2023 Havasu Falls Camping & Permit Guide

A complete travel guide to a one-of-a-kind Havasu Falls camping experience with everything you need to know about the trail, permits, campground, & gear.

View of Havasu Falls from above with waterfall cascading into turquoise blue water surrounded by red rock cliffs

Havasupai is one of the most special places I have ever visited. I’ve been twice now and both times I was MIND. BLOWN. Before my first visit, I’d seen photos of the milky turquoise blue waters of Havasu Falls and I knew it was going to be special, but I didn’t realize how incredibly magical this place is. It’s truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

If Havasu Falls is on your bucket list, there are some important things to know before you go. First,you MUST have a permit PRIOR to your visit. Permits are not given out on-site and there is no day hiking allowed. Permits are also very competitive and they typically sell out the day registration opens.

To help you get the best chance of securing your Havasupai Falls Permit, this blog post covers everything you need to know including dates, fees, and more. I also highlight some important Havasu Falls camping information so you can get the most out of your time there.

All of this information has been updated with the 2023 reservation process and fees.

Important Reminder: As it goes in all of the destinations we share, please practicegood trail etiquetteand remember toLeave No Trace. This means packing out all of your garbage (including toilet paper), being respectful to others, and following the established rules.

Permit Process for Visiting Havasu Falls

The Havasupai Tribe closed access to the falls in March 2020 due to the pandemic and has not allowed access since. 2023 is the first year since its closure that guests are allowed to visit the falls.

As I mentioned above, in order to visit Havasupai and Havasu Falls, you MUST obtain a permit before your trip.The permit process helps to preserve the natural beauty of Havasupai and provides the Havasu Tribe with an income.

的最大障碍planning a backpacking trip to Havasu Falls, though, is actually getting a Havasupai permit. In most years, permits sell out for the entire year on the DAY that the reservation lines open. Reservations for the season open on February 1st at 8:00 AM Arizona Time.

妈n standing on ledge above turquoise blue waters surrounded by red rock cliffs in Havasu Canyon in Arizona
The milky turquoise blue waters are a unique characteristic of Havasupai

How to get a Havasu permit

Permits for Havasupai are available on afirst-come-first-serve basis, which is different than a lottery-based system where everyone has a fair chance of winning a spot.

你r best chance of getting a Havasu Falls reservation, then, is to be online and ready the minute registration is open, which is 8 AM Arizona Time on February 1st.

是sure to make an online account atHavasupaiReservations.comanytime before February 1st. Then, on February 1st, log into your account before 8 am Arizona time and be ready to refresh your screen the minute the lines open.

Havasupai permits will likely sell out within a few hours.

How To Get a Havasu Permit in 2023:In 2023, reservations rolled over from 2020 will be honored and there will NOT be any *new* reservations released on February 1st. Instead of the normal process, the online Havasupai Reservation System has a Cancellation/Transfers Page where you can purchase canceled trips. This list is updated daily at 8am Arizona Time. To visit Havasu in 2023, visit the cancellation/transfers page DAILY for your best chance to snag permits. This is how BFT team member Courtney scored permits to visit in April!

Havasupai Permit FAQs

你can have up to 10 people on your Havasu Falls camping reservation. However, there is only ONE name on each reservation and that person MUST be present with a valid photo ID at the time of check-in.

All 2023 permits to Havasupai are for 4 days and 3 nights.

Yes, but only to someone on your Potential Alternate Trip Leader list (which can include up to ten names). You can also transfer all or part of your permit reservation via the official Transfer System at HavasupaiReservations.com for a 10% service charge.

Permits are not refundable or changeable but can be transferred to someone on your PATL list if you can’t make your trip dates.

你can ‘sell’ your permit via the official transfer system located on the Havasupai Reservations website for a 10% fee.

A permit for 3 nights is $395 per person.

Native American discounts are honored at check-in with a valid reservation and identification.

No. Per the official Havasupai Tribe website, all visits to Havasupai and Havasu Falls require a reservation made PRIOR to arrival.No day hiking from Hualapai Hilltop is allowedand even if it was, the falls are much too far to hike there and back in one day.

Tips for obtaining a permit

Getting a Havasu camping permit is very competitive, so to increase your chances, follow these tips:

  • Create your online account before February 1st.你don’t want to waste precious time creating your account the day reservations open.
  • Have flexible dates.Mid-summer is when everyone is on summer vacation, so it’s also going to be the most competitive time. If you can go mid-week in March or late November, then you’ll have a better chance of getting a permit.
  • Remember that Arizona doesn’t do daylight savings time.Double-check what that means for your time zone. It would be a bummer to log in an hour late!
  • Create your Potential Alternate Trip Leader (PATL) list in advance.A PATL is the ONLY person your permit will go to if you can’t make your trip. If you don’t designate a PATL, you risk forfeiting the trip for everyone in your group. You can choose up to 10 Potential Alternate Trip Leaders.

Pack mule reservations

If you would like your gear carried in by a pack mule, you can add your name to a waitlist after you’ve secured your campground reservation. You’ll be notified if the Tourism Board has approved your Pack Mule request. All mule requests must be made BEFORE your trip.

Here’s a rundown of pack mule reservations:

  • Pack mules cost $400 and can carry up to 4 bags with a maximum weight of 32 pounds per bag and a maximum size of 36 inches long, 19 inches wide, and 19 inches tall.
  • Ice chests/coolers are NOT permitted
  • All baggage must be soft-sided with nothing hanging off the outside
  • If you have a mule reservation, you must drop your bags off by 10am at the trailhead and by 7am at the campground
  • If you don’t have a backpacking pack, we saw several people using blue IKEA bags to haul their stuff
  • Try to pack light – you still must carry your gear from the dropoff point to the campground and back, which includes a bridge and a steep hill by Havasu Falls. There are wheelbarrows you can borrow, but we saw many people struggling with too much gear.
  • Don’t expect to get your stuff in a timely manner. We saw people still waiting for their bags at 6pm and having to set up camp in the dark. Similarly, we saw people waiting at the trailhead for 3-4 hours at the end of their hike waiting on bags.

Note:你should be aware that there have been a lot of reports of pack horses being malnourished and overworked. If you’d like to learn more, check outSAVE, a volunteer-based organization trying to end the abuse and improve the lives of these pack animals.

What if you didn’t get a permit?

If you don’t score a permit before they sell out for the year, you may still be in luck. The online Havasupai Reservation System has a Cancellation/Transfers Page where you can purchase canceled trips.In 2023, the only way to get a permit for Havasu is through the cancellation/transfer list.This list is updated daily at 8am Arizona Time, so be online every morning for your best chance at getting a permit.

If there are dates that work for you, but the permit includes more spots than you need, you can sell those extra spots on the official transfer system after you purchase the canceled trip for a 10% fee. When BFT team member Courtney bought permits off the transfer list for April 2023, she had an extra spot which she released back into the system. It was snatched up the next day and the money was refunded to her account within a week.

Woman sitting on cliff edge overlooking Havasu Falls and turquoise blue pool at base

How to Prepare For Your Havasu Falls Camping Trip

If you’re lucky enough to nab a permit, you’ll need to do some planning since the Havasupai Indian Reservation and Havasu Falls are quite remote and you need to carry in and out all of your supplies.

Here are a few tips to help you plan your Havasu Falls camping trip:

1. Have everyone in your group make an online account

While only one name is on the camping reservation, all members of the group must make an account athavasupaireservations.comto confirm that they have read and understood the Havasupai Rules and Laws.

A summary of these Rules and Laws includes:

  • NO cliff jumping
  • NO rock climbing
  • NO littering
  • NO amplified music
  • NO feeding animals
  • NO fishing
  • NO kayaks, standup paddleboards, pool floats, or other watercraft
  • NO alcohol/drugs/smoking(including marijuana)
  • NO fires (aside from gas cooking canisters)
  • NO drones
  • NO nudity or inappropriate clothing
  • NO photos allowed in the villageor of Havasupai tribes members

你canread the complete list of rules here(under “Permits”). There are fines ranging from $200 to $5000 if you get caught doing any of these things or even jail time. Please be a kind visitor and don’t break these rules, ruining it for everyone.

2. Plan your itinerary

Each Havasu Falls camping reservation is for 4 days and 3 nights. It’s best to plan on being at or near the trailhead before your permitted day so you can get an early start on the 10-mile hike to the Havasupai campground.

Here is a suggested itinerary:

Day 0: Arrive in the area & pick up your permit/wristbands

你want to arrive near the Hilltop Trailhead parking area the day before you start your hike to Havasupai Campground. You will need to pick up your official permit and wristbands for your entire group BEFORE you head to the trailhead or start your hike down.

Check-in for all permit reservations takes place at Grand Canyon Caverns Inn, located at mile marker 115 near Seligman. The trip leader must check in for all members no later than noon on the first day of your reservation.

