Towering cliffs hold a seemingly magical world of breathtaking waterfalls, travertine pools, and blue-green water. Havasu Creek is one of the Grand Canyon's major tributaries and lies about 35 air miles northwest of Grand Canyon Village. No road leads in, but you can hike in or arrange to be met by horses or mules. The canyons and plateaus belong to the Havasupai, who welcome visitors to their canyon home. Before coming out, you need to make reservations to either camp or stay in the lodge. See the tribe's website for how to do this. From the trailhead at Hualapai Hilltop (elev. 5,200 feet), the first 1.5 miles is steep, followed a gentler 6.5 miles to Supai Village (elev. 3,200 feet), where campers register and pay. Lodge guests can do register/pay at the lodge, which is in the lower part of the village. To reach the campground, continue 1.75 miles farther (beyond Havasu Falls). The three largest falls—Beaver, Havasu, and Mooney—all plunge over cliffs of Redwall Limestone within a 2-mile stretch of Havasu Canyon. From Mooney, you could continue to the small cascades of Beaver Falls, 2 miles downstream, or all the way to the Colorado River in a strenuous 6 miles one-way. No camping is allowed below Mooney Falls, so you'll need to travel fast and light.

 
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Expert Review of Havasu Canyon

Active and Adventure Review of Havasu Canyon

Away Travel Expert: Bill Weir
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ActiveExpert Rating 5.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
Camping,Horseback Riding,Trekking and Backpacking
Active and AdventureExpert Tips & Helpful Hints
  • The waterfalls are too far to visit on a day hike. Try to spend at least two nights in the canyon to appreciate the beauty here. Yes, the fees and accommodation costs are high, but it's worth the trip.
  • For more solitude, avoid holidays and weekends. March-June and September-November have the best weather and are very popular. During this time, it's best to reserve far in advance.
  • You can arrange to ride a horse or mule; see the park's website for details. Pack animals carry gear, as you're not allowed to carry more than a small day pack while riding.

Address:
Havasupai Indian Reservation
P.O. Box 10
Supai, Arizona 86435
Parking: always open
Price: 35.00 entry


Visitor Information


Telephone Number: 928-448-2121, 928-448-2141 for camping, 928-448-2111 or 928-448-2201 for the lodge
Email: tourism@havasupaitribe.com
Transportation: foot or horseback
Neighborhood: Grand Canyon
Price Information: 35.00 entry
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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