Guided Hiking Tours and Backpacking Trips

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Havasupai Camping Reservations
Please Note: The Wildland Trekking Company offers guided hiking and camping tours to Havasupai. We are not authorized to answer general questions about visiting Havasupai, so please only contact us if you're interested in a guided tour. This page is a resource for folks beginning the process of planning their trip to Havasupai.

1. Join a Havasupai Tour or Do It On Your Own?
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Hiking to the Havasupai waterfalls can be done on a guided tour or on your own, so the first question to answer is which option makes the most sense for you. Visiting Havasu Falls on your own requires having camping reservations (elaborated on below), all of your own camping gear, at least a basic understanding of the challenges of desert hiking, meals, a vehicle to get to the trailhead, and getting your gear down to the campground. On a guided tour all of these things are provided, so you can show up and expect nearly everything to be taken care of for you. If you're flying into Arizona to visit Havasupai or if you don't have the experience or equipment to do it on your own, a guided tour is a fantastic way to maximize your experience. Guided Havasupai tours cost $950 to $1500 per person, depending on the duration and style of trip you select.

2. Havasupai Camping Reservations
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If you decide to hike to Havasupai on your own, you'll need reservations. Havasupai camping reservations for the entire calendar year become available on February 1st each year. To make reservations, call 928-448-2141 or 928-448-2121 and keep calling. You can expect a busy signal for hours or even days, but keep calling and you'll eventually get through. When you make your reservations, you will get a confirmation number - write it down and don't lose it.

After you've made your reservations, you're all set to hike down and camp at the Havasupai campground. If you're going on your own vs. guided, you must have all your own camping gear and meals. The campground is an open area near the creek with picnic tables spread around. You can camp in any open area, but you must camp in the campground (no camping is allowed above Havasu Falls or below Mooney Falls).

One Final Note: If you're not able to secure permits, it's due to a massive increase in global demand to visit the waterfalls that's occurred in the last 3-5 years. Guide companies have been blamed by some, which is misguided since guided visitors only constitute roughly 10% of total visitation to Havasupai.

3. When to Go
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Hiking and camping at Havasupai is enjoyable year round! Each season offers its own advantages and drawbacks. Please note the water is always 70 degrees fahrenheit, and the volume of water is consistent year round except when flooding, so the condition of the creek itself is largely of no concern. The more significant considerations are hiking and sleeping temperatures.

Spring and Fall tend to have cooler hiking (good thing!) and cooler sleeping (good thing!) but chillier swimming. Summer tends to have hot hiking (caution) and the nights don't cool off tremendously making sleeping difficult at times. Also in summer (July and August) the monsoon rains set in, which can lead to flooding. Winter is a stunning time to hike any part of the Grand Canyon, as many areas, including Havasupai, are largely empty. However, the days are short and it can be quite cold.

4. Staying at the Lodge
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The town of Supai (8 mile hike from the trailhead) has a lodge. Rates are pretty reasonable, but reservations are difficult to get. To make reservations call 928-448-2111.

The town and lodge are approximately 2 miles from the campground, which is situated along the creek between Havasu Falls and Mooney Falls. There are two waterfalls closer to Supai that are only 3/4 of a mile from the lodge - Lil' Navajo Falls and Fifty Foot Falls. They offer some of the best swimming at Havasupai. The hike from the lodge to Beaver Falls (the lowest waterfall) is approximately 5.5 miles each way.

5. Recommended Havasupai Camping Gear List
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If you're doing Havasupai on your own, you'll need the following gear: backpack (if you're carrying everything it will need to be at least 3500-4000 cubic inches), tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, pillow, camp stove or backpacking stove, cooking fuel, cookware, utenils, knife, can opener, lighter/matches, plate/bowl, cup/mug, water bottles/bladder, headlamp/flashlight. You'll also need a rain jacket, some warm clothes for evenings, water shoes/sandals, wide-brimmed hat, swimwear, and towel.

6. Safety Tips for Hiking the Grand Canyon
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If you join a guided Havasupai tour you'll learn a ton from your guide about how and when to hike in the desert. If you're going on your own, here are some basic tips for hiking in the Grand Canyon: 1) if it's going to be hot, hike early, often before sunup, 2) bring plenty of water and sweet/salty snacks, 3) eat twice the amount of calories you normally do, 4) rest in the shade, 5) if the heat gets too intense, just relax in the shade (for hours if necessary) and wait for the day to cool off before continuing.

7. What do Guided Tours Include?
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Guided Havasupai tours include transportation from Flagstaff to the trailhead and back, all gear except water bottles and headlamp/flashlight, all your meals, Havasupai reservations and fees, transport of gear and supplies to the campground, emergency communication devices, first aid kits, and professional guides.

8. Havasupai Entrance and Camping Fees
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The Havasupai Tribe charges everyone an entrance fee, an environmental fee, and a per-night camping fee. The rates change occasionally, but most recently they were $35 entrance fees, $5 environmental fees, and $17/night camping fees. Those fees are all per person. Helicopter and lodge fees are additional if visitors choose those options.

9. Havasupai Helicopters
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It is possible to ride helicopters in and out of Havasupai, however it's important to understand that the helicopter drops visitors off in Supai, which is still 2 miles from the campground. If you're not staying at the lodge, you will have to transport your camping gear and supplies to the campground.

The helicopter runs exclusively on Sundays, Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays from March 15 through October 15. From October 16 through March 14, they run only on Sundays and Fridays. The helicopters start running at 10:00 AM and continue until everyone has been accommodated, normally until around 1 PM. The helicopter landing pad is 200 yards from the trailhead to the Southwest, and the cost most recently was $85/person per directly (i.e. $170 roundtrip).