Check-in hours vary by the season but we highly recommend checking in the day before your reservation starts so you can get an early start on your first day.

When Courtney visited in April 2023, check-in hours were from 8-5pm but starting mid-May they were extended to 6am-7pm.Always double-check the hours!

Grand Canyon Caverns Inn checkin for Havasupai backpacking reservations
Grand Canyon Caverns Inn is the check-in location where you will pick up your permit & wristbands

There is no camping or sleeping in your car allowed at the parking area.There is a guard on the road to the trailhead who will check your permits, so don’t try to sleep in the lot. Water is also not available in the parking area, but there are bathrooms. Be sure to fill up your water BEFORE heading to the trailhead.

Options for accommodations include:

  • Closest Cities with Hotels
    • Peach Springs (68 miles/1 hour 20 minutes from trailhead).
    • Seligman (90 miles/1 hour 40 minutes from trailhead)*Note: Grand Canyon Caverns Inn is where you will check in for your Havasupai trip and pick up your permit.They have hotel rooms available. BFT team member Courtney stayed at Supai Motel in Seligman.
    • Kingman (118 miles/2 hours from trailhead)
  • Closest Campgrounds
    • Grand Canyon Caverns RV Park & Inn*Note: this is where you will check in and pick up your permit
    • KOA in Seligman
    • Kingman has a number of camping options
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Day 1: Hike to Havasupai Campground

On the day of your reservation, make your way to the Hilltop Trailhead parking areawith a full tank of gas. The closest gas station is 70 miles away. There is a ranger who will check your permit and wristbands about 5 miles from the parking area. After parking in the visitor’s area, display your Campground Reservation Confirmation Code visibly on your dashboard.

At the trailhead, you can organize your gear and get ready for your 10-mile hike.

The next section has more detailed information on what to expect on the trail to Havasupai Campground.

Woman standing with back to camera looking out over Arizona desert canyon carrying backpacking backpack
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Days 2 & 3: Explore!

Havasupai has five waterfalls you can visit. The two lower falls include Havasu Falls (the most famous one), Mooney, and Beaver. The upper falls include Fiftyfoot and Little Navajo Falls.

Spend your days exploring these falls (remember, no climbing or jumping) and relaxing in this beautiful spot.

Some people hike all the way to the confluence of the Colorado River, where you can see the turquoise water of Havasu mixed with the muddy brown water of the Colorado. This is a LONG day – 16.5 miles roundtrip from the campground – so only attempt the confluence hike if you are fit and prepared.

Two people walking through water at base of Havasu Falls

Day 4: Hike back out to the Havasu Falls Trailhead

On your final day, pack up camp and start your 10-mile hike back to the trailhead. If you are visiting in the summer, you’ll want to get a very early start (like 4am) or wait until the late afternoon to beat the heat. Even in April with temps in the mid-80s, people were typically hitting the trail by 5am to beat the heat and sun exposure.

If you’d rather not hike out from Havasu, there’s a first-come, first-serve helicopter that leaves from Supai village.From March 15 to October 15 it flies on Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays, and Mondays, and the rest of the year it only flies Sundays and Fridays. It costs $100/person (tack on a $10 fee if paying by credit card) and it’s not guaranteed you will be able to use it. Locals get first priority and the helicopter doesn’t fly in bad weather. You are allowed to bring one bag on the helicopter up to 40lbs.

When BFT team member Courtney visited in April 2023, she chose to take the helicopter out to save time and energy for the drive home. She started the hike to the village at 5:30am and was #9 in line for a ride out.

Flights begin around 10am so be prepared to arrive early and wait around. The helicopter takes 6 passengers at the time, and based on the number of locals, she ended up on the 3rd ride out of the day, arriving back to her car by 11am.

I imagine if you’re trying to fly out in peak summer heat, you need to arrive even earlier and be prepared to wait for hours. They will continue flying until everyone is accommodated or until it gets dark.

Taking the helicopter was a unique experience (what other backpacking trip can you take a helicopter out of?!) with stunning views of the canyon, but always be prepared to hike out in case you can’t make it on the helicopter.

Organize your camping gear and supplies

For your 4-day 3 night trip to Havasupai, you need to pack in AND OUT all of your gear and supplies. This includes food, supplies, trash, and camping gear. Water is available at the campground.

There is a small store in the village of Supai where you can get basic snacks and drinks, but don’t rely on supplies here.

Camp site at Havasupai Campground with tent set up, gear laid out on picnic table, tarp over table, and bag hanging from tree

Havasupai Hiking Trail Guide

Part 1: Hiking to Havasupai Campground

  • Distance: 10 miles one way (8 miles to Supai Village)
  • Difficulty:Moderate-Hard
  • Elevation Change: -2,400 feet
  • Time Needed:4-6 hours

The total distance to the Havasu Falls campground is approximately 10 miles one way and the trail begins at the Hualapai Hilltop parking lot at an elevation of 5,200 feet.

Immediately, the trail begins a 1,000-foot descent over the first mile, dropping you into Havasu Canyon. Once you reach the wash, the trail follows a dry river bed for the next 6.5 miles, gradually dropping another 1,000 or so feet until you reach the village of Supai at mile 8.

Note: there is no water available at the trailhead or on the trail, so make sure you pack enough to make it to the campground.

The hike on the way in is long but not too difficult and the initial descent is on a well-maintained series of switchbacks. Once you are in the dry river bed, the hiking can be a bit slow due to the sandy gravel, but the trail is very easy to follow.

If at any point you think you’ve lost the trail, just keep following the river bed until you meet back up with the path.

At mile 8, you’ll enter Supai village. No photos or videos are allowed in this area and there are signs asking you to wear a face mask throughout the village. Please be respectful and obey the wishes of the locals. Once you pass through the Supai village, it’s another 2 miles and a couple of hundred feet down to the Havasupai campground.

Sandy Havasu Falls trail through canyon in Arizona
The trail into Havasupai is easy to follow and not overly challenging (although long)

Part 2: Optional Day Hike to Mooney and Beaver Falls

  • Distance: 7 miles round trip
  • Difficulty:Moderate-Strenuous
  • Elevation Change: +/-1,200 feet
  • Time Needed:5-6 hours (not including time at the waterfalls)

I recommend hiking down to Mooney Falls at a minimum during your visit to Havasupai, but if you have time for a full-day hike to Beaver Falls, it’s well worth your time.

The hike down to Mooney Falls is challenging, very steep, and requires the use of chains for support and ladders. Take your time, and don’t feel rushed by other people. You’ll be proud of yourself when you get to the bottom, and in my opinion, going down is scarier than going back up.

Ladders going down steep rock cliffs to Mooney Falls in Havasupai
Ladders down to Mooney Falls

Once you’re down there, the trail continues to Beaver Falls. It is stunning with way fewer people than you’ll find around Havasu Falls. Pay attention to the trail since it crosses the river a number of times.With a leisurely pace, the hike to Beaver Falls takes about 5 hours round trip.

It has a few steep sections but is fairly flat for the majority of the hike. You can’t miss Beaver Falls when you arrive. There is a sign and sometimes a ranger is present.

Tip:是aver Falls is an amazing place to take a dip, so if you want some sun for your swimming excursion, get there earlier in the day before the sun goes behind the canyon wall.

Cascading blue waters at Beaver Falls in Havasupai Arizona
Mooney Falls

Part 3: Hiking Back to Hualapai Hilltop parking lot

  • Distance: 10 miles one-way
  • Difficulty:Strenuous
  • Elevation Change: +2,400 feet
  • Time Needed:5-7 hours

The hike back out to your car is a bit more challenging than the hike into the campground. By the time you reach the climb at the end, it’s likely that you’ll be a bit tired. Make sure you have plenty of water and snacks for the return.

Also, there is very little shade on the trail, so depending on the time of year, the hike out can be deathly hot. That extreme dry heat can suck the life right out of you, and even in March when the temps were in the mid-80s, it was quite hot hiking out.

If you are doing this hike in summer, plan to start the trek out in the very early morning, like 4am early, or stay and swim and hike out in the early evening.Just make sure you have enough batteries for your headlamp in case you get caught in the dark.

If you do decide to stay and enjoy the falls and hike out later in the day, it’s definitely worth a stop at Navajo and Fifty Foot Falls. Both are lovely, and there are also some private areas you can swim in along Havasu Creek.

For more information on all of thedifferent waterfalls in Havasu Canyon, head over to this blog post.

Havasupai Lodge:If you’re not a camper, there is a lodge in the village of Supai. You still need a Havasu permit to stay at the lodge. To make a Havasupai Lodge Reservation, use the online HavasupaiReservation.com system.

