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, 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).

Havasu Falls Guided Tours (Reservations Included)
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Guided Havasupai Tours allow you to leave the planning to someone else, just show up and enjoy the Southwest's most famous and amazing waterfalls! As seen in Mens Health, the Discovery Channel, New York Times, Boston Globe, Denver Post and more, these trips are some of Wildland Trekking's most popular offerings!

All Havasupai Tours include reservations/permits, gear, food, transportation (from Flagstaff, AZ), professional guides and more! Check out our specific offerings below:

TOUR OFFERINGS

  • HAVASU FALLS EXPLORER TOUR: Our Guides Choice Trip to Havasupai, this tour maximizes time in the Canyon.
  • HAVASU FALLS ESCAPE TOUR: An excellent choice for an add-on to a longer trip to the Grand Canyon, or over a long weekend.
  • HAVASUPAI PREMIER TOUR: Combine a 3-day Havasupai Tour with a night at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon and a day hike on the Park's one must-do hiking trail.
  • HAVASUPAI BACKPACK TOUR: Enjoy a price point trip; we carry our own gear in 30-40 lb packs - 3 or 4 day trips!