One of the most beautiful places on earth is located on the Havasupai Tribal Reservation which is in Supai, Arizona. The small village of Supai is tucked away in Havasu Canyon. This amazing natural area is home to spectacular a canyon and breathtaking waterfalls that we are going to learn more about today! This area is part of the Grand Canyon Region and words truly can’t describe just how magical it is.
A Truly Magical Place
Many people think that the most magical place on earth is Disney World, but those who believe that probably have never been to Havasupai Falls before! The entire time you are at this otherworldly location, you will be amazed at how special it truly is. The Havasu River, which is a tributary of the mighty Colorado River, runs through the canyon. The waters of the river give off an eye-popping blue-green color that is unlike anything you have ever seen before. In addition to the natural beauty of the area, campers will be happy to find a tribal village known as Supai and a campground that can accommodate up to 300 people.
There are two different waterfalls in this region for you to explore. Havasupai Falls which is a 100-foot waterfall and Mooney Falls, a 200-foot waterfall, are both truly mind-blowing. They are located on opposite ends of the campground. There is an additional waterfall, Navajo Falls, that is located between Havasupai Falls and the village. Those lucky enough to visit them always want to return.
Now that you know about this beautiful remote location, you might be asking how do I get here? For those traveling from other areas of the country, the Supai Trailhead is located 150 miles from Flagstaff, Arizona. The nearest major airport which is located in Las Vegas is 200 miles away. Parking at the trailhead is available at the Hualapai hilltop which is located at the end of highway 18 on the Havasupai Reservation.
The village of Supai and the campground is located in a very remote area and is only accessible by hiking, helicopter, or riding a mule. This journey to get to the campground is all part of the experience. Hiking in is the most popular way to get to the village and other areas of this amazing attraction. From the trailhead, the village is located 8 miles down the trail. In order to get to the campground, you will have to hike an additional 2 miles.
Obtaining A Havasupai Falls Permit
If you are planning a visit to Havasupai Falls, there are some things you will need to obtain. Keep in mind that there is no day hiking allowed inside of the reservation, so if you plan to visit, you will need to stay at least one night. To obtain a permit to hike and camp, you will need to visit the tribe’s reservation website. These Havasupai Falls permits are put on sale at the beginning of each year and they typically sell out in just a few months. So if you want to get yours, you will need to act fast!
Making Havasupai Falls Reservations
The campground which is located on a one mile stretch of the Havasu Creek is a first-come-first-serve type of camp. This means that you can camp anywhere you want to within this location. When making reservations, you will need to provide your personal information. Upon arrival at the trailhead, you will need to provide a photo ID. If your name does not match that of the permit, you will not be allowed access. The tribe allows you to stay at the campground for a period of up to 4 days and 3 nights.
You can make your reservation online or by phone, but know that you will have to pay for the permit in full before your intended stay at the falls. All taxes and additional fees are included in the price of the permit. Payments to the tribe are non-refundable and permit reservations cannot be transferred. As of 2018, the prices for permits are as follows.
- 1-night: $140.56
- 2-nights: $171.11
- 3-nights: $201.67
Note: Prices for the 2019 camping seasons have not yet been released.
Staying At Havasupai Falls Lodge
If you want to enjoy the falls without having to stay in a tent, you are in luck! Located at Supai Village, you will find the beautiful Havasupai Falls Lodge. This lodge is the perfect place to enjoy your stay while taking in all of the natural wonders of the area. While there is no food provided at the lodge, they provide a cozy room that can sleep up to four people.
For those who did not pack all of their food, you can get a bit to eat at Supai Café. Here you can enjoy hamburgers, hot dogs, fries, and very yummy tacos. Also, you can purchase food to carry on the trail with you at the Supai grocery store. Keep in mind that since the village is remote the hours of both the cafe and store can be unpredictable.
Reservations for the lodge should be made at least two weeks prior to your visit. At this current time, the only way to book a room at the lodge is by calling one of their phone numbers: (928) 448-2111 or (928) 448-2201. Lobby hours are between 8 AM and 5 PM daily. Rooms rates are $175.00 per night and a room deposit of $60.50 per night is required. All fees are taxed at 10%. If you need to cancel your reservation, you need to do it two weeks prior in order to get a full refund. For more information on the lodge and what they offer, please give them a call.
Havasupai Falls Weather
Weather is always a concern when you are out in the wilderness. If you are an avid hiker, then you already know that weather can change in a second out in the desert. When planning your visit to the area, you will have to keep the weather in mind. During the summer months, this area of the state can see temperatures above 115 degrees Fahrenheit. When outside temps reach 115 degrees Fahrenheit, outside access to the area is temporarily shut down.
In addition to extreme heat, the area is also prone to flash floods and heavy rains that can make the river swell. If you do experience high water levels, make sure that you stay out of the river and seek higher ground as soon as possible. So if you come here, make sure you bring plenty of water and always keep an eye on the weather reports.
The areas surrounding the Havasupai Falls and reservation are completely remote. Getting off the trail is not recommended and getting lost is a real possibility. There are many wild animals in the area and some are potentially dangerous. Venomous animals are a real threat to human life and you should always be on the lookout for snakes. If you do encounter a wild animal, slowly walk away and give them plenty of space. Never try to feed any wild animal that you come across. In addition to wild animals, the danger of heat exhaustion and dehydration is real. So make sure that you limit your time out in the sun and drink plenty of fluids.
What You Should Bring With You
If you are coming here to camp, you will need to bring enough gear to survive on your own. While there is a cafe and a small grocery store in the village, there are no food vendors available at the Havasupai Falls campground. This means that you will need to stock up on food and water before leaving for camp. In addition to food and water, you will need to bring the following items.
- First Aid Kit
- GPS Unit
- Maps of The Area
- Enough Dry Clothes For Your Stay
- Sleeping Bag
- Bug Spray
- Emergency Whistle
Come Prepared and Enjoy the View
As you can see, this is a truly beautiful area of the country. Not only is a magical place to visit, but it also gives off positive vibes. So if you have a chance to visit this area, you should definitely do so. Just remember to come prepared. It is a great place to spend time with family and friends and you will always remember your visit. So, if you are looking for something new to do this year, why not spend a few days cooling off in these beautiful falls? You will thank yourself if you do!