Havasu Camping Guide


The camping area at Havasupai is about a mile long and sits between Havasu Falls and Mooney Falls. Do not expect solitude at the campground – Havasu is CROWDED and you will have neighbors. Campsites are first-come-first-serve and are scattered throughout. If you are concerned about getting a prime campsite, get an early start from the trailhead. We also saw many people move campsites on morning #2 after early risers left the campground to hike back out.

A majority of the sites are right on the river that runs through the campground, and most of the sites have picnic tables. It’s also important to note that there are campsites on both sides of the river, although access can be a little tricky with limited footbridges to cross.

两次我参观了Havasu下降,人群似乎ed thinner the further down the campsite area we walked. The only disadvantage of being nearer to Mooney Falls toward the end of the campground is that the water spigot where you fill up your water bottles is located near the start of the campground.

The campground is also hammock heaven with tons of trees to swing from. I slept in myENO DoubleNest Hammockfor the first time ever on this trip and it was perfect. If there’s a chance of rain, don’t forget to bring a tarp if you plan on sleeping in a hammock.

Tent set up at Havasupai Campground at night with twilight skies overhead
Our campsite at Havasupai


有一个re four composting toilet facilities evenly spaced throughout the campground and they were surprisingly clean with plenty of toilet paper. There are NO showers. Please use the toilets provided to ensure the area stays pristine for others’ use.


Campfires are not allowed in the Havasu Falls camping area or anywhere in Havasupai.

There is potable water available in the Havasupai campground. You will need to bring vessels to transport your water back to your campsite. If you don’t want to constantly walk back and forth to the spigot, we recommend bringing acollapsible water container.


Watch out for marmots.They are sneaky and will get into your food if it’s left out where they can get to it. When you leave your camp to go for a swim or a hike, make sure to hang it or store it safely. Bringing a bear canister is easier than hanging your food in a tree.

Woman hanging food bag on tree at campsite
Keep food away from wildlife by hanging it in a tree or stashing it in a bear canister

Havasupai Camping Rules

When you are camping in Havasupai it’s important that you:

  • PracticeLeave No Tracein order to keep the campground and the falls clean for everyone to enjoy.
  • 是respectfulof other campers and watch your noise at night. It travels fast in the canyon and is an easy way to get on your neighbor’s bad side. Quiet hours are from 8pm to 5am.
  • Use the restroomsrather than going outside your tent.
  • Pack out all of your trashand don’t leave your trash in the bathrooms for the campground staff to pick up. All trash left behind must be sent out via helicopter, so it’s much easier if everyone does their part to carry everything out that they brought with them.

For a full list of what to bring, head over to ourHavasu Falls Packing List blog post.

The Best Time to visit Havasu Falls

The best time to visit Havasu Falls depends on what you want to do there. Do you want to swim? Or do you want to avoid the crowds? Here are the pros and cons of visiting Havasu Falls for the different seasons:

Spring or Late Fall

  • Pros:Fewer bugs and fewer people
  • Cons:Variable weather could mean less than ideal swimming temps. One year I went in March and had swimming weather (80 degrees) during the day and very cold nights (40 degrees). On my most recent trip in May, it rained and was not suitable for swimming until the last day. The plus side of this is that the hike out (which can be unbearably hot) was very tolerable.

Summer or Early Fall

  • Pros:Hot weather means you can sit and hang out in the water all day
  • Cons:Hot temps mean hiking could be miserable and potentially even dangerous. In the heat of summer, when Havasu Falls is the busiest, people get up at 4am to begin the hike out. Summer is also monsoon season with flash floods being most likely from mid-June to late September.

A note about monsoon season: Monsoon season in Arizona typically runs from mid-June through September. Havasu Canyon has historically seen flooding, including dangerous flash floods. Be prepared by checking the weather forecast, complying with rules and regulations, and checking in at the tourist office before you head to the campground.

妈n standing on trail in Havasu canyon surrounded by lush green vegetation and tall red rock cliffs

I hope this guide helps you plan an unforgettable trip to Havasupai! It’s one of my favorite places I’ve ever visited for its beauty and magnificence. lt’s truly a special place.

What questions do you have about planning a backpacking trip to Havasupai? Did you get a Havasu Falls permit this year? Leave a comment below!

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      1. Good afternoon,
        Great read! I have been trying to call to make a reservation at the Havasupai Falls camp grounds. I’ve called everyday for the last three weeks but can’t get through. Do you have any suggestions on how to get through and actually make a reservation?

          1. Just thought I would let others know that I got through today and they confirmed they are completely booked for the rest of the season. PS thank you for your wonderful guide

          2. The 4 of us in our family sat down in a coffee shop, each with our computers. When the exact date/time came, we all just kept trying to reserve, like calling for concert tix. The website was acting funny, probably because of the volume on it. Just when we were about to give up, we got a confirmation. As much as we tried not to double book, it happened. We had to pay about $150 to transfer the extra reservation (someone else has to pick it up). Not a problem since the demand is high, but we were out $150.

        1. 嗨!
          Just thought I’d let you know that we have been trying since the beginning of February to get a reservation for April 15-17 but they have been fully booked. We kept calling and lucked out; when I called on Friday (April 8) there had been a cancellation and we were able to get a reservation! So keep calling…it may be worth it!

      2. Kristen, I’m terrified of heights so I’m wondering how scary Havasu would be for me. Are there many heights?

  1. 感谢这个有用的信息!我遇到了这个blog post after seeing some of your Havasupai pics on ig. Beautful photos! I’m hoping to go in June but wasn’t able to get a reservation. Yet. I’ve called them everyday this week and will keep it up. Ill reference this post again before I go. I cant wait to explore your blog more. Happy travels to you!!

    1. Kim – It’s great to connect with you! Please keep me posted about whether or not you are successful getting a permit for June. I imagine that is one of the busiest times of year, but my fingers are crossed for ya. Once you start planning in more detail, let me know if you have any other questions. Thanks so much! Kristen

  2. 你have a wonderful blog. Your writing style is very engaging. You also write with your reader in mind, which is not always the case with blogs. I was thinking of doing this trip spontaneously next week, but after reading this, I’m thinking that permit availability will kill that idea. Oh well. It’s not going anywhere. P.S. I’m the guy that met you and bRad at Gaylor Lakes before you headed south on the JMT last year. You had good timing. Permits are hard to come by this year for the JMT. Though, I’m planning on doing a few sections where permits are easier to obtain, and dogs are allowed. And just so you know, I am reading, and re-reading your JMT reports for planning purposes for good places to camp. Your write up on the JMT was excellent. Hope you are doing well.

    1. Hey Brent! So nice to hear from you! Maybe give the Havasupai office a call anyways. You never know. I made my reservation less than two weeks in advance, but as summer gets closer, I’m sure permits are harder to come by.
      I really appreciate the compliment on my write-ups! I really try to make them informative so people can replicate the adventures on their own. I am also hearing the same thing about permits this year, but honestly I think it’s a good thing that they are revamping the system. There were a lot of places last year where the trail was pretty crowded and that really detracts from the wilderness experience. What sections are you going to do?
      Thanks again for your support here. Remind me what your photography facebook page is again? I’d love to get some tips from you as I’m really trying to improve my skills this year.
      Cheers, Kristen

  3. I am planning on doing the Ansel Adams section as that is dog friendly. I also intend to do the Bishop loop from North Lake – South Lake which takes you through Evolution Valley and over Muir Pass. Beyond that, I am not sure. I am considering Sonora Pass – Tuolumne Meadows. At this point I am planning on HYOH – hike your own hike. Which translates to solo hiking. I have done extensive hiking in my day, but not too many overnight solo trips. So I want to some shorter trips and make sure that I like it, and am comfortable traveling that way before taking on a longer trip.
    I do not have a photography FB page. Just a website, which is: brentdavisphotography.com
    I’d be happy to offer some mentoring. Let me know when you are in the proverbial neighborhood and we’ll make it happen.

    1. That sounds like a great itinerary. And going by yourself will be liberating I’m sure. I haven’t done too much solo hiking except for a handful of day hikes. I’ve also thought about doing a solo backpacking trip…probably to somewhere not too isolated at least till I’m comfortable. Please let me know how it goes! And thanks for sharing the link to your website. I’m looking at your site now. AMAZING! I especially love your night photography…that’s something I really want to improve on. I still can’t quite grasp how people get shots with so much color in the night sky. Like this one:http://www.dawndavisphotography.com/Brents-Photos/Panoramas/i-KB6gvz7/AWhat time of night was this taken? And what kind of camera and wide angle lens do you typically use? Thanks Brent!

  4. I am so jealous! I’ve been wanting to do this.Are there backpacking destinations to travel further into the canyon?

  5. Hey Kristen:
    I love the follow up to your previous Havasu post: lots of helpful information packed in ways making my mouth watering to get out and check it out!
    I also like your recent redesign in the header area. Can I ask, who was the designer that came up with the design? If you like, you can let me know via my e-address rather than in public post here.
    Super awesome as usual.

