HAVASUPAI WATERFALLS

FAQ'S

COMMON QUESTIONS FROM OUR GUESTS

WHAT CAN YOU TELL ME ABOUT THE HIKE INTO HAVASUPAI CAMPGROUND?

The trail begins at Hilltop parking lot overlooking a vast canyon. You will immediately descend down the canyon through 1.5 miles of switchbacks. The next 6.5 miles are relatively flat hiking between the stunning canyon walls and dry riverbeds until you reach the Supai Village. Here you will check-in with one of our guides, rest, grab a bite to eat then continue your journey for an additional 2 miles to the campgrounds. The entire hike from Hilltop to the campground is considered a moderate hike 10 miles in total length each way. An average hiker will take 2.5-3.5 hours to make it to the village, and an additional 40-60 minutes to the campground. The hike can take longer or shorter depending on your physical condition or how many pictures you take along the way. The terrain is a mixture of river rocks, sand, soft and hard dirt trails. See the Map for more details.

WHAT DO I NEED TO INCLUDE IN MY PACK?
Whether you’re carrying your pack in yourself, or choosing to have your pack transported by BG Wild in the helicopter sling for an additional fee, you’ll want to make sure you are outfitted appropriately for the trip. Here’s what you’ll want to include in your pack: Must haves:

 

  • Flashlight
  • ID and cash ($25-50) for lunch/souvenirs in village
  • Comfortable hiking pack or duffle bag (If using our transportation services, you must bring a large heavy duty black trash bag for your pack and label it “BG Wild” upon arrival to Hilltop. Make sure smaller items are tightly secured to your larger pack)
  • 2 Liter Camelback or large water bottle for the hike down (there is fresh water to refill at the campground and village but not along the trail down)
  • Tent (You may disregard this if you are choosing to use one of our 2 person tents for $75)
  • Sleeping bag
  • 1 pair of clean socks/day
  • Good shoes or broken in hiking boots
  • Clothes (Please see “What’s the weather like?”)
    • shorts or pants for hiking
    • at least one change of clothes
    • layers for the evenings
Optional:
  • Snacks (we are providing meals and snacks on our Comfort and Luxury trips, but you might want snacks on the way down)
  • Sleeping mat, hammock, or inflatable mattress
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat/sunglasses/bandana
  • Towel
  • Camera
  • Water shoes or sandals
  • Bathing suit
  • Bug spray
  • Biodegradable soap and shampoo only

Things we provide on our Traditional Trips:

  • Stoves/cooking equipment, napkins
  • First Aid kits
  • Citronella candles
  • Eating utensils and plates
Things we provide on our Comfort and Luxury Trips:
  • Dinner on Thursday (4-day trips only), Brunch on Friday (4-day trips only), Dinner on Friday, Brunch and Dinner on Saturday, Breakfast to go on Sunday morning
  • Massage therapists (4-day trips only)
  • Yoga instructors (4-day trips only)
  • Group photo

Remember that if we transport your pack(s), there is a charge per pack and each pack can be no heavier than 45lbs. Please weigh your pack before-hand and book in advance accordingly on the website. All packs will be transported by helicopter sling from Hilltop to the Village.

HOW CAN I ARRANGE TO RIDE THE HAVASU FALLS HELICOPTER?

 

You must make your reservation and pay the day of, either at Hilltop if riding the helicopter down or at the village if riding the helicopter back up to Hilltop. Airwest Helicopters is the official provider of helicopter transportation to and from the village. As of January 2017, they are charging $85 each way and permit one 45lb pack per person that can be carried on the passenger’s lap for the duration of the 5 minute helicopter ride. Please be prepared that they may elect to change their prices anytime and they do not accept advanced reservations, however, if you arrive and sign-up from 10am to 12pm on a Thursday, Friday or Sunday, they guaranty you a spot regardless of how long the line is. In the event of severe weather the helicopter may not be available transportation. This has never happened on one of our trips, but is possible. We have no control over the weather.

 

WHERE DO I PARK?

 

The Hilltop parking lot is directly in front of the trailhead into the canyon. Sometimes the immediate parking lot fills up, and people have to park along the road leading into the parking lot. You may have to walk a ways, but there will be parking available. We recommend carpooling if you can! We’ve never had an issue with parking lot safety, but please be sure to secure your belongings before heading into the canyon.

WHAT IF I'M FLYING IN FROM OUT OF STATE?
We recommend flying into the Phoenix Sky Harbor airport. You’ll want to make sure that you arrive in Phoenix with enough time to ensure that you can make it to the trailhead between 9 and 10am on the morning of the hike. Depending on trail and road conditions, you could arrive back in Phoenix late in the afternoon or evening on Sunday, so please plan your return flight accordingly. We recommend scheduling either a red-eye on Sunday evening or an early flight on Monday morning. We offer tent rentals, pack transportation, and vehicle transportation to the trailhead and back for your convenience. Please select these optional add-on’s at the time of registration.
WHAT IF I CHOOSE TO BE TRANSPORTED FROM PHOENIX?

We can transport you from Phoenix to the Hilltop and back for an additional fee of $100 per person. We will notify you of the pick up location as your trip draws closer. We will depart Phoenix at 3:30am on the morning of the hike as the drive takes approximately 5 hours.

WHERE WILL I MEET UP WITH THE BG WILD GROUP ON THE DAY OF THE HIKE?

 

Please arrive at Hilltop between 9-10am on the morning of the hike. One of our guides will greet you there and arrange for your pack to be transported down if you have paid to do so. At about 10am, those gathered at Hilltop will begin the 10-mile hike down. We recognize that everyone has their own hiking speed so it is not expected that everyone must stick together. Enjoy the gorgeous hike at your leisure! Once you arrive in the village (located 2 miles before the campground) another one of our guides will greet you in-front of the Tourist Office with a camp wristband and direct you the rest of the way to the campground, or to the local diner if you wish to grab a meal and some Indian Fry Bread. We will have a “Base Camp” set up in the campgrounds area near the Fresh Water Spring where we will share meals together, but you are free to set up your tent wherever you like. If you have opted to use one of our tents, it will be set up for you upon arrival.

 

WILL YOU PROVIDE MEALS FOR MY DIETARY NEEDS?

 

Yes, we’re more than happy to accommodate your dietary needs. Please indicate what your needs are at the time of checkout or send an e-mail to contact@bgwild.com.

CAN I BRING ALCOHOL?

No, the campground is a dry reservation.

WHAT'S THE WEATHER LIKE?
The water at the falls remain the same refreshing temperature year-round. If you plan on swimming, you may want to plan your trip around warm weather!

  • March – April: Low 40 degrees; High 75 degrees
  • May: Low 50 degrees; High 86 degrees
  • September: Low 56 degrees; High 89 degrees
  • October: Low 46 degrees; High 78 degrees

Please keep in mind that these are just averages, and while we keep our fingers crossed for excellent weather, we cannot guarantee it! Unfortunately, we are not able to offer refunds for inclement weather unless the entire trip is cancelled do to severe flooding (extremely rare).

ANY ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS?
Please send us an Email at Contact@bgwild.com
WHAT KINDS OF AMENITIES ARE PROVIDED IN THE HAVASUPAI CAMPGROUND?

 

The campground has two compost toilet facilities, but no showers or electrical outlets. There is a natural spring from which we will fill our water bottles located near the Base Camp. We will have picnic tables, inflatable couches, hammocks, dishwashing and hand washing areas set-up around Base Camp.

 

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