5 Things You Need to Know Before Planning a Trip to Havasu Falls
Are you getting ready to hike to the most spectacular falls in Arizona? Here’s some important information you need to know before planning a trip to Supai - regarding lodging, transportation, rules, regulations, camp essentials and more.
(Blog Updated February 6th, 2017)
Havasu Falls is getting more popular each year, and it’s getting harder to attain permits and reservations. Luckily, they've built an online registration system theofficialhavasupaitribe.com. The website is far from perfect, but it's a lot better calling the office 100, 200 maybe 1000 times.
If they are sold out online, contact Havasupai Tourism office to book your campsites and/or rooms at (928) 448-2121, 2141, 2237 or 2180. Havasupai Tribe allows 300 people a day during high season and 150 a day during flash flood season. You can also email email@example.com. Note, it’s best to call the office between 8:00-9:00am (Arizona time) on weekdays. The phone line often gets busy during popular times of the year. Be sure to make lodging arrangements three or four months in advance.
Camping permit - $25 per person, per night
Environmental Fee - $10 per person
Entrance fee - $50 per person
The village’s lodge information:
Rooms - $145 per night (up to 4 people)
Deposit per room / per night - $40
Entrance fee - $50
To make reservations, call 1 (928) 448-2111 or 1 (928) 448-2201
Hiking isn’t the only option to get to the falls. You can take a helicopter ride to the village. You still need to hike a few miles down to reach Havasu Falls. These arrangements must be made in advance. Be sure to call the office for more information. http://www.havasupai-nsn.gov/
One-way trip to or from camp - $93.50
One-way Helicopter service - $85
If you decide to take the chopper back to Hualapai Hilltop, you must wake up early and save your spot by 7am.
If you’re hiking back, but want the mules to carry your belongings, be sure to reserve a mule before your departure date.
One-way per pack animal - $141
Round trip per pack animal - $242
(Maximum of four bags for a total weight of 130 lbs.)
3. Rules and Regulations
Havasupai is located on the south rim side of the Grand Canyon, but it is not really part of the national park. There are rules and regulations you should be aware of such as no alcohol, no campfire, and no day hikers. For more information, visit www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/16/228i.
4. Backpacking List
It’s vital to pack light and only bring the essentials for this trip. The more you pack in your bag, the more strenuous the hike will be.
o Backpacking pack
o Hiking shoes
o Water shoes
o Bathing suits / shorts and towel
o Lightweight tent or Bivy
o Light sleeping bag
o Blanket or onesie (I highly recommend bringing a onesie instead of a blanket. It weighs less and it's fun to wear!)
o Hydration bladder (at least 2 liters)
o Flashlight or headlamps
o MRE’s (If you’re a Pescetarian like me, tuna packed in water. It's best eaten with wheat thin crackers. YUM!)
o Lightweight cookware
o Lightweight stove w/ propane
o Baby wipes
o Biodegradable camp soap
o First aid kit
o Healthy snacks: nuts, dried fruits and coconut juice with protein for energy!
o Green tea or instant coffee for cold morning/nights
5. Food Fix
If you’re looking for a hearty meal, the village is the place to be. The nearest café is just two miles away from the campground. It serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. They accept Visa, MasterCard, money orders and cashier’s checks. They do not accept travelers checks or personal checks.
You should also bring cash in case of an emergency (such as food emergencies!). There’s a booth near the campground that sells sweet fry breads. Trust me, you don’t want to miss out on this. It’s delicious!