Travel Diary: Havasupai, AZ

I just came back from my trip to Supai, Arizona! aka land of the blue water. You might have heard of Havasupai from social media as it has picked up quite the popularity recently. Havasupai is home of the Havasupai Tribe, so please respect their home while visiting! This place is a true adventurer’s paradise, and I had so much fun here so I decided to share my experience and tips with you all!

I went at the end of August which is still hot in Arizona. The highs can get up to 100 degrees or more. This time around it’s also mosquito season, so remember to bring bug spray!

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Trail into Town
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Hike into town

Once you’ve decided to go, you’ll need to pick a couple of dates. Due to the popularity and limited permits, you should pick maybe 2-3 dates in case your first choice is booked. Do not go to Havasupai without having already booked your permits. The Natives there check very often, and if you don’t have a permit, they will force you to leave.

Reserving your permit:
Reservations for each year starts on February 1st! And can be purchased on their new website! Be prepared to pay at the same time of reservation! Permits are for the campgrounds, and the person making the reservation MUST be present have an ID at the time of permit pick up. You pick up permits when you arrive into town. (8 miles from trail head)

Fees –
Entrance Fee: $50.00
Camping Fee Per Night: $25.00
Environment Fee: $10.00
Tax: 10%

  1. What to pack – (Think Minimalist, and as light as possible! Don’t bring anything you wouldn’t want to carry.)If you’re not planning on doing any more camping trips, you can rent most of the essentials (tent, backpack, sleeping bags, trekking poles) from REI (Co-Op Members get additional 50% off on all rentals)Adventure 16Outdoor GeekWool Socks (wool socks dry quick & don’t smell)
    Hiking Shoes
    Water Shoes
    Water Socks (I wish I brought these because this would help with blisters)
    Backpacking Backpack
    Day Pack

    Hydration Bladder 2-3L
    Hiking Poles (helps with downhill hiking)
    Hat for the sun/Sunglasses
    Sunscreen
    Bathing Suit
    Toothbrush/toothpaste
    Headlamp (for night time)
    Bug Spray
    Backpacking Tent
    hammock with mosquito net (great alternative to tent. also lighter than a tent)
    Sleeping Bag (if it’s hot, I’d suggest doing without this)
    Sleeping Pad
    Wet Wipes (alternative to showers)
    Dehydrated Food (Mountain House tastes the best, and dehydrated food is lightweight)
    Snacks, Instant Coffee
    Trash Bags (Take your trash with you! There are no trash cans at the camp)
    JetBoil (this will boil your water for food in 30 secs!)
    Utensils/cup for eating
    first aid kit (also moleskin wrap for blisters!!)
    Water Filter (not a must need, but nice to have)
  2. Directions to Havasupai Trail head:
    -I used directions from waterfallsofthegrandcanyon.com and it was super helpful!
  3. Good to Knows:
    -There is no reception as you get closer to the trail head, so I would advise you and your group to do as much communication as you can while you still have phone reception. If you’re renting a car, make sure your friends know what car you’re driving.-There is a fern spring in the campground where you can refill your water. It’s totally safe for drinking, and I drank that water for 3 days without getting sick.-If you want to be super cautious, you can bring a water filter.

    -There are bathrooms around the campgrounds. All of them have toilet paper & hand sanitizer.

    -At the ranger station, just outside of the camp site, you can ask for a free bucket so you can keep your food in it. This is especially helpful because the squirrels here are especially smart and will dig through everything. A squirrel even made a hole in our friend’s tent to steal food!!

    -The delicious Fry Bread stand is walking distance from the camp site, they’re cash only. Other than Fry Bread, they also have ice cold water, soda and Gatorade! But their hours are unpredictable. (see sign below LOL). Be prepared to pay inflated prices! ($8 for fry bread, $5 for Gatorade)

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    -From Trail Head, it is an 8 miles hike until you get into town. And 2 miles from town to the camp grounds.

    -From Los Angeles to Trail Head is a 6 hour drive.

    -4 hours drive from Las Vegas to Trail Head.

    -The first mile is a steep downhill. This will be the only downhill you’ll really encounter, for a while. It’s not too bad, but having trekking poles really help with stability.

    -The rest of the trail is all flat. I suggest starting the hike from trail head at 5-6am to avoid the heat.

  4. How to train:
    -The best trail closest to Los Angeles for preparing for Havasupai is The Bridge to Nowhere. The trail at Bridge to nowhere is very similar to Havasupai because there are uphills, downhills, and river crossings. All of which you’ll encounter at Havasupai.havasupai canyon trail map and village
  5. Waterfalls:
    -There are 5 waterfalls: Havasu Falls, Mooney Falls, Hidden Falls and 50 Foot Falls are closest to the camp ground. Beaver falls is 3.5 miles past Mooney Falls. Just follow the river. It will require river crossings, so wear your water shoes.

-Wear your water shoes when getting into the water falls. There are a lot of rocks on the bottom and wearing the shoes will help with walking.

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Havasu Falls
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Mooney Falls
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Mooney Falls
Beaver Falls
Beaver Falls

-*Warning* – going down to Mooney Falls requires you to climb down very steep and unstable man made steps. PLEASE BE CAREFUL and take your time getting down. It will be muddy due to the waterfall splashing.

 

 

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5. Helicopter:
-The Helicopter is an option if you want to take this into town from trailhead or if you want to take it back up from town.
-It costs $85 per person one way, and allows 1 medium sized bag of 20-40 lbs.
-Natives get priority and they can come anytime they want.
-You’ll want to get your name on the list as early as you can, it is at first come first serve basis. Sign in sheet starts at 10am, but most people arrive anywhere from 5-6am to camp out.
-They accommodate everyone, or until night it gets dark.
-Be prepared to wait about 5 hours for the helicopter.
-They take credit(Visa/MC/Disc), but if you have cash, it’ll make it easier.

Helicopter Schedule:

March 15 to October 15:
Sunday: 10 am to 1pm
Monday: 10 am to 1pm
Thursday: 10 am to 1pm
Friday: 10 am to 1pm

October 16 to March 14:
Sunday: 10 am to 1pm
Friday: 10 am to 1pm

I hope everyone gets to come visit Havasupai once in their lifetime. It’s truly a nature lover’s dream to visit and spend the weekend here. Enjoy! And feel free to message me if you have any other questions!

-LiWo

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