiful! Life changing experience! Too dangerous for kids

Life changing experience!

backpacking
2 months ago

Did the full hike with my then 4 year old. No helicopter or mules. The only real way to do it in my opinion. My son descended Mooney falls ladder on his own, however, would recommend against it for other parents as it can be slippery and would be a fatal fall. Not much more to say that hasn't already been said. One of the most epic backpacking trips out there!

Awesome place to be and hike it’s beautiful

See my daughter's (Tara Oster's) review. I did want to add that I don't recommend taking small children due to the remoteness of Supai and scrambling over rocks and ladders to some of the falls. We saw one dad heading toward Mooney Falls (which entails slithering through a couple of short tunnels) with a young child in one of those backpack carriers. We cautioned him that the contraption probably wouldn't fit through the tunnels. in any case, the descent to Mooney is just too risky for a child, so please leave kids at home until they're older - I'd say about age 12, as long as they are fairly sturdy and not whiners. Also, about the helicopter - one young man said he waited in line an hour and a half just to put his name in a list to fly out the following day. Supai residents have priority, so who knows if you really are going to be able to get a lift out. Plan on hiking in and out to get the full experience. A memorable trip in a place few people get to experience! We are planning to return again one day!

This map shows all the wait from the trailhead to Beaver Falls! Beautiful hike if you are lucky to get permits!!!

At first glance,I thought this hike would be an arse kicker, but I was pleasantly surprised. The hike down was harder on me because I have knee issues, but being wrapped in KT tape saved me. Pretty much little to no major aches or pains. In fact, really none at all.

The drive to the trailhead takes about an hour if you’re zooming pretty fast. That said, I would NOT attempt that (driving fast) in the dark due to the elk. I hit the road at daybreak and did just fine.

The parking lot has outhouses (yay!!!) and a place to park your car for however long you need. Don’t leave stuff in sight, there is no security and break-ins do occur. Also, don’t park on the mountain side, as rock falls also occur. Park on the cliff side, even if that adds a bit to your overall hike.

The switchbacks are immediate and slowly, it becomes a relatively gradual downslope hike all the way into town. The hike is easily traversable (albeit hellacious gravel that seems to go on forever), easy to stay on trail, and offers many private spots to rest, snack, or do whatever you feel the urge to. Just make sure you carry all your trash out please.

You come to the “Supai” sign and you’re happy. Hold on a bit longer because “psych”..... you’ve got more to go.

The town of Supai is interesting. TAKE NO PHOTOS!!! New rules mean you will be cited and have to pay hefty fines. This goes for the tribal members and donkey trains as well. Once you’ve left a Supai and are in the waterfall/campground area, it’s fair game (with exception to the donkeys and the men tending to the area).

The bathrooms were lit, well kept and clean.

Campsites are unmarked and hard to come by if you arrive late. Most people pack up and head out early, so the best spots are available early. The good news is that if you get a sucky site, a new one will open up the next day. The even better news, there really aren’t but a few sucky sites.

In October the campground is pretty much in full shade all day. Havasu Falls gets shade around 2:00. If you’re relying on solar for charging, you’ll need to schlep back up to the top of the falls to have some sun for about another hour. It gets dark around 5:30 and if it’s windy, it gets cold.

I have a 15* Nemo bag that served me well. Jetboil is the way to go and I loved my MaryJanesFarm dehydrated food. Make sure you grab a HomeDepot bucket and a lid if you see one available by the start of the campground to store your food, they’re a Godsend.

I loved my time here. It was great to relax and unplug. I ate a lot less than I thought I would, and drank a lot more (hot tea/water/hot cocoa/ coffee).

No alcohol or drugs allowed. Please respect that.
Carry out all your trash and adhere to the principles of “leave no trace”..

No day hikes permitted.

The hike out? I was stunned at how easily I was able to just barrel through the last mile. Make no mistake, it was tough, but I lived to tell the tale! Lol

Have fun!!!

Difficult, but absolutely worth it. Don’t miss the chance to see these waterfalls. The hike from Mooney falls to Beaver Falls is the most beautiful day hike you will find. It is about 4 miles past Mooney.

After passing Mooney, Beaver falls isn’t quite as exciting. But what a beautiful trail that follows along the majestic water with about 3 water crossings. Near the end you’ll arrive at the 1 palm tree to start climbing up, there’s ladders and some rock stairs to help the climb but as always be cautious as the face of the ridge is brittle. The view from the top looking down on to Beaver Falls is amazing! You’ll see a wooden sign and thankfully know you’ve made it. From the sign start your decent to the falls, make sure to pack a suit and a snack, this hike takes about 5 hours, you wouldn’t think that with a short 4.5 mile hike.

Incredible views! What a one of a kind hike as well. It’s not for the faint of heart. There are ladders and chains and a steep decline to the bottom of the falls but well worth it. Be careful descending as it can be slippery with the mist from the waterfall.
HIGHLY RECOMMEND wearing hiking shoes-not tennis shoes- as you’ll need the gripping for the hike.

Such a great adventure! Don't be fooled, this mostly flat hike is long and hard. The ground is either dried riberbed, very rocky, or soft sandy dirt. Not easy on the feet or ankles. Bring plenty of water, and def leave early when you hike out. The last 2 miles can be brutal in direct sun.