  6. 很高兴我遇到这篇文章!仍有a few things i didn’t know about, like being able to camp near the parking lot, which I was trying to find out about. I’ll be heading out there next week. So excited!

    1. Cindy – Great connecting with you and thanks so much! Get ready for an amazing weekend. That place is heaven! If you have any other questions, please feel free to reach out. Thanks! Kristen

      1. Thank you for this post! It is very informative! I am thinkin about hiking in March with my two kids who are extremely active and athletic. I am concerned about the hike out for my 7 year old though. Do you know if there is an option to hike in and then helicopter out?

  7. Thanks for the great info! I enjoyed reading your blog very much! I backpacked Havasupai 15 years ago when I lived in AZ and swore I’d come back again one day because it was so magical. We were able to hike all the way to the Colorado River which was especially wonderful. Although I live out East now, I am finally making it back this year!!
    My only concern about our trip this year is the time of year we are going. We couldn’t get reservations until Nov 8. I am not concerned about the weather (cold doesn’t bother me, though it will be a bit of a bummer if it’s too cold to swim, but that’s not a priority). I am more concerned about the photography. Do you know if the trees will be all brown and the canyon in shadow due to the low sun angle that time of year? Last time I went in April and I just remember how awesome it looked to have the contrast of the green leaves against the red canyon walls, aquamarine water, and bright blue sky. I was hoping we could still get that in November. Any thoughts or knowledge on how different it will look in November?
    Thanks in advance for your advice! It’s very cool of you to use your blog to help others have amazing experiences outdoors!

    1. Kim – Thanks so much for checking out my blog. I didn’t get to hike to the Colorado River…next time for sue!
      I actually think November will probably be a nice time to visit. The campground will probably be empty which is a plus. I’m not sure about the angle of the sun though. I’m sure you’d at least get a couple hours of sun in the canyon for some primetime photos. Many of the trees hadn’t yet bloomed when I went this year and it was still very pretty.
      Excited for you to return there and hope you come back and share some pics with us! -Kristen

  8. wow, thanks for the tips ans updates, we will go this summer in july. I did not get a reservation yet because it’s full, but I will try every day ! We will get there and take a chance anyway. Hope it will ne ok ! It doesn’t matter for us to pay extra charge. It’ such an amazing place ! I went in july 2011 in the lodges. I’m just hoping we won’t have to go back up the same day…

    1. 嗨! i just was wondering if you got a reservation and if not did they let you camp? Planning on doing the same!

    2. Hello, my group of friends have 3 lodges reserved and I could not get a permit it’s all full. I’m wondering what are my chances of getting a permit that same day? Don’t mind paying the extra fee just don’t know if there would be any available? Also, option B what are the chances of just blending in with the larger group?
      Any advice is greatly appreciated!

      1. Hello! We haven’t heard of anybody getting a permit on the same day but according to the Havasupai website, it is possible they will just charge you double. Personally, we don’t know the chances of this working or of anybody having this work for them. I would strongly recommend against “blending” in with a larger group.

  9. Great blog! I’m not used to having to pay this much to camp, but with how beautiful this place is, I’m sure it is worth it! How many days/nights would you recommend staying?

    1. Thanks Lindsey – I totally agree about the paying to camp, but Havasu Falls is definitely worth it. I stayed 3 days / 2 nights, which gave us time to hike to Beaver Falls. Next time I might stay three nights. It was that good! Have fun out there! Kristen

  10. I’ve been looking for a swimsuit similar to the blue top and black bottom one in your photo. Would you mind telling me where you got it? Thanks!

    1. Hey Jen – I got it at Macy’s. I believe it’s made my Jessica Simpson. The bottoms were purchased separate and just a basic black bikini bottom. Thanks for stopping by! -Kristen

  11. What wonderful information! It will save me endless phone calls to the reservation office!
    你r information on timing is making me rethink the time of year we’d planned on going–late May. When you were there, how was the water temperature? Ok for swimming? We’ve got a couple people in our party who don’t handle heat well, so March or April would probably be better. Thanks!

    1. Angela – The water was chilly but still swimmable in April. I’m pretty sure the water temperature is constant year round. May would definitely be nicer for swimming, but you’d want to get up early on your last day and hike out before the heat sets in. Thanks so much for stopping by, and if you have any other questions, just let me know. Thanks! Kristen

  12. I am happy to report that my persistent calling paid off and I was able to get a reservation for the end of June! I called every few days for the past couple of months. I started to feel like a jerk but I am glad I kept calling.
    I was curious about camping at the trailhead? Did you see alot of campers up there? I have heard from someone else that its a really small parking lot with limited parking spaces and no room to camp. Have you seen motorhomes parked there? There are 6 of us coming from CA so I think taking a camper is best – no camp to break down early in the morning before we hit the trail.
    This post is the best resource I gave found for everything Havasupai! Thank you so much for putting it together! And I’m going to reference some of your other posts to prep for the trip.
    Also, who makes your sleeping pads? A float by day, a sleeping pad by night. Genuis!

    1. Kim – That is awesome news! You are going to have an amazing time. As far as camping at the trailhead, there is only a very small campsite. I dont really recall seeing any RVs in the parking lot, but I would assume that is fine. You could always call and ask. Alternatively you could get a hotel in Boulder City or Kingman and stay there the night before and just get an early start on the road.
      Sleeping pads – Check out this post I wrote on how to choose a sleeping pad. Any of the thicker ones should float. The only one I know doesn’t float out of these is the ProLite://www.kst-corp.com/best-sleeping-pad-for-backpacking/
      Hope that helps and let me know if you have other questions. Thanks! -kristen

  13. Thanks for posting this!
    I, like many people above, am still trying to secure a campsite reservation. If anyone has a reservation in August they wouldn’t mind sharing…
    你r post is the only one that Ive found that references the campground by the parking lot. Is it simply a first come, first serve kind of deal, or is there a place to make reservations? Thank you!

    1. Morgan – I believe it’s first come first served. But you might ask the camping office when you call to get your permit, since I’m not 100% sure. Thanks for swinging by and glad you found the guide helpful! -Kristen

  14. 嗨Kristen, my husband and I are backpackers from Brazil and are intending to go camping in Havasu but we could not get the permit. We tryed the phone call for many times, and also some friends of us that live in the US. My husband is completely convinced that in case of arriving there without a permit we are supposed to camp anyway. Do you think it is possible(we now we are being taxed in double)? Or there is a risk of being asked to walk back? I’m afraid but he ins’t…hihihihi!As we do not know if we are coming back soon to the US this is our life opportunity…thank u so much…best regards, J.

    1. 嗨! Unfortunately I can’t really say for sure since I don’t have experience with this. I do know if there is room, they charge walk-ups double. I would presume that they hold a few sites for walkups, since hiking back out in one day would be very difficult for most people. BUT, you shouldn’t take my word for it. I would recommend calling them directly to ask. In the mean time, I’ll try to dig around on the net, and if I can find any more info, I’ll let you know. Thanks and good luck! -Kristen

    2. I’ve heard that if you keep calling maybe every few days or so that it’s possible that you could eventually get in. Who knows, some people might call and cancel and that opens up some spots. Definitely worth a try.

  15. Hey! My husband and a few friends are planning our trip and wondering how long it took you to hike in and hike out respectively?

    1. 嗨Lauren- That’s awesome you are going to Havasu Falls! If I recall correctly, I think it took about 4-5 hours each way, including breaks. Have fun and let me know if you have other questions! -kristen

  16. Love this article. Learned a lot from your JMT stuff and this is the same caliber.
    I dont like to do the same places twice as long as there are new places to go, but this was amazing. The hike back is actually really challenging and I found those switchbacks more difficult then any that I did on JMT (though I didnt make it to Golden Staircase)
    One other thing to not is the wandering dogs. They are nothing to worry about when you are camping, but something to worry about with foods. There was a pack of strays in town we were told to watch out for. I love dogs and had no issues, but fit people afraid of them, it is somethinf to be aware of. You also need to be aware of the burrows traveling along the road. We brought bandanas to put over our faces and had to listen for them.
    The places was amazing though. I downloaded some music from the tribes originally based jn AZ area and listened to them (with 1 earplug) and it really kept me in the mood. We slept jn the car and left really early to avoid the heat, even though it was pretty cold at the parking lot.
    Mooney falls climb down is intense. I cant wait to go back with my gopro…

  17. Hey I have a question about the permits. Can you get the permits directly from the reservation or do you have to do it through the Grand Canyon national park service? or Both? it was a little confusing when I was reading about it on another site

  18. 嗨I was getting a little confused on the permit situation on the website. Do we need to get a permit with the office and one of the back country permits from the Grand Canyon service office?

