Havasu Falls and Mooney Falls Trail

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Havasu Falls and Mooney Falls Trail is a 22.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Supai, Arizona that features a waterfall and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.

DISTANCE
22.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4514 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

cave

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

no dogs

Permit Required 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.

hiking
2 days ago

backpacking
4 days ago

Amazing place. Worth every mile. Give yourself plenty of time and be prepared for some switchbacks! Also the trail is gravel at some points but all in all not extremely difficult.

5 days ago

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camping
12 days ago

Hey all - anyone selling permits for fall 2017? We're just 2 people and flexible with dates. Willing to buy in bulk if you need to get rid of them. Marcieprince10@gmail.com. Thanks!

hiking
12 days ago

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14 days ago

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18 days ago

Hello all!
Anyone selling camping permits for September? We're just 2 people with 1 tent, willing to pay extra if that helps!
Please email jayme.fairbridge@gmail.com.

Thanks!!

backpacking
21 days ago

Absolutely EPIC.
Do your homework, it seems a lot of people go in blind. Doing the research will make for a much more enjoyable visit.

Please pick up your trash too! It seems that some people think this is an amusement park for spring break, with employees to clean up after you. This is someone's home, pick up your shit!

hiking
21 days ago

I keep reading about a permit? What's that about? You need a permit to hike there?

22 days ago

Anyone selling permits for mid/end of October? I am coming with a friend all the way from Europe to see this beauty and keep failing to reach the Havasupai Tourism Office (928) 448-2121. Is there a different way to contact them? I'd appreciate any info! Pls email me chi4ka@hotmail.com. Thank you!

hiking
24 days ago

29 days ago

Ultimate reward at the end of a supremely scenic descent down into the red rock of Havasu canyon. Visits to all three main falls (Havasu, Mooney, Beaver) is a must so plan accordingly. Tip: try to catch a 5:30 sunrise at Upper Navajo Falls: we had the whole falls to ourselves and it was marvellous. We went in the last week of October 2014 and it wasn't overcrowded.

Maybe anyone is selling permits for 26 August 2017? My bf is coming to visit me and really want to let him show the best of USA:)) please let me know if somebody can share camping place, we will help with cost! contact me a.gabrielaityte@gmail.com

1 month ago

Absolutely beautiful! I would give the Falls more than 5 stars if I could! The falls are 1.7 miles apart. There is a spring from Havasu that is .4 miles away. The water is drinkable. The spring is on your way to Mooney Falls. Campground starts after Havasu Falls and ends about a half a mile before Mooney. Getting downs to Mooney is an adventure. You will use ladders and chains to maneuver your way down. Kinda looks like it's from the Gooneys! Bring a tube to float down the creek!

1 month ago

From Hualapai Hilltop there is over a mile of switch back dropping all the way to the bottom of the canyon. From there the hike is mostly inside the canyon. We started at 4am and were at Supai by 7:15am
Another 2mi to the Campgrounds that is through deep sand. There are 4 waterfalls that you can hike to, havasu Falls and little Navajo you see on your way in. Mooney Falls is at the end of the Campground and is a difficult trail mostly because you scale down the mountain using chains and ladders. Beaver Falls is about 3mi from Mooney and is worth the hike with amazing water crossings and views.