Havasupai Falls – Supai, AZ

For months now I’ve been planning my trip to Havasupai Falls, a hidden oasis in the middle of the Grand Canyon.  The falls are known for their bright blue water and red rocks, and this place was even more gorgeous in person.  Each mile of the hike was more beautiful than the next!  With that being said, the hike to Havasupai Falls is really challenging, as the trail to the campground is about ten miles long.

In my mind, the trail is split into three different sections.  The first mile or two is composed completely of switchbacks, which can be really tough in the intense Arizona heat, so BRING WATER.  I would also recommend packing gatorade or gatorade chews especially for the walk out.

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The second portion of the trail is mostly flat and is the longest part (about 5 miles).  This part of the trail takes you through the middle of the Grand Canyon and the views are insane.  It’s like every corner you turn is prettier than the last.

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The third and final part of the trail is when you reach the village of Supai!  From here it’s about a 2-3 mile walk to the campgrounds. The village has two stores where you can buy food and a handful of other businesses, houses, and farms.  Supai was one of the coolest places I’ve seen; it’s the last place in America to still have their mail delivered via mule and it was mind-boggling to see how secluded the town was.  A lot of their supplies are air-dropped by helicopter or carried by mule from the top of the trail.

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Along this last portion you’ll reach the first two falls and then the campground (finally!).  The only thing to be aware of is the squirrels, they are vicious!  We came back from the falls one day to find that they had chewed a hole through our tent to reach the food inside.

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If you continue through the campground you’ll reach the next waterfall: Mooney Falls.  The hike down is treacherous, but so worth it.  On your way down you’ll walk through rock tunnels and climb down a steep incline with chains and ladders to help you keep your balance.  But Mooney Falls was perhaps my favorite, it was bigger than the previous two falls and was more secluded.  We even managed to find a little grotto underneath one of the smaller falls.

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Things you’ll need:

  1. Water shoes: these are a MUST.  We ended up swimming/walking throuhg the river after Havasu Falls and we couldn’t have done it without water shoes.  I would recommend Chacos instead of Tevas just because they seemed to hold up a little better and didn’t give as many blisters.
  2. A hammock: I bought a cheap hammock off groupon before my trip and it worked just fine.  There are tons of trees in the campsite to string up a hammock and it’s so relaxing to hang out in after a long day in the sun.
  3. A permit: since the campsite is on an indian reservation they only allow a limited amount of campers each night.  Reservations can be really hard to get, so you have to call and check the website frequently.

This is one of my favorite trips I’ve taken to-date and Havasu Falls is truly a little paradise in the middle of the desert.

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