    1. Hey Tori – You only need to get a permit from the Havasupai tribe. You do not need a permit from the National Park Service. Hope that helps clear things up! -Kristen

  19. 嗨Kristen- My husband & another couple have been talking about doing this hike, but i was wondering if its possible to hike the North to South Rim & do a detour to Havasu Falls – I have been trying to look at maps to figure it out, but geography has never been my stong suite. Any suggestions!

    1. Rachel – You can’t hike from the Grand Canyon to Havasu Falls. If you had a car waiting for you at the South Rim you could drive to the Havasu Falls trailhead but it’s still about a 4 hour drive. On google, to find the trailhead for Havasu Falls search for Havasupai Campground Parking Lot. Sounds like an epic trip either way!

  20. U mentioned no campfires in the campground. So how are we going to cook food? Did u bring pre-made food?
    What did u use to prep ur food?

  21. 嗨!
    我打算停止havasu天/近了t in November. I called but was told they’re completely booked solid for the remainder of the year. So if we came just to walk down for the day and potentially sleep in the car that night that would be an issue? I had noticed that you said no day hiking was allowed. This has been on my bucket list for forever and I will be heartbroken if I can’t see the falls!

    1. 嗨Kristian – Unfortunately the falls are located pretty far from your car. You are looking at a minimum of 9-ish miles to the first falls, so I’m not sure it would be realistic to make it all the way down there and back to your car in one day. Additionally there are rangers out there checking permits. My advice would be to keep calling back and see if there is a cancellation in hopes that something will open up. It says on their website that if you show up without a reservation, you will be charged double. But I haven’t heard from anyone who has experienced this. I’m sorry I don’t have better news for you. On the bright side, they told me they were full and I was able to score a permit by cancellation. So my fingers are crossed for you!

      1. Hello,
        I also want to go in november, but the camping is full.
        Do you know any camping near by so we could plan a full day of hike to the Falls?
        Thank you!

        1. 嗨Simon – They don’t allow day hiking to the falls, and frankly for a majority of hikers, it is way to far (almost 20 miles) to try to accomplish in a single day. My advice is to keep calling back in hopes of scoring a permit that someone cancelled or try for a later date. Hope that is helpful and good luck. -Kristen

    2. Hey Kristian, my hsband and I are also planning going there without permit and stay at the campground. I’ve searched on the internet some people who went down and could stay. Also talked to a couple who did a day hike and payed 44$ each. It’s a hard trail to go and get out at the same day but I guess it worth life…kkkk….we are going down on the 26th sep…good luck

      1. Hey Joanna , I would to know finally how yours trip without permit???? I will going there without too.. My friend is a sick and does not have time to wait until next year for permit .

  22. Not tryingto be negative, but you are taking a big chance here. This is jot Yosemite where you show up and get lucky at trail head with a permit from friendly park rangers and can stay in a local town or just drive home when you are rejected. You sleep in a parking lot which is very cold (very steep switchbacks as soon as you leave parking lot). There are signs everywhere that say no day hiking. Then you hike 8 or so miles to the town where you can try for a permit. If the answer is no, you are stll a couple miles from the first really nice waterfall. If you get told no, that is a tough hike back with the last mile being pretty brutal. If you keep going to falls, that is 2 miles, some time playong in the water, then hiking back up 2 miles to get a permit later. I’ll isa a tough hike back up elevation the whole way with the last 2 miles are the worst. Then you are a good 90 min from any civilization from the parking lot.
    Just want to warn you how remote this really is. When you get in, you are also in a pretty poor town on a reservation, so it’s not like you are dealing with Park Rangers an hour drive from civilization if you get turned down

    1. @Brian I don’t think your comment is negative. Rather you are offering a detailed alternative view that readers can now include in their planning stages. Without further research I wouldn’t have known the above were the case.

  23. Hello!
    Great article! It has answered so many questions I have had and given me more information than I even knew was out there.
    My husband and I are planning a trip to Havasu in Dec. 2016 or June 2017 (depending on his school schedule and when I am able to get vacation from work). We already have our trips for summer 2016 planned or I would try to go sooner. And I want some more time to train and test out our equipment before being so far from civilization.
    I was wondering what you recommend for backpacks? Did you use the same bag you hiked in with for day hiking around to the other falls? I have a REI 65L and an Osprey Hyte 46. The 65 is what I took on a 6 week backpack trip through Europe but it was very heavy for me (I have some back problems), but I am worried the 46 will be too small. Did you pack an extra bag to use throughout the day or do you recommend a smaller bag to pack in with you to take out for the day?
    Thanks in advance!

    1. Hey Tawney –
      Right now for weekend type trips I’m using the Mountain Hardwear Ozonic 50 Liter backpack. It’s low profile, very comfortable, and I’m able to fit all of my stuff in there…but most of my gear is pretty light and compact. You can see the basics of the gear I’m currently using here.
      I also have the Osprey Aura AG 65 pack and like it. If you opt for that one, I’d definitely recommend trying it on at REI first. Some people like the fit, others not.
      If you have a 50 liter pack, I think you can just cinch it down and use it for a daypack as well. I sometimes like to carry this pack. It’s very simple, holds a hydration bladder and packs down very small:
      Hope that helps and let me know if you have other questions! -Kristen

  24. 嗨! Newest fan here. Your blog is so awesome that I’m now following you on other platforms! Thanks for all your information.
    I have a few questions :
    Planning this trip next September, permits permitting. Would a group of 3 or 4 females be safe in your opinion? Does anyone leave a motor home in the hilltop parking lot? Would you say vehicles are generally safe from vandalism/theft?

    1. 嗨Tammy – Yes I believe it’s safe for a group of females. It’s a well traveled trail and there are plenty of people in case something goes wrong. You might consider bringing a SPOT GPS transmitter. That’s what I use when I hike. You can check out my full review here:
      I believe I remember a small motorhome or two. I can’t promise anything but we didn’t have any problems. As always, I would say don’t leave anything valuable visible in your car. Good luck and have fun!

  25. Loved this article! thinking about visiting sometime next year.
    From experience, would you personally do his hike alone or would you recommend going with someone?

    1. Hey Austin –
      我认为这将罚款独自徒步旅行。有一个re a ton of other people out there, so if you go alone, you can easily make friends. For hiking alone, I also recommend carrying a SPOT which allows you to call for help if something goes wrong and you have no cell service. I did a full review of the SPOT here://www.kst-corp.com/spot-gen3-review/

  26. So my boyfriend and I are just getting into hiking and we haven’t really hiked anything extensive before (especially me) and we really want to go on our spring break (2nd week of March) do you think this trek would be doable for such beginners?

    1. 嗨Shelbi – Yes I think it’d doable. Just make sure to bring plenty of water and you can prepare by doing some day hiking beforehand to get your legs ready. Also check my gear lists under my gear closet to see the types of things I bring hiking. The only thing is if you want to do this in March, you need to call asap to make a reservation. Good luck and let me know how it goes!

  27. Hello – what type of camp stove would you recommend? I’ve been reviewing penny stove’s, alcohol stoves, etc. Would you go with this type or a propane style? Also, sleeping bags? Any suggestions on style, thickness, weight, heavy duty, etc?
    any help would be appreciated and I really enjoyed your information and have been finding it very helpful.
    thank you

  28. 嗨Kristen,
    This is super helpful when trying to plan a trip like I am! I am planning a 4 day/3 night trip for the beginning of my honeymoon. I was wondering if you had any advice or suggestions regarding food to take or the best way to get food to the camp site…??

  29. 我想知道酒精是允许在凸轮p grounds? I planned on packing a bottle of wine or two but I read somewhere that alcohol is not allowed, do you know anything about this? Thanks!!

  30. 嗨! I\’m planning to do this in the end of April. But as of now, I plan on driving from Denver area, which would be a 14 hr drive to the parking lot. Do you know if people can camp out in the parking lot to sleep overnight and start the hike early in the morning? Did you drive a long ways or did you fly and then rent a car? I\’m just nervous of having to drive that long. But it might be less stressful than trying to fly and rent a car. Thank you! Great post

    1. There is a small first-come first serve spot to camp in the parking lot. There is a bathroom but no running water. I drove from Vegas super early in the morning, but that’s only a couple hours a way, and then I started the hike as soon as I got there. Perhaps you can break up the drive into two days?

  31. 嗨everyone.
    For making reservations is that only for camping there or is that for hiking and going swimming as well?
    Thank you

  32. 嗨,克里斯汀! !我一直在阅读一些文章on here. My friend and I are planning to go to the Havasupai Reservation in May. Your post has been super helpful with hints and tips about the trip. Our biggest concern is how to actually get to AZ & the hilltop parking area. We will have to fly in from Virginia. We want to also maybe do the black canyon water trail too. Do you have any suggestions about where to fly in closest to the parking lot? Or suggestions as to renting cars, busses, trains, taxis, etc? Ps love your blog- inspiring me to get outside more!

