Backpack to Havasu Falls and the Colorado

Hualapai Hilltop Trailhead - Search Nearby - Added by Bernice Ngo

Explore Grand Canyon’s Blue ParadiseWaterfalls (so many you’ll lose count)Pack light and start early to beat the sun, the climb out is tougherDuration: 20-36 miles over 2-3 days

Havasupai stands for the “people of the blue-green water.” Once you get there, you’ll understand why. The Indian reservation is an isolated area just outside Grand Canyon National Park. Since it’s an Indian reserve, permits are required to enter the area. If you plan to go in the summer, book permits up to three months in advance to be guaranteed a spot, the area gets crowded during holidays.

The trail to Supai (The Village) starts at Hualapai Hilltop. Hualapai Hilltop to Supai is a 8-mile downhill hike. The Village is where you will pick up your permits and maps. From the Supai Village it’s another 2 miles to the campgrounds. The campgrounds are first-come-first-serve so if you want a nice spot next to the creek, then head out early. You’ll want to beat the brutal sun anyways so wake up before sunrise and don’t forget a headlamp. Hiking in the dark can also be a great experience for you to enjoy nature in a different way. The stars are incredible!

After 10 miles you might just want to spend the remainder of your trip chilling next to Havasu Falls. However, if you still have the energy spend the next day doing a day hike to the Colorado River, it’s well worth it! The hike to the Colorado River from the campgrounds is another 16 miles round-trip. Again, start early to beat the sun and crowds. Along the way you’ll come across Money and Beaver Falls as well as many others. In contrast to the hike to Havasu Falls, the trail to the Colorado River is more rustic and less crowded. There’s some scrambling and many creek crossing along the way so water shoes with a good grip are recommended. Remember to bring enough food and a headlamp, it might take you the entire day. It’s a long hike but the view of the roaring Colorado River is worthwhile!

Helpful links for this adventure: Havasupai TribeNational Park Service

Distance

10 Miles RT

Elevation Gain

-2000 ft Gain

Type

Out-and-Back

Activities

Chillin, Camping, Photography, Swimming, Backpacking, Hiking

Adult Beverages
River
Scenic
Cliff Jumping
Swimming Hole

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We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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