Havasu Falls, Mooney Falls, and Beaver Falls [CLOSED]

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Havasupai Reservation

Havasu Falls, Mooney Falls, and Beaver Falls [CLOSED] is a 24.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Supai, Arizona that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking and is accessible year-round.

Length24.5 miElevation gain3,307 ftRoute typeOut & back
BackpackingCampingHikingCaveRiverViewsWaterfallWildflowersWildlifeRockyScrambleClosedNo shadeNo dogs
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INDEFINITE CLOSURE: AS of March 2021, this trail is closed indefinitly. For more information, please visit https://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/havasupai.htm Hikers must get a permit from the Havasupai Indian Reservation for this hike. You must get them well in advance from the Havasupai people. This is a very popular overnight backpacking trip. There are several variations hikers can do, including various falls, the confluence with the Colorado River, and the town of Supai. 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. The parking lot at the trailhead is stunning. 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 on a series of switchbacks. 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 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 they 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 cliffside. 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. Visitors must camp overnight at either the campground near Havasu Falls or the Havasupai Lodge in Supai. Campgrounds reservations must be made to secure a campsite. Some adventurous hikers continue on to reach the confluence with the Colorado River.

The Parking Area is known as Hualapai (Walapai) Hilltop. This is where the trailhead is. There are no permanent services of any kind, i.e. gas, food or lodging - although at times there may be drinks and snacks available from vendors. There is no water available for hikers. Please don't forget to bring water for the hike and fill up your tank with gas. The parking lot is safe to leave your vehicle in, and there is a night watchman that patrols the lot. Please do not leave any valuables in your vehicles, as this would provide a temptation for anyone. There are Portable Toilets

Telephone: 1-928-448-2121 1-928-448-2141 1-928-448-2174 , 1-928-448-2180 P.O. Box 160 Supai AZ, 86435

Stop by the general store to buy a post card to send home. It has to be mailed at the post office which is closed on the weekends. If you plan to leave before Monday, find a trusting local and pay them to mail it for you. That's what we had to do. The Supai Post Office is the only one is the country that still moves the mail by mule. It's the only way to get in or out of Supai with the exception of hiking it or going by helicopter.

The trailhead begins at Hualapai Hilltop. Hualapai Hilltop can be reached at the end of Indian Road 18 which is 65 miles north of Route 66. Beware of cattle and wildlife on Indian 18 - especially after dark! DO NOT use the road that you may see on some maps that comes directly from the South Rim area (Grand Canyon National Park) - that is a primitive road that requires 4-wheel drive, and the drive time takes longer than it takes to use I40 to Route 66 to Indian 18.

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Colin Wolfe
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Thought I reviewed this hike already

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Evelyn Marquez
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One of the best majestic places ever!!! Have been there twice and hoping to go back once it’s back open.

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James Pickren
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This is definitely worth doing at least once because the waterfalls are nothing short of stunning.. It almost doesn’t even look real! I must admit tho, the locals down there are not very friendly, this is likely from having to constantly deal with waves of tourists coming in and out at all times lol. The camp sites are really nice and the drop toilets are a plus but if you’re looking for serenity, this is definitely not the place to go! I prefer being away from crowds when I’m backpacking but you’ll meet a lot of nice fellow outdoor enthusiasts on your adventure there so it’s worth it.. All in all, this is certainly something you must do at least once in your lifetime.. Enjoy!

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Fedi Messaoudi
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I am planing to go there during this Christmas break! I see online it is closed for tourists! Did anyone went lately?

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Joshua Becasen
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Nature tripsGreat!
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Brett Libowitz
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Is it possible to see Havasu now during COVID?

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Alexa R.
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There are no words for the journey you’ll embark on. Gotta see it to believe it in all its beauty!

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Jasmine King
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I tried to get a permit for a couple years and was finally able to go in June 2019. It was such an unbelievably beautiful place. Stuff of dreams.

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Sarah Hunter
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Probably the most beautiful and magical feeling place I’ve ever been- could not get over the seemingly never-ending waterfalls. Watch out for the quick rise in ground water at the campsites- they’re downhill and get flooded quickly!