    1. 嗨Amanda, You are going to have an awesome time at Havasu Falls. The closest airport is Las Vegas. I don’t believe there is any public transportation, so you’ll probably just want to rent a car at the airport. And you can definitely tie in the Black Canyon as it is on the way to and from Vegas. Hope that helps!

    2. Amanda – Did you end up booking to fly into Vegas? I’m beginning to plan this trip for my husband’s 30th and was just wondering how other east-coasters have done it (we’re from Maryland).

  33. We’re going to the Grand Canyon for our first time and trying to figure out the best way to explore. How many days would you recommend camping to see all five waterfalls? Also interested in any other recommendations in the park like south rim, etc. thanks

    1. John – Havasu Falls is not accessible from the same area as the south rim and is in fact several hours drive away. I actually haven’t been to the south rim, so I don’t have any recommendations for you just yet, but I’m hoping to get there this year! For Havasu Falls, I think you would want to stay a minimum of 2 nights at the campground.

  34. 嗨Kristen,
    I am trying to reserve a campsite for about 10 people for this upcoming summer. Did you see areas that would be large enough for groups at the campsite? It looks like the office doesn’t open until 9am. How early can you check-in and start the hike to the campsite?

    1. I’m not sure, but I’m sure there is a place four group as long as you are able to secure a reservation. If the office doesn’t open until 9, I assume thats the earliest you can check in. If you arrive before then, you’ll want to wait there as the campground is about 2 miles past the office and you won’t want to backtrack. But I can’t imagine you arriving before 9, even if you started the hike very early in the morning.

  35. This post is so informative. Thanks! My boyfriend and I are planning to hike Havasu in May. This will be our first ever hiking/backpacking experience and figure it\’ll be great practice before we head out to hike the Inca Trail in September. I\’m curious, what did you do about meals? We\’re planning to pack no-cook, no-heat meals for our 4 day adventure.

  36. Hey, I am trying to see if any of you lovely people have 2 extra spots for Memorial weekend. I would love to buy the two spots off of you, since a few people have confirmed that those dates have been booked up. Thanks!

    1. Just a heads up, no one is allowed to sell permits. Permits are non-transferable and anyone caught re-selling may be banned from Supai for life. When you arrive you will be asked to provide photo ID that must match the name associated with the reservation. You might want to just try your luck next year. Make sure you book online before they sell out!

  37. 什么好的文章,克里斯汀!我和我的男朋友planning for May but we can’t get through the phone lines to reserve! We’ve been calling an average of 100 times each for the past 3 days. Did you have trouble making reservations?

    1. I didn’t have an issue, but I think this place has gotten a lot more popular in the last year or so. You’re not the only one who has been having issues though. I’ve been hearing this from quite a few people.

  38. 一个伟大的指导!我在电话里17个小时S this week total trying to make my reservation. May and June were booked so we’re going in July! I know it’s going to be super hot, but that’s what all the swimming is for, right!? LOL. Can’t wait! I also read that bringing some rope is a good idea to dry out clothes and hang food so the squirrels don’t get to it. -Alicia @http://www.girlonahike.com

    1. Hey Alicia,
      It’s going to be pretty dry and hot, so I wouldn’t worry too much about your clothes staying wet. But you do need to keep an eye out on your food and don’t leave it on the ground. We just put it in our packs and hung our packs up on a branch. Have fun and come back and tell me how it goes.

  39. 嗨Kristen, Thank you for this write up, this is lot of useful information. I am planning a trip and have been trying to get the reservations calling them up. While I do that, I have a question. How deep are the water ? I did not find this information anywhere and it would really help the people in my group because some of them don’t know how to swim.
    Thanks in advance.

    1. 嗨, the water is deep in some places, shallow in others. But they should be able to wade in or at least dip their feet. You’ll just need to be careful because the ground in some areas around the pools isn’t sturdy since it’s made of limestone.

  40. My friends and I have been calling non-stop for the past 3 days (since permits opened for the year) to obtain a permit. The phones will either be busy, hang up on us, or ring for 5 to 10 minutes THEN hang up on us. Has anyone else experienced this? Do we need to continue to call and just be patient? At the risk of sounding like a whiney brat…the 8 of us have been planning this trip since July and the permit is the only thing stopping us!

    1. I’ve heard this from other people as well. My only advice is to keep trying. This place is extremely popular. I would imagine eventually they will change their permit process, but until then we just have to go by the procedures on the website. Sorry that’s not more helpful!

    2. 嗨Christine, we are experiencing the same problem. Four of us have been calling for over a week now. At least 500 times a day each and same exact issues you have…. Very frustrating but not giving up!!!

  41. 大家好!Wow this is some great info! Thank you for being so helpful! My 2 questions are…we’re planning on going July/early August. What’s the weather like during that time? Is that a good time to go? Also, so I see the havasu falls campground trail is 9.5 miles and 19 miles round trip. Im just a little confused because I saw posts about helicopters and horses carrying your bags. Now I’ve hiked mt Zion and we had to take a shuttle to the top then hiked the 16 miles down the narrows. Is it like that with the round trip? Like people take a helicopter to the top then hike the 9.5 miles down to the campground..? I hope I’m making sense, haha. Thanks for any advice!!

    1. 这将是非常热…可能最热门的蒂姆e of the year.
      你can take the helicopter both ways if you want or one way, or you can hike and tae no helicopter. I don’t have too much info on the helicopter because I didn’t do it, but if you call they should be able to provide you the info. I may be wrong, but I believe the helicopter on the way out is first come first serve.

    2. Hello,
      The number tat I called for the Helicopter was 1(623)516-2790. You’ll get an automated message and it has all of the information that you need for the Helicopter.
      Hope this helps!

  42. Is there an issue if not all people end up going for campsite reservations? I made a reservation for 6 people but I\’m not sure if 2 of them will be able to make it and their office is crazy busy right so I can\’t get thru to ask. Will I have to pay for those 2 people if I don\’t notify them ahead of time? Any information on this is greatly appreciated! Thanks!

    1. Erica – You should do your best to reach them and update your reservation. I would imagine they would not charge you if the issue is on their end, but I can’t say for sure. Sorry I don’t have more solid info.

    2. Erica, what dates are you going? My boyfriend I tried to book a campsite but it’s all sold out for June, July, and August.

  43. 嗨Kristen – I previously took your advice on jetboil and sleep mattress and I’m very pleased with both. Thank you again and I love your blog. I’m planning on camping at Havasu first week of June. Do the evenings cool off quite a bit? I’m wonder how heavy duty or light weight of a sleeping bag to take. Any recommendations?

  44. Hello.. Thank you for the all good tips. Could you please let me know what you wore during the hike; the black shorts?

  45. 嗨Kristen!
    Thanks so much for this detailed post! I have been researching Havasupai falls and your page has the most comprehensive guide (and best pictures as well) that I’ve seen.
    Anyway, my question is this: How many nights would you recommend camping to be able to explore everything?
    It looks like you would want at least one full day at the falls to explore, but is one day enough? Do you think two nights of camping is enough or would you recommend 3?

  46. Hello Expert!
    I am having quite a hard time requesting a reservations via the 928448 phone numbers on the several sites. I’ve also sent an email. We have a mature scout group that really want to appreciate the outdoors! Would you point me in the right direction, or give me some feedback on how to make this reservation for the summer??

    1. Hey Dan – You’re not the only one who is having problems. The only thing I can say is to keep trying the numbers listed on the website. I expect they are getting a ton of calls and they don’t have the staff to deal with the volume. Sorry I don’t have anything more helpful to say, but best of luck!

  47. Great information! Thank you! I haven’t read all the questions/comments so I hope this isn’t repetitive. I just secured a reservation for March 31 – April 2 (rather than the end of April dates I had hoped for). I’m worried it might be too cold. It seems you went in March and it was warm but it looks like average temps are in the 60’s…could that be right? I’m unsure whether to look at Supai weather or inner canyon Grand Canyon weather. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks much!

    1. I expect it will be ok during the day and pretty cold at night during that time. Just keep an eye on the weather…I think Supai will be most accurate. And makes sure to bring a lot of layers. Have fun out there! Kristen

  48. I\’m planning a trip I already got the lodge booked and paid for I am too excited!
    I am using your blog post to plan my trip. It is seriously helpful!!
    Thank you!

  49. How early can/should I start trying to get a permit? At this point I am planning on doing May 2017. Is there payment required when I call? And is there a cancellation fee? Also, do you know about camping options beyond Beaver Falls if we were to continue hiking to the Colorado River?

    1. When I did it they did not require payment over the phone and there was no cancellation fee. I expect that this may change in the future though since it sounds like it’s busier this year than in years past. I think they open up reservations in the start of the year, but you might call and double check. No camping is allowed between Beaver Falls and the Colorado Rive, so if you continue on, it’ll be a long day and you’ll have to make it back to the main campground.

