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Havasu Falls Hike via Havasupai Trail

Havasupai Reservation

Colorado River Grand Canyon, Arizona

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  • The view from the Hualapai Hilltop Trailhead.- Havasu Falls Hike via Havasupai Trail
  • Hikers beginning the 2,000-foot descent on the Hualapai Hilltop Trail switchbacks.- Havasu Falls Hike via Havasupai Trail
  • Sharing the trail with pack horses near the end of the Hualapai Trail switchbacks.- Havasu Falls Hike via Havasupai Trail
  • Breathtaking views along the trail.- Havasu Falls Hike via Havasupai Trail
  • Once the switchbacks end, the trail continues on another 1,200-foot descent.- Havasu Falls Hike via Havasupai Trail
  • The trail continues through the dry wash of Hualapai Canyon.- Havasu Falls Hike via Havasupai Trail
  • Hualapai Canyon to Havasu Canyon.- Havasu Falls Hike via Havasupai Trail
  • The trail continues through the narrows.- Havasu Falls Hike via Havasupai Trail
  • The trail beside the creek is lined with trees.- Havasu Falls Hike via Havasupai Trail
  • Crossing a bridge over Havasu Creek.- Havasu Falls Hike via Havasupai Trail
  •  Nearing the village of Supai, approximately 8 miles from the Hualapai Hilltop Trailhead.- Havasu Falls Hike via Havasupai Trail
  • Wigleev, a sacred rock formation in the Supai sandstone, overlooking Supai village in Havasu Canyon.- Havasu Falls Hike via Havasupai Trail
  • The village of Supai is a small city with approximately 450 tribal members.  - Havasu Falls Hike via Havasupai Trail
  • Continuing on the trail to New Navajo Falls. - Havasu Falls Hike via Havasupai Trail
  • New Navajo Falls is about 1.5 miles from Supai.- Havasu Falls Hike via Havasupai Trail
  • A view of the Upper Falls.- Havasu Falls Hike via Havasupai Trail
  • Lower Navajo Falls. The swimming hole is a nice place to cool off after hiking nearly 9 miles.- Havasu Falls Hike via Havasupai Trail
  • You can see the two falls in this photo. This waterfall looked much different before a flood came through the canyon in 2008. - Havasu Falls Hike via Havasupai Trail
  • Back on the trail to Havasu Falls and the campground there are burned trees from a previous fire along the trail.- Havasu Falls Hike via Havasupai Trail
  • Helicopters fly back and forth bringing visitors and/or gear from the Hualapai Hilltop Trailhead. - Havasu Falls Hike via Havasupai Trail
  • The last leg of the 10-mile hike leads over a bridge.- Havasu Falls Hike via Havasupai Trail
  • A sign on the trail announcing the Havasu Falls overlook.- Havasu Falls Hike via Havasupai Trail
  • The first look at Havasu Falls from the overlook.- Havasu Falls Hike via Havasupai Trail
  • Havasu Falls is a 90-foot to 100-foot vertical waterfall that goes over a cliff into a large pool.- Havasu Falls Hike via Havasupai Trail
  • Hikers enjoying a refreshing swim in the Havasu Falls water that stays at about 70 degrees all year. - Havasu Falls Hike via Havasupai Trail
  • The campground is a quarter mile from Havasu Falls. - Havasu Falls Hike via Havasupai Trail
  • An almost full moon rising over Havasu Falls.- Havasu Falls Hike via Havasupai Trail
  • Ground level views of Havasu Creek.- Havasu Falls Hike via Havasupai Trail
  • Ground level views of Havasu Falls.- Havasu Falls Hike via Havasupai Trail
  • Sharing the road with the horses along the trail.- Havasu Falls Hike via Havasupai Trail
  • Looking back after 8.5 miles of hiking.- Havasu Falls Hike via Havasupai Trail
  • After an ascension of around 2,000 feet, the Hualapai Hilltop Trailhead comes into view...a welcome sight after approximately a 5-hour hike from the campground.- Havasu Falls Hike via Havasupai Trail
  • Havasu Falls terraces.- Havasu Falls Hike via Havasupai Trail
  • Havasu Falls in the afternoon.- Havasu Falls Hike via Havasupai Trail
  • Havasu Falls in the afternoon.- Havasu Falls Hike via Havasupai Trail
  • Havasu Falls early in the day without the crowds.- Havasu Falls Hike via Havasupai Trail
  • Preparing descend from Hualapai Hilltop.- Havasu Falls Hike via Havasupai Trail
  • Steep canyon walls as the trail nears the village.- Havasu Falls Hike via Havasupai Trail
  • Steep canyon walls as the trail nears Supai village.- Havasu Falls Hike via Havasupai Trail
  • Supai village.- Havasu Falls Hike via Havasupai Trail
  • Havasu Creek below Supai village.- Havasu Falls Hike via Havasupai Trail
  • A hiker nears Supai village on the Hualapai Hilltop Trail.- Havasu Falls Hike via Havasupai Trail
  • Sparse greenery exists toward the bottom of the Hualapai Hilltop Trail as the trail nears Supai village.- Havasu Falls Hike via Havasupai Trail
  • Sparse greenery exists toward the bottom of the Hualapai Hilltop Trail as the trail nears Supai village.- Havasu Falls Hike via Havasupai Trail
  • Sparse greenery exists toward the bottom of the Hualapai Hilltop Trail as the trail nears Supai village.- Havasu Falls Hike via Havasupai Trail
  • A long exposure of Havasu Falls as swimmers enjoy the waters.- Havasu Falls Hike via Havasupai Trail
  • Havasu Creek cascades over limestone travertines through the campground.- Havasu Falls Hike via Havasupai Trail
  • Havasu Creek cascades over limestone travertines through the campground.- Havasu Falls Hike via Havasupai Trail
  • A somewhat risky crossing linking campsites opposite of the main trail.- Havasu Falls Hike via Havasupai Trail
  • A typical campground along Havasu Creek