Hike to Havasu Falls

How to Get to Havasupai

What's Required to Hike to Havasupai

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To hike to Havasupai, you must have reservations to either camp or stay at the lodge. Day trips into Havasupai are not permitted.

You will also need to be physically fit - it's a 10 mile hike each way from the trailhead to the campground. If you carry your gear down, you can plan on carrying 25-35 pounds of food and gear while you hike. See below for more information on what to pack, and the option of using the helicopter.

Driving Directions

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FROM PHOENIX
Duration: 4.5 hours
Directions:
1. Head north on I-17 and exit onto AZ-69 N at Exit 262 toward Prescott
2. After 21 miles merge onto AZ-89 toward Chino Valley
3. Continue on AZ-89 to I-40 and go west on I-40
4. Take the I-40 Business Exit, Exit 123, toward AZ-66/Seligman/Peach Springs
5. After about 22 miles you’ll see the Grand Canyon Caverns Inn on your left (closest lodging to the trailhead)
6. Keep your eye out for Indian Road 18 heading to the right (north), and turn onto it.
7. Follow Indian Road 18 for approximately 60 miles, where the road ends at the trailhead

FROM LAS VEGAS
Duration: 3.5 hours
Directions:
1. Take US-93 South from Las Vegas and follow it for 102 miles
2. At Kingman, merge onto I-40 E/US-93 S toward Flagstaff/Phoenix and stay on for 4 miles.
3. Take the Andy Devine Avenue exit (Exit 53) toward AZ-66 E/Kingman Airport
4. Turn left onto US-93 Bus S (E Andy Devine Avenue) and continue to follow E Andy Devine Avenue
5. E Andy Devine Avenue becomes E Highway 66/AZ-66, and follow this for appx 50 miles
6. Look for Indian Road 18 on your left. If you reach Grand Canyon Caverns Inn (on your right), you’ve driven past Indian Road 18.
7. Follow Indian Road 18 for appx 60 miles, where the road ends at the trailhead

FROM FLAGSTAFF
Duration: 3.5 hours
Directions:
1. Head west on I-40
2. Take the I-40 Business Exit, Exit 123, toward AZ-66/Seligman/Peach Springs
3. After appx 22 miles you’ll see the Grand Canyon Caverns Inn on your left (closest lodging to the trailhead)
4. Keep your eye out for Indian Road 18 heading to the right (north), and turn onto it.
5. Follow Indian Road 18 for approximately 60 miles, where the road ends at the trailhead

Hiking Directions

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At Hilltop, park and begin hiking on the trail. It switchbacks down for approximately 1000 feet in the first 1.5 miles, then follows a sandy and rock drainage down to Havasu Creek (4.5 more miles). The trail is braided but generally follows the obvious drainage.

Once you reach Havasu Creek (the change in vegetation will be obvious with lots of towering decidous trees), turn left (North) and continue hiking 2 more miles to Supai. Continue into Supai, check in at the Camping Office, then continue another 2 miles to the campground. 10 miles total.

If you have any concerns about the hike, we recommend either joining a guided Havasupai Tour or flying by helicopter (more info below.)

Recommended Havasupai Camping Gear List

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If you're doing Havasupai on your own, you'll need the following gear:

backpack
tent
sleeping bag
sleeping pad
pillow
camp stove
cooking fuel
cookware
utenils
knife
can opener
lighter/matches
plate/bowl
cup/mug
water bottles/bladder
headlamp/flashlight
rain jacket
warm clothes for evenings
water shoes/sandals
wide-brimmed hat
swimwear
towel

Havasupai Helicopters

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It is possible to ride helicopters in and out of Havasupai. The helicopter service is offered by a 3rd party company, not by the Havasupai Tribe and not in any way through this website (read below for instructions on booking the helicopter). It's also 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 either by backpack or by horse.

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).

More Grand Canyon Hiking Adventures

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The Grand Canyon is an extraordinary place, and as amazing as the Havasupai waterfalls are, there are many options for adventure in the Canyon beyond Havasupai. Grand Canyon National Park is home to some of the most unique and spectacular backpacking trips in the world. It also offers stunning views, geologic history, and incredible day hikes for people not interested in backpacking.

Guided Grand Canyon treks include permits, local transportation, meals, gear, risk management systems and professional guides, allowing guests to make the most of their visit to the Canyon, focus 100% on enjoying their experience, and do it all with an increased level of safety and comfort.

GRAND CANYON ADVENTURE TOURS

  • GUIDED BACKPACKING ADVENTURES: these are for people interested in an authentic adventure deep in the Canyon's wilderness.
  • HORSE-ASSISTED TRIP: on this trip to the bottom of the Canyon, guests hike with light day packs and camp near the Colorado River.
  • PHANTOM RANCH TOURS: this tour (limited dates) goes to the bottom of the Canyon where we sleep 1 or 2 nights in the Phantom Ranch Lodge 5 minutes from the Colorado River. Showers, A/C, heat...etc.
  • ALL-INCLUSIVE HIKING PACKAGES: inn-based and camping-based hiking packages provide all-around hiking experiences of the Grand Canyon.