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Havasu Falls in the Havasupai Reservation

Supai, Arizona

4.7/5
based on 23 reviews

Details

Distance

10.4 miles

Elevation Gain

1647 ft

Route Type

Out-and-Back

Description

Added by Jason Hatfield

Havasu Falls will take you on a trek to an oasis of cool blue water and thundering falls deep in the Havasupai Reservation.

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. 

Here is a great guide for everything you need to know for your trip to Havasupai.

Here are some of the key attractions along the trek:

Beaver Falls

Mooney Falls

Hidden Falls

Navajo Falls

Confluence of the Colorado River and Havasu Creek

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    Waterfall
    Swimming Hole

    Reviews

    7 and 10 year olds with 10# packs got down in 4.5 hours and back out in 6 flat. This trip will leave lasting memories for my family, there is nothing like the water down in Supai. Rope swings at Mooney falls was a big hit too.

    We hiked the whole way in with our packs which was pretty tough. You could have your stuff brought in on a mule or just helicopter to the village but we wanted to accomplish the hike ourselves. It made every bit of the falls even more amazing. Blue water, amazing falls, and beautiful views. This is definitely a must do on your bucket list.

    I just did this trip for a second time last week. The initial decent is fairly easy, and the longest part of the hike is flat. But if you backpack in, the last two miles of your hike back to the top are killer. One of the most rewarding things I have ever done. The landscape has changed a lot in the past few years, there are more falls and swimming areas than there used to be (due to flooding). The climb down to Mooney falls is exhilarating and so worth your effort!!

    Leave No Trace

    Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

    Nearby

    Confluence of the Colorado River and Havasu Creek

    Mooney Falls

    Beaver Falls

    Navajo Falls

    Hidden Falls in the Havasupai Reservation

    Camp at Tuweep Campground