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How to get to Havasu Falls
Despite it’s growing popularity in recent years, not many people know how to get to Havasu Falls. Havasu Falls sits on the Havasupai Reservation in Supai, Arizona.
If you’re flying in from out of state, you’ll want to fly into the airports of either Phoenix or Las Vegas. Each are about a five and a half hour drive from the trailhead, which begins at the Hualapai Hilltop.
In order to save up their strength for a long day of hiking, many people choose to stay overnight near the trailhead. The closest towns are Seligman and Peach Springs. The Grand Canyon Caverns Inn is the closest place to lodge prior to hiking to Havasu.
Once you reach the Hualapai Hilltop parking lot, you’ve got a moderate 10-mile hike ahead of you to get to Havasu Falls. The most strenuous part of the hike is the first mile and a half of switchbacks, which traverse at an incline down the face of a canyon wall. The remainder of the hike is lined by the gorgeous, red ribbon-striped rock.
At the 8-mile mark, you’ll reach the Supai village. You should stop at the village restaurant and buy Indian Fry Bread – you won’t regret it! Within the village, you will see signs marking how to get to Havasu Falls.
You’ll continue the final two miles to Havasu in DEEP red sand. Along the way, you’ll cross a foot bridge and walk past two of the first falls: Fifty-foot Falls and Navajo Falls.
As you start to wonder where this path is truly taking you, you’ll notice a slight descent in the trail. The vegetation dissipates and the curvy path seems to disappear behind a mountain wall. The steady crash of falling water will tell you that you’re not far off!
As you turn the corner, you’ll catch your first glimpse of Havasu in all it’s glory! The trail becomes a staircase composed of rock and logs. You’ll have to stop and admire the falls periodically along the way to keep stumbling down the hill!
The trail will continue on to the campground, but to get to Havasu Falls, you’ll make a sharp right down a lightly-treaded dirt path. The trail drops suddenly into the most gorgeous oasis you’ll ever see – Havasu Falls!
It’s everything you’ve seen pictured and more!
If you’re still asking yourself – “How to get to Havasu Falls?” –BG Wild has the answer!
Making this trip a reality can be difficult. To visit the falls you must purchase a permit and camping reservation – no day hikes allowed. Depending on how you choose to book your reservations, obtaining hiking permits can be almost impossible!
There are only two ways to reserve a spot: you can either book individually through the Supai tribe or do so through a licensed outfitter/guide. If you choose to do the latter, booking your trip with BG Wild is a MUST! Here’s why:
- We can GUARANTEE you a reservation! The tribe designates a small portion of their reservations each year for outfitters. This means that even after individual spots have sold out in February, our spots remain locked in. We take care of your permits and reservations so that there’s no hassle or headaches for you!
- We’re the most affordable outfitter. Our trips aren’t as cheap as when you book individually, however we beat out the competition by several hundred dollars. Our goal is to keep our trips as affordable as possible.
- We honor and respect the Supai, their land, and their animals. Over the years we’ve developed relationships with many of the Supai people. We consider them friends. We’re grateful that they allow us to visit their land and seek to abide by their rules to help them maintain the falls for generations to come. We also care deeply about their pack animals. To date, we’re the only outfitter that pays additional fees to transport our food and gear by helicopter to the village, rather than on the backs of the mules.
- Our food is incredible! Since we’re able to helicopter our gear down to the village, we can provide a pretty extraordinary spread! No granola bars and beef jerky here. We’re talking steak, lobster mac and cheese, pancakes, and more!
- We offer massages and yoga. Yup! You read that right! We bring along professional massage therapists and yoga instructors on our trips. Because, why not?
- Our guides are fun, outgoing people. We hire our friends – the people we know and trust to be fun, outgoing, inclusive, and knowledgeable. We guarantee that you’ll love them!
Welcome to BG Wild’s very first blog post! Whether you’ve been dreaming of traveling to Supai for years, or if you just happened to stumble onto our site for the very first time – we’re glad you’re here!
Havasupai Falls is an INCREDIBLE bucket-list worthy destination! As an outfitter company, we get the privilege of introducing hikers to the sights like no other company could! Guided hikes, yoga, gourmet food, and massages are all options on our trips!
This blog is a place where we’ll share our decade plus years of experience in hiking the beautiful place! You can expect to see:
- Havasu Travel Guides
- Hiking Tips
- Gear Recommendations
- and advice from our experienced guides!
Stay tuned for some awesome content that will wet your appetite for the trip of a lifetime!
The BG Wild Team