Backpack to Havasu Falls in the Havasupai Reservation

Hualapai Hilltop Trailhead

Trek to an oasis of cool blue water and thundering falls deep in the Grand Canyon.

The Havasupai Reservation is a remote area just outside Grand Canyon National Park, full of blue-green water and dramatic waterfalls.  Despite being an extremely isolated location, camping in the canyon is overwhelmingly popular and reservations are required. On popular weekends you will be sharing the campgrounds with hundreds of others but shoulder seasons can bring some respite. 

The trail to Supai Village starts at Hualapai Hilltop and is downhill the entire way. There is little cover, so lots of water and an early start is recommended; the way back will be even tougher. Once you reach the village you will pick up your permits and maps, any items needed from the small market, and continue another 2 miles to the campgrounds.

After setting up camp, Havasu Falls is a short trip back up the trail and your best bet after a long day of hiking. The following day you can spend time exploring Mooney Falls, Beaver Falls, and the surrounding canyon down to the Colorado River; the full hike is 16 miles round-trip. After Mooney Falls the trail is much more rugged and includes multiple water crossings and some rock scrambling. If you have your camera with you I recommend waterproof protection while hiking in the deeper parts. 

Please be mindful on this trip and make sure you pack out whatever you pack in. Also please be cognizant of animal safety if you choose to use assistance on your hike in. 

Pack List

  • Backpack
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Sleeping Pad
  • Tent
  • Water shoes or Sandles
  • Food & Water
  • Camera & Lens
  • Batteries & Memory Card
  • Sun Protection
  • Water filter
  • Headlamp
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RT Distance 10 Miles
Elevation Gain -2000 Feet
Activities Chillin, Camping, Photography, Swimming, Backpacking, Hiking
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
River
Scenic
Waterfall
Cliff Jumping
Swimming Hole

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Best trip so far

It’s a tough hike; there’s no sign of water for much of the trek. But the reward is worth it- the waters here are stunning. I jumped in as soon as I saw the turquoise water. This is my favorite trip to date. If you want to cliff jump (it isn’t allowed, so do so at your own risk), hike past Beaver falls. Stay on the trail before descending the stairs to Beaver, and you’ll find a rope down on the side of the cliff, overlooking a giant pool of blue water. The water is very deep (perfect for bigger jumps), but be aware the current is also strong.

Beautiful Land

The hike is tough! Very long but very possible even if you aren’t in the best shape. Totally worth the hike, but I️ recommend using the miles for your backpacks or pack extremely light! Do not count on getting food from Supai, they take extremely long to serve food and I️ believe they serve the natives first. Last, take a lot of pictures and get in the water!!!!

Most Beautiful Place on Earth IMO

Been here twice, live in AZ, extremely well traveled, there's just nothing else like it. So many things to say... the most remote town in the continental USA, red desert oasis with kool-aid colored water, literally dozens of world class falls, cliff jumping, star gazing, learning about the culture of the tribe that lives down there, helicopters overhead, mules racing past you, indian fry bread, there's so much to do and you find yourself trying to hold onto what you're actually experiencing. The singular trip tops anything in Hawaii / Colorado / Utah / Yellowstone for me and knowing you hiked in / out on a 20 mile minimum round trip with everything on your back is some kinda sense of accomplishment at the end. I love the Southwest USA.


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