The aquamarine waters and gorgeous red rock of Havasu Falls is something everyone should see at least once in a lifetime. No matter how hyped up the place is in your mind, you’ll still be blown away by the natural beauty and wonder of this delightful Grand Canyon attraction.
However, if you’ve never been to Havasupai, there are some helpful hints you’ll want to know before heading off on your adventure. Check out our post for everything you need to know about doing a Havasu Falls hike and Mooney Falls hike.
Permits and Camping Fees
Perhaps the biggest hurdle to visiting Havasupai is actually getting the Havasu Falls hike permit. These permits usually sell out for the whole year on the day the online reservations open, so you’ll want to do your homework before hopping online to try to get one. Here are some tips:
- Make an account at HavasupaiReservations.com before February 1 (the day reservations open)
- Log into your account before 8:00 am on February 1, then refresh your screen immediately at 8:00 am Arizona time.
- Be flexible on the days you’re willing to visit. You’re more likely to get a permit for mid-March or November.
- Have your credit card ready to pay for permit fees at the time of reservation.
As of 2019, camping fees are $100 per night, per person on a weekday. Weekend fees are $125 per night.
Havasu is a remote destination, so you’ll need to drive several hours to get there even from the closest airport. (Don’t worry, the remote location is part of the magic!) Both Las Vegas and Phoenix airports are within 4-5 hours of the trail. Once you get to the area, you’ll find the Havasu Falls trailhead perched on Hualapai Hilltop. The Havasu Falls Campground is about 9 miles into your hike.
Mooney Falls Hike and Beaver Falls Hike
Once you’ve arrived at Havasu Falls, you have the option of continuing on to see Mooney Falls and Beaver Falls. The hike is challenging and adds miles to your roundtrip, but the sights are well worth it. You’ll be surrounded by fewer crowds and enjoy refreshing swims in the blue waters. Mooney Falls comes before Beaver Falls, and hitting both will take about 5 hours round trip.
What to Bring On Your Havasu Falls Hike
Havasu Falls is well off the beaten path and can be a deathly hot place even in the spring and fall, so you want to be adequately prepared for the journey. Be sure to bring these items so you’re safe, hydrated, and nourished during your trip:
- Camelbak filled with water for a 10-mile hike
- Trail mix, protein bars, dehydrated meals, and other camping snacks and meals
- Sleeping Pad
- Sleeping bag
- Backpacking Stove
- Cooking utensils, plates, and mug
- Food bag (to protect from squirrels)
- Clothing for warm weather
- Jacket and beanie (if visiting in spring)
- First aid kit
- Camping chair
- Hiking shoes and socks
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