This is the only hike I have ever written about that received 5 stars in my hike rankings! Havasupai has everything and is arguably my favorite place on earth! I tell everyone it honestly reminds me of a scene from Jurassic Park. I can’t say I have ever seen such natural beauty, with hiking, adventuring and being unplugged from the world for 3-4 days. This hike can be grueling on the way out but it just adds to the feeling of accomplishment.
The combination of the outdoors, being cut off completely from civilization, the feeling of accomplishment from hiking in and out with a 50lb pack and not to mention the miles of unique beauty are unrivaled. I have been lucky enough to make the trip a few times and each day has been just as amazing as the one before it.
I have hiked all over the world and honestly the combination of all these factors make it arguably one of the best hikes in the world. I have gotten into debates with people who travel and hike more than I do and they were at a loss when trying to name something that was significantly better. Surely Machu Picchu or Everest are next level as well but this hike is a perfect length, a nice long-weekend getaway and gives you unsurpassed beauty.
How do you get a permit or pass for Havasupai Falls?
If you want more see this guide for a complete guide to Havasupai Falls
The hike itself isn’t too bad but if you have a 30-50 pound bag you will definitely be tested, especially on the way out and that last mile back up to the hilltop. Keep in mind that not only will you be hiking 10 miles in and out but you will also hike at least 10 miles while down there to explore Beaver falls or even 20 miles if you go all the way down to the Confluence. Overall you will do 30-50 miles of hiking over 3 days so be prepared!
The effort is worth it though, the main waterfall the hike is known for might be the lesser of the 3 and is definitely #2 on the list. Not to mention that truly the entire area down there uncovers mile after mile of unique views and nature in all of its glory.
When is the best time to go to Havasupai?
After going multiple times I think hands down go in the cooler months. Having gone in the summer, september, late February and March I loved the February and March months much more. Keep in mind the water temperature never changes from around 70 degrees so it will actually feel warmer in the cooler months and colder in the summer.
While sleeping at night is definitely cold, pack appropriately, and the hiking alone is so much better when it is cooler out. The 17.5 miles round-trip to The Confluence and the 10 mile hike out can be excruciating of it is 80+ degrees. Again if you want a complete guide to answer every question about the Havasupai Hike, see this article here for the complete Havasupai Falls Guide.
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Havasupai Trail To Havasupai Campground
20 Miles Out & Back
While this hike is difficult, it truly is worth all of sweat and pain as you go along one of the prettiest hikes in the world. The hike is 8 miles to Supai village and then 2 more miles to the campground from there. It will take around 2.5-3 hours to get to Supai and 3.5-4 hours in total to the campground.
The first 1-1.5 miles down is down a pretty steep decline just a bit less than Phoenix’s Camelback Mountain. With that said you are already in love with the views as you peer across the gorgeous box canyon. While it is not part of the Grand Canyon you wouldn’t know the difference as it is transcendent.
Once at the bottom it is pretty flat with a slight downgrade as you walk down the canyon along a loose gravel/sand path. It can be hot as there is not a shade so it is nice to get an early start. This walk out alone makes you definitely want to go in the cooler months.
For 7 miles you’ll walk through the canyon with plenty of photo-ops along the way. I would take your pictures on the way down because the mood will probably be much less upbeat on the way back.
The hike to the village in itself is amazing with a ton of caves, canyons, overhangs, rocks and more that make it so picturesque along the way. Something lost on hiking to these waterfalls is truly just how beautiful the hike itself can be.
As you walk into Supai there is a small convenience store on your left. You can stop there, or there is another convenience store and a cafeteria style restaurant in the middle of town.
Walking into Supai you will see where to check-in on your right (used to be on the left) to get your camping info and tags. While you check-in for your group your group can always walk down to the convenience store and cafeteria just passed where the helicopter landing is. There’s also a basketball court, worth taking a few shots in one of the prettier basketball locations I’ve ever seen.
Once fueled up in Supai had the last 2 miles down to the campground. As you get closer the creek will appear with your first glimpse of the gorgeus water. 1.5 miles down you will come up to 50 Foot Falls & Navajo Falls on your left.
There are there some secret spots, cliff jumping and more cool sites in the Falls as well if you can find them. With now having 3 nights I would come back to 50 Foot Falls & Navajo Falls the 2nd to last day to explore around and maybe get dinner in town. Navajo Falls is right to the left where 50 foot falls you will have to go up above Navajo Falls for a few minutes.
As you come round the last stretch you will come up to breathtaking Havasu Falls on your right and you’ve made it! Head down the trail to pick you campsite and get ready for one of the best experiences you’ll ever have.
- I don’t know where to start or where to begin. I think my posts on this place speak to the amounts of pros.
- Cut off from civilization
- No cell service
- Feel like you’re in Jurassic Park
- You get to go camping
- Water that you didn’t think would be in this country.
- Miles of natural beauty.
- Feeling of accomplishment.
- None of these “cons” matter.
- It’s one of the toughest things you will ever do.
- Tough to pack food wise.
- Locals aren’t the happiest of campers.
- There isn’t much to do when it gets dark since you can’t have a campfire… it’s peaceful though!
- Havings some drinks to pass the night would be nice.
- It often gets dark in the canyon early so be sure to be up early and get your hiking in.
- Do not hurry back to your campsite each day. As mentioned it gets dark early and there really isn’t much to do at night since you can’t have a fire and packed pretty lightly.
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