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Nicholas Papaj
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A must do for hiking enthusiasts although it is much harder to get camping reservations at the bottom these days. The view at the trailhead is amazing and then once you are in the canyon the view looking up are just as good. When you look up to the top of the wall of the canyon you are in and then see the actual Grand Canyon wall beyond that it makes you feel so small, its amazing. After the initial decent the hike is mostly flat with some sandy areas that burn the calves pretty good. Coming out the switchbacks at the end are pretty grueling.

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Hilary Kluczynski
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This was my first ever backpacking/ long hiking experience. Went in Nov 2019. The initial descent into the canyon can be intimidating, but it’s not awful. Very easy to follow path to get into the town. Once you are there, the hike to the campgrounds gets difficult after such a long walk. Make sure you have a steady foot (it did rain when I was hiking in, so it was very slippery). Overall, 110% worth it. Best trip thus far

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Karina Labrum
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The trail is great , for my first time I thought it was a great hike

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Robert Sandoval
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hiked in, flew out via helicopter steep descent into the canyon. flat most of the way until reaching the village. then another steep descent to the campground. not much shade. and not much of an issue since we left before Dawn.

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Emmanuel Garcia
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Has anyone recently visited the area ? I know it is closed.

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Tristan Chilvers
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Chris Nguyen
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An adventure of a lifetime!

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Ali Sullivan
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This was such a fun adventure. The hiking, the camping, the people, the falls. All of it was amazing. Would go again if I have the opportunity. Be mindful where you set up camp. We went May 2019 and had some heavy storms at night and many people had to move their tents due to flooding.

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Michal Halski
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Amazing amazing amazing. Honestly, surreal and can’t believe this is at the bottom of the Canyon! Highly recommend going for a few days.

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Chantel Howard
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Ange ly
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Did this last year on my birthday. Sept 2019, It is an east hike going in, just long since its about 10miles. Just make sure u have enough water and start early to avoid heat exhaustion. We started hiking in and out before 4am and had no problem.

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Kacey Croisant
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The best! One of the most amazing places I’ve ever been!

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Amanda Lamborn
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My #1 hike I’ve ever done. I did this in mid-October 2018. You start by hiking down into the canyon so it’s all downhill and not too hard going in; plus, the view makes time go by super fast (even with 20-40lbs. on the back). There were a lot of bees once you reach the village so be weary of that! Also it rained a lot for a couple of days right before we went so unfortunately the water was a bit brown and some paths were washed out, so bring water shoes and an extra, extra change of clothes! We were waist deep at points, scaling the sides but it was super fun (and we definitely went the hard way)! The waterfalls are gorgeous, and swimming was fun even in the clay infused water. We hiked to all the falls, going to Beaver Falls was like an obstacle course and super thrilling. I would not recommend for people afraid of heights. We did helicopter out, which honestly I’d highly recommend because your legs are ridiculously tired after hiking all that way all those days. If you can afford to stay more than 3-4 days for an extra day of rest, the hike out and back up the canyon would definitely be more doable! If passes weren’t outrageously expensive, I’d absolutely do it again (hopefully someday!)

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Peter Pablo
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This place is definitely a bucket list hiking trip. Well worth the hike the reward once you see the water is priceless. Make reservations well in advance. Begin your hike in and out I. The early morning to avoid direct sun. Highly recommend water shoes, Tevas, etc. for water exploration. They have services to pack your items in and out by burro, horse back, helicopter for an additional fee. Recommend at least a 3 day stay. There is a spring to get drinkable water, a little restaurant type store in the Indian village. This is a must do the waterfalls are unbelievable!!!!

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Maegan Cloutier
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This place is magical, no other way to put it. The permits need to be acquired well in advance or otherwise you can join a tour group for a hefty charge. Make sure to camp out at least 2 nights. And being water proof shoes or Tiva like sandals, many river crossings. Truly wonderful place

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Peighton Ploudre
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Such a fun backpacking trip! Would go back if it wasn’t so expensive. I went in 2016 when it was only $62.

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