Havasu Falls Travel Guide
While it is a strenuous hike, Havasu Falls offers year-round adventure for all types of people. Families, experienced hikers, and novices can experience the magic of Havasu with some advanced trip planning. The weather from March through November is best, but winter trips offer the most solitude. The most popular option is hiking in to Havasu (with pack mules to carry your gear) and camping at beautiful Havasu Campground. You can also acquire transport via helicopter for an additional fee and if camping under the stars is not your cup of tea, the Lodge is a quick two-mile hike from the falls.
You get to Havasu Falls by heading west on Historic Route 66 from Seligman, Arizona or east on Route 66 from Peach Springs, AZ and then taking Indian Route 18, a 60-mile dirt road that dead ends at Hualapai Hilltop (the Havasu Falls trailhead). From the trailhead, it is an 8-mile, downhill hike to Supai Village (where the tribe resides), and another 2 miles to Havasu Falls and the campground. This beautiful hike can be done with or without the assistance of pack mules and you must book a campground or pack mule permit online before you can hike in. There are also limited first come, first serve helicopter flights from Hualapai Hilltop to Supai Village. It is important to know that if the helicopter can't fly you must be prepared to hike out on your own since accommodations are limited and may not be available.
Camping Permits and Reservations
Making a campground or pack mule reservation
- All reservations for the campground and pack mules must now be made online at the official Havasupai Reservations website. They no longer accept phone calls for these reservations, even to check for last minute cancellations.
- Reservations always sell out fast. All 2019 reservations were made available on the website on February 1, 2019 at 8:00am.
- All campground reservations are made per person, per night and are for 3 night/4 days.
- With the required 3 night/4 day reservation, it will cost between $300 and $375 per person to camp.
- No, it is a "camp wherever you want" campground running for over a mile on both sides of Havasu Creek between Havasu Falls and Mooney Fall. This means there are no assigned camping sites and you are welcome to set up camp anywhere within the campground area that is safe and respectful of the land and your fellow campers.
Pack Mules and Mule Rides to Havasupai
- Pack Mules are $400 round trip and one pack mule can carry 4 bags (bags can be up to 32 pounds each). Mules will not carry ice chests/coolers.
- The Havasupai Tribe no longer offers mules rides in and out of Havasu Canyon; they transport gear only, not people. Your only non-hiking option is to ride the first come, first serve helicopter.
- If you want to learn more about Grand Canyon mules rides, check out our page on guided mule rides.
Maps and Directions
The hike or flight to Havasu Falls starts at Hualapai Hilltop. To learn more about getting to Hualapai Hilltop check out our Havasu Falls Maps and Directions page to get information on the best way to travel to Havasupai from various nearby cities.
Hualapai Hilltop is the trailhead for all hikers heading to Havasu Falls and is also where helicopters fly in and out of Supai Village. This part of the Grand Canyon’s West Rim is not as scenic as other areas so you might not have the same jaw-dropping impression at this dusty trailhead that you have at other Grand Canyon destinations. This is one of those trips where it is more about the destination than the journey. Along the trail, shortly before you reach Supai Village, you'll get your first glimpse of the blue green waters of Havasu Creek.
Supai Village is home to the Havasupai Tribe, and you'll see homes, horses, a post office, a café, and a store. This is also the location of the permit office where hikers need to check in before heading to the campground below Havasu Falls. If you have a Lodge reservation, it is located in Supai Village.
There are no roads to Supai and everything is either carried down by pack mules or via helicopter. Provisions are both sparse and pricey, so don't plan on stocking up on gear and food for your trip here. You should definitely bring both a credit card and cash in case you need anything or just want to buy a cold drink in the middle of a hot day.
When you leave Supai Village the scenery starts to change quickly, and it's a flat 2-mile hike to the campground and Havasu Falls. As you follow the trail out of Supai Village it won't be long until you reach your first Havasu Canyon waterfalls. After the flood of 2008, Havasu Canyon went through some major changes. Two new waterfalls were formed from the flood, 50 Foot Falls and New Navajo Falls (the original Navajo Falls is no longer around). These are the first major waterfalls you'll see before you reach Havasu Falls. Below Havasu is the campground which stretches for about a mile until you reach the next major waterfall, Mooney Falls. Mooney Falls is the tallest waterfall in Havasu Canyon and the end of the developed area. From the top of Mooney Falls there is a steep climb (that involves using chains drilled into the canyon walls) to got to the base of the waterfall. From there, you can continue hiking to the least visited waterfall of Havasu Canyon, Beaver Falls. Below Beaver Falls Havasu Creek continues on its long journey to the Colorado River.
Weather and Conditions
Starting from the West Rim at Hualapai Hilltop and traveling to Supai Village and Havasu Falls in the inner Grand Canyon you'll experience quite a bit of variation in weather. The Grand Canyon also has very different conditions depending on which season you travel to Havasu Falls. Make sure you're prepared for your trip by learning more about Havasu Falls weather before you travel.
Hiking to Havasupai
Although there are limited first come first serve helicopter flights to Supai Village, nearly all visitors to Havasupai will take the trail from Hualapai Hilltop. Learn about about what the hike is like and what to expect by reading our guide on hiking to Havasu Falls.
Take a look at our overview of Havasu Falls services to get a better idea of what is available for your trip to make planning a bit easier.
Havasu Falls FAQs
Our Havasupai FAQs section below will answer the basic about Havasu Falls, Supai Village and the Havasupai Tribe.