So so worth it!! I will definitely be going back. The falls are incredible, the camp site is magical... The water really is that blue. I'm so grateful to have had that opportunity.

Fantastic hike!! Gorgeous views everywhere!!

This says 14.5 miles, which is not accurate. From Hilltop, it is 8 miles to Supai village and another 2 miles to the campground.

It should also be noted in this description that day hiking is not allowed.

Definitely plan your trip in the more moderate temperature months — not in the summer heat! We went toward the end of October. The hike down to Supai starts with about a mile descent before the trail evens out and you enjoy a rather leisurely walk through the canyon to the village. (Trekking poles save your knees on the way down.) We started hiking at approximately 7:30 in the morning, stopped in the village for about an hour, and arrived at the campsite around 2 in the afternoon. The campsite was fairly crowded and next time I will plan on getting to camp mid morning as many people will be leaving around that time to hike out.

We spent our first full day exploring the main Havasu Falls area and relaxing. Be sure to hit up the fry bread stands that are set up just above Havasu Falls!

We went down to Mooney Falls and Beaver Falls the following day. That trail is approximately 7 miles round trip. You cannot get to Beaver Falls without going to Mooney Falls. If you’re afraid of heights, Mooney may be out of the question for you. If you go early in the day, there will be a long line of people traveling down to the falls. You’ll go through two short tunnels in the rock before stepping out onto some steep, cut-in stairs with chains to grip onto. Unfortunately this is very stop-and-go as you’re waiting for everyone ahead of you to navigate their way down. The rock and chains toward the bottom are always wet due to splash from the falls. There are two wooden ladders at the bottom as well that are pretty slick, so watch your step. The hike to Beaver Falls starts out as a spider web of trails, but you’ll eventually wind your way through and end up on the main trail. There are several stream crossings which aren’t deep and offer a good chance to cool down! There are some more ladders to navigate when you’re about half a mile from Beaver Falls, but they’re not too difficult.

We packed up and left camp around 4:30 a.m. on our last day to beat the heat. The hike out is slower going as it’s mostly uphill — especially from the campground to just beyond the village. Then you’re mostly back to leisurely walking, albeit slightly uphill, until the last mile or so. That last mile can be a struggle, so we busted out our trekking poles, and celebrated our decision to leave camp so early. We arrived at Hilltop at approximately 10:30 a.m.

We spent 3 nights at the campground and unless you’re a hiking beast, I would recommend that to most people. Two nights really isn’t enough time to see everything and feel like you got some rest. We did NOT use mules, although that is an option. From the sounds of it, the social media outrage over the treatment of the mules has resulted in them now appearing well-fed, however I can say nothing definitive of how they are actually being treated. I would recommend giving that some serious thought before you decide to use a mule packer and hopefully you will decide against it. I will point out, my 59-year-old mother packed in her own 35 lb pack — down and back — so the young, fit people who used mules have zero excuses. Packing all your own gear in and out really makes the backpacking experience more worthwhile. (If you didn’t actually pack all your own gear, did you really go backpacking?)

What an amazing experience this was. Little over 11 miles to get there carrying a bag over 30 pounds made it a bit challenging but we made it. This place is paradise, the views are just amazing. So much water and green landscapes makes you feel you’re not in AZ. So glad I got to go and cross this of my bucket list... 32.7 miles total round trip!!

I enjoyed the entire hike in and out. the canyon and falls are beautiful and nice to see in person.

backpacking
3 months ago

Great hike!! Every step is beautiful especially when the sun is just rising. Really flat, very easy to do with weight. Even on the way out!

Stayed at Caverns Motel the night prior. It reminded me of Bates Motel, but things got better after we found the restaurant one mile behind the motel. Was actually a pretty cool place to stay. Be sure to take the tour of their enormous underground caves if you have time. On the trailhead at 7:30AM. Arrived at village at 10:30. Easy hike down...even with my 25 lb pack. The condition of the village and over population of street dogs made me sad. You can grab groceries/water at the market before heading 40 more minutes to campground. Stayed 2 nights. Beautiful waterfalls! For those of you afraid of heights (like me), you probably won't be going down Mooney Falls, so your hiking is very limited. Two nights was plenty for me because of this reason. However, if you do climb down Mooney, the trail goes forever and there's lots of exploring to do. Lucky you! Tips: Do NOT wear headphones on your hike. The pack mules STAMPEDE past you with no warning, often unsupervised. Bring toilet paper. Most bathrooms had none. Campground is a city...bring earplugs. Do NOT bring your dog! There are tons of "street" dogs in the village and this is their home. We did hire mules to carry our packs UP...and from the village it took us 3 hours to reach the top. We were done at 11 and on our way home. Note: all in my group are animal lovers so we kept an eye on the pack mules. They looked healthy and in good condition, although we did see a couple of small burn sores. There is NO WATER at the top of trail. There is NO WATER at the corral at the bottom. It's obvious they have water where they live, but it saddened me that they don't have any food/water during the day, especially during the summer temps well over 100. The weather in October was perfect, mostly with blue skies and cool temps for our hike. Because of my inability to crawl down Mooney Falls for more hiking, i think this was a one time trip for me.

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