  50. Kristen-can you give me an idea of how many nights we want to stay? What\\\’s the minimum number of nights we should plan to enjoy ourselves?

  51. Hello Kristen,
    Is the campground safety?
    When We leave the campground because we will start walking to the other falls. Can we just leave all our stuff inside the tents? What do you recommend? Is there any security like a patrol?

    1. 嗨Juan – I believe the campground is safe, but there is no security. So I’d suggest not leaving anything valuable (cash, cameras, etc) in your tent when you go to explore for the day.

  52. Thanks for the guide! Two girlfriends and I are going in June. I’m bringing a waterproof camera, but I’m also debating on bringing my nice DSLR camera to get some good shots. I’m worried about it getting wet and breaking. Any advice? Do you think it’ll be safe to bring the camera?

    1. 我带着我的好相机,很高兴我做了。你can bring a small dry bag to store your camera in if you are worried about it getting wet. Just be careful with it like you would any other hike and you should be fine.

  53. Kristen,
    伟大的帐面价值的!你相信我徒步旅行/阵营this on my upcoming solo trip in the fall! it will be my first time to the geat SW, so i am not too familiar with the weather conditions, anymore suggestions for camping in say Late September/October? Another question, is there any place to shower along the way??
    Great pics BTW, what model camera do you use?? I have a Minolta Freedom Zoom 65- its wonderful.
    Any other suggestions would be most welcome, thanks in advance for any adive!

    1. Hey Marc – That’s great to hear! September there is a risk of flash floods, so you’ll need to keep an eye out (but that’s all over the SW), but the temperatures in Sept/Oct should be quite nice. Warm during the day and cool at night.
      There is no shower anywhere along the trail.
      I use a SONY a7s. it was an investment but I’m super happy with it. Happy hiking!

  54. Great pics and info! Thx so much. Sitting here trying everyday to get a permit for my son and I to hike end of Feb. Cannot get through no matter what time. So expensive to fly us both from Georgia to Vegas, rent a car and take a tour so I’ve been trying like crazy to get through. Trying to decide if I want to just pay for the tour company or wait and maybe can do a longer trip with rafting as well when it’s warmer. Thanks so much

  55. We have reservations and are super excited. Our group will be coming from different states and meeting up. We’re trying to determine if we should just plan on meeting up at the hilltop so that we can get an early start, or if it would be better to stay in Seligman, etc. Any thoughts, experience? Thanks in advance

    1. I don’t know much about Seligman. But there really isn’t much between Boulder City and the hilltop. So you could meet in Boulder City (or vegas) the day before and caravan out there together (it’s a couple hours from Boulder City). Or you could just meet int he parking lot the morning of. There is a place to camp in the parking lot, but with the number of people who do this hike, there may not be much space. There is also no water in the parking lot.

  56. 嗨Kristin,
    你have been so helpful!
    I am an active single mom of two active 20 yr old and 16 yr old sons I think we can handle the hike! We are planning a trip to Havasu in April. I am wondering….can I rent paddle boards anywhere at the campground or near there to take in the water to the falls?

  57. 嗨Kristen!
    I am going this May with my family and am so excited! I was wondering though how long it took you to make the 9 mile hike?

  58. My wife and I are in Vegas with no plans from Jun 3-6th. We were planning and would love to go here, but of course there are no reservations available at all. Does anyone have an idea for an alternative trip that would be similar? Any hel would be appreciated. We are flying in to Vegas from Indiana and can’t reschedule or cancel the trip. Thanks

  59. Also, I was a bit unclear. If we don’t have reservations, is there a way for us to spend the day hiking and seeing the falls, as long as we don’t camp overnight? Or is that not allowed?

  60. Hey there.
    Loved all your info, very informative!
    Im coming from Michigan and my plan is to fly. My biggest concern is getting from the airport to the Hilltop. Can you share some advice? I feel the easiest route is to camp at the hilltop
    Also do you know if there is space for hammock camping at the hilltop?

  61. I would love to do this for a girls bachelorette party before I get married. I just hope that with all the fees, and everything that you pay for to camp there, that it wouldn’t be too expensive for everyone. It would be cool to go in late summer or early autumn. I definitely want to go there when we could swim and explore. I would be coming all the way from San Diego so I hope it wouldn’t be too much driving as well.
    This was very helpful though and I will definitely email you to ask you questions if I ever decide to do this!

  62. Thank you for the great tips! It’s hard to get good info on this place! We are planning our trip and your summary was very helpful!

  63. Do you know how we can reserve a mule to haul our stuff to the campground? what number we call. we have been trying and no luck to get thru on the 928-448-2180.

  64. 嗨Kristin;
    Thanks for this blog. A group of girlfriends and I are headed out in April so thanks for the info!

  65. 嗨! I see people are also having a difficult time getting reservations, I finally got through to make a reservation for the last week of April next month, but it is already booked solid for the year which we unfortunately already purchased our flight tickets for this without realizing when exactly they began taking reservations or the limited options. I know you continued calling and were able to get a reservation through a cancellation, how often did you call to follow up.- daily, weekly, etc. I don’t want to be a pest to them and hover over the phone lines but also don’t want to cancel plane tickets and potentially lose out on a lodge or camping site. Also, did you just take any date they had open, or were they willing to work with you on when you already planned on going?
    Does anyone reading have a reservation with extra space who would be willing to share (with reimbursement to you of course)
    Thanks so much!

  66. 嗨! Great info on this!! As far as taking a helicopter in and out the same day, do you still need a reservation or permit? I know you didn’t use one but we really want to see the waterfalls but are not looking to camp overnight- is this a thing haha:) Any info would be awesome thank you!

  67. Great read! I found your site very informative. Thank you. I do have questions… My group plans to start our hike around 3am or earlier… Would you say that the trails are very easy to follow especially the first 6 miles? My worries that we might get lost during the dark before dawn. Thank your for you time.

    1. Hey Brian – Once you make it to the end of the switchbacks, you are pretty much just walking in the wash. If you are going in the dark, it might be worth using some sort of GPS app to make sure you stay on track.

  68. 嗨,Thankyou for this awesome post! Me and my siblings are planning a trip to havasupai but we have been told everything is booked til November . I still have hope that we can get at least a night to camp out there and am calling everyday incase someone cancels. I do have one question. I’m not quite sure if you did state this but is there any way we can go and do the hike down to havasupai falls and leave that same day ? Is that not allowed ?

    1. hey lucy! they don’t allow day trips to the falls. Plus it’s over 20 miles roundtrip, so you’d pretty much be hiking from sunrise to sunset and not have much time to enjoy the falls. Good luck with a permit…fingers are crossed for ya!

  69. hi, I had added a comment on here a couple days ago but I don’t think it posted. Your information on here is really helpful so thank you for that. I do have a question about the falls, I am planning on taking a trip there, I have made reservations already so I am pretty much all set, the only thing is one of my sisters wants to join us and she cannot swim to save her life. How deep are the waterfalls and is it okay for children?

  70. I got lucky and got a snap Reservation with a four digit confirmation number juat a few days ago for the end of this month. Is this my permit as well? I guess I’m just confused if you get a reservation to stay at the campground does the permit come with that?

      1. 嗨Kristen! We are from St. Louis My wife And I planning our trip in September we’re doing Hiking and Mountain biking in Colorado, Arizona and Utal and we’re planning bring our mountain bikes along the trip hopefully it is safe to leave our bikes there for three days.

  71. Hey! Thanks for the post, So i have a question. Not that I’m saying I’m condoning this or that you are, But If someone hypothetically planned on sneaking in, and hiking to the falls, do you have any idea what the chances of getting caught are, what happens if you get caught, etc? Also, is a reservation required just to camp or to actually go in there and camp at the campgrounds? Thanks!

    1. 嗨Austin – I wouldn’t recommend doing that. As I recall every single person is given a wristband and you also have to display your permit on your tent. And they do come by and check. And there is nowhere to camp besides in the campground, and a permit is required just to be there.

  72. 大家好!我和我的朋友们正在计划一个旅行,但是we would prefer to stay at the lodge instead of the camp ground. How do we go about obtaining permits for swimming/ hiking the falls of we go this route? any advice you could give is greatly appreciated!

  73. Kristen:
    谢谢你,这个tr的所有详细信息ip is very helpful. I will be going in a couple days, on March 28. My wife, two children, and I have never been backpacking before, so we decided to book a tour, which includes all the gear, food, mule assist, and a guide. Do you recall if there are any showers at the camp? I am from LA where the ocean water tends to be cool in spring (60), so we use spring suits and I am wondering whether it would be worth it to pack them in? Also, what about snorkel gear, is there anything to see under the water?
    妈ny Thanks

    1. 有一个re no showers at the camp, but hopefully it will be warm enough during the day to swim. The water itself isn’t freezing, but it’s not super warm either. If you are having the mule carry your stuff, then I guess it wouldn’t hurt to bring them. Definitely don’t need snorkel gear. Have fun!

  74. 嗨Kristen,
    Love your blog and pictures. I have started my research on this trip for next year in April 2017. Your blog is the most updated one I have come across. Would you happen to know how far in advance to book a reservation for camping permits? Other websites advise how far in advance but I am not sure how up to date they are, I know things have changed and it is getting more popular these days. Some sites say to book 4 months in advance, some 6 months, and now i read even a year in advance hence why I feel the need to call for next year. Thanks!

    1. This year the permits for the entire year were swooped up by March. So you’ll want to call and reserve right after the New Year. Good luck and have fun!

  75. 克里斯汀,伟大的博客!这是所以plann时有用ing a visit to the falls. I am planning a trip at the end of the month and I\’m wondering about the over night requirement. Is one able to hike to Havasu Falls first, and then camp overnight? Or how does that process work? I am considering taking a helicopter first thing in the morning (10am) and then hiking back to the trailhead. Is a camp ground or lodge reservation still required for this option? I appreciate your time. I have been trying to call the main office for the past hour with no luck. Thanks in advance!

    1. hi Diana – You know I’m not really sure what the rules are if you take a helicopter in. Havasu Falls is located basically right at the campground which is a mile or so past the office and landing pad. On the website it says “Visitors who wish to utilize helicopter services, please contact Airwest Helicopters at 623 516 2790” Maybe try that number to see if they can provide info. Good luck!

  76. 嗨Kristen! Thank you for your post! Are the only permits you need for the campground? So if we were to stay at the lodge, no permits are required? Also, do you know when they start accepting reservations during the year (if I want to call and book for next year)?

    1. if you stay at the lodge, you don’t need a separate permit. I believe they open reservations at the beginning of each calendar year….but you’d have to call to confirm.

  77. Are you allowed to camp between the hilltop and the town? Meaning, taking 2 days to get to the falls instead of doing all 10 miles in one day.

  78. Great blog post – amazing pictures! This is on my “list”, a must do! When you call to make reservations/get a permit are you required to secure this with a credit card? Basically just want to know how the “booking” process works. From everything I have read it sounds quite difficult to make reservations.

  79. Since it seems like they are fully booked for this year already, do you think they have next year booked? Is there a store where you can buy food in the town or should you bring it in with you? Any electronic outlets in the camp sites?

    1. Emilie – They will start taking reservations for 2017 at the beginning of next year. And you need to bring all of your own food and there are no electronic outlets. It is primitive camping.

  80. Really helpful post. I can’t believe we missed this on our trip to Arizona last year. We’re definitely going to have to go next time we’re out there…and sleeping in the Eno is the best.

  81. HI THERE!
    my friend and i plan to make a trip to havasu and we don’t want to camp out, would we still have to get a permit and everything or can we just show up, pay, hike and enjoy for the day? thank you!

  82. 嗨,我有3个孩子,13日,10日,和一个2岁。这两个year old will be in a backpack. Is this a hiking trip kids can do? Did u see families down there? They r not super Olympians or couch potatoes, just average are we there yet mom kids. Thanks

    1. I don’t have kids, but I think it’s a kid friendly trail as long as they have some experience hiking. It’s just a bit long and the hike out is a bit steep.

  83. 保持前一晚的好地方在哪里order to get an early start on the trailhead? I see the Grand Canyon Caverns hotel, is there any cheaper camping options?
    What do most folks do the night before on this hike?

    1. 我开车从拉斯维加斯早期的早晨我的徒步旅行。Boulder City is another place you could stay that’s only a couple hours away with plenty of hotel options. There is also camping at the trailhead, but there is no water available.

  84. Awesome post! I am planning this trip 2017! Taking a month off to get some hiking in with my daughter before she graduates! .I see they have discontinued the one day hike in and out but…..can you take the helicopter in and out in the same day? I would love to hike it all but we will be traveling with our pup…can’t really leave him overnight somewhere.

    1. 嗨CJ – I didn’t do the helicopter and I don’t know too much about it. I think it’s possible, but you’ll want to call and check. Either way sounds like a fantastic trip you have planned.

  85. Hey Kirsten, lame question but are dogs allowed in the campground? We have a traveling trail dog that goes MTB, camping, hiking with us.

    1. 你know, I’m not sure….but I’m not sure it would be practical. I think you’re going to have trouble getting your dog down to Mooney falls and beyond where there are a series of ladders you have to climb.

  86. Hey I have to say I concur with all the nice things and complements left by everyone. You rock and so does your website! I had a question though, my wife and I are driving cross country and we set up the back of the station wagon so we can sleep in it. Do you think it’d be a bad idea to sleep in our car at the parking lot?

  87. Great post!!!! Do you know if we can reserve permits for the 2017 year? Also, do they ask how many people will be in your party at the time of reservation?

  88. If you make a reservation at The Lodge, do you also have to make a reservation for a permit separately? Or is the permit included in The Lodge reservation? Thank you! (BTW – thank you for this post, it is awesome)

  89. Hello! I am hoping to make this journey in late october! I had a question though, with the hike down did you pitch a tent over night and split the ten mile hike into two days? Is there any regulations about this, or can you just camp anywhere on the trail down? Thank you!

    1. 你have to camp in the campground. There’s no where good to camp between the parking lot and the campground at the falls. Plus there is no water available anywhere along the trail. So you’ll have to do the 10 miles in 1 day.

  90. 嗨there, We are planning on traveling to a waterfall for a bucket list item for our amazing pup. However after seeing the distance I am not sure this is the best distance for him or terrain. I was wondering if you have any recommendations for maybe shorter hiked trails. Even if he cant swim in it.

  91. Hello, we are looking into planning a trip for next year and were wondering about the shower situation. When you say there are showers, are they actually at the campground? I was unable to find any other information on this so was just curious. We are used to backcountry camping, so it is no big deal, but it is always a perk! Thanks!

  92. 嗨Kristen! Awesome Post!!! Very helpful info and tips!
    Do we need to go with guide to hike down to the campground and back? Or the permit is enough?

  93. Thank you so much for this great in-depth post! In January, I am going to start calling to get a reservation for late spring, and I will be dreaming and drooling over your pictures until then! I am sure I will have lots of questions for you as the time gets closer, but you have done such a great job documenting this amazing adventure. I can’t wait!

  94. Interesting the picnic table shot with 2 people has a bottle of Jack Daniels. I heard alcohol was not permitted?

    1. Hey Bonita – I was not aware of that rule when we hiked to Havasu Falls. But I have since taken the photo down since I don’t want to encourage people to not follow the rules. Thanks for pointing that out.

  95. Hey Kristen, what time of year did you do this? I’d like to do it in January for my girlfriends 30th, but was worried it might be too cold to swim. What do you think?

  96. Kristen, this is totally random.. In your pictures above, are you using a sleeping pad as a floaty? I can’t swim but I do wish to get in the water and enjoy the falls. I’ll probably won’t t have room to pack a floaty but I do own a Therm-a-rest NeoAir sleeping pad!

  97. 嗨I love your blog, love your instagram! Thanks for the great advices, now I know how to get there from my home in Joshua Tree. But I suppose there’s no power outlets in the campground.. right?

  98. Stumbled upon this blog during my Havasu research and only realized halfway through reading it, to my pleasant surprise, that I was reading Barefoot Theory!
    My wife and I have wonderful memories from the Trans-Catalina Trail and your write-up got us through that successfully! Thank you!
    Hope to do this one mid-June. I’m assuming mid-February is way too cold for swimming?

  99. 嗨Kristen, I had heard some folks had trouble with the locals. Some locals had harassed a couple while camping in Havasu falls. My family and I will be going there sometime this year and wanted to know if these stories were true.

    1. I can only speak for myself, but we found the people to be friendly and welcoming. They are sharing their land with A LOT of people…as long as you a respectful, my guess is you will be treated the same.

  100. Kristen, I really appreciate for all detailed information regarding Havasu Falls. Now I can plan my schedule for the trip.
    One question to you: Should I stay 2 nights/3 days in the campground?

  101. Thank you for all of the great information. What kind of deposit was required for the reservation over the phone?

    1. Hey there. The rules have changed now, as of this year. They have raised their prices this year, and now require FULL payment at time of booking, and all names of people going. The entrance fee is now 50$, and 25$ per night for camping, and 10$ for the environmental fee. And I believe if you cancel, there will be NO refund.

      1. Hey Cindy– We actually have to give them names of each permit holder? Does that mean they will ID us when we get down there? This is getting ridiculous. They know they have us by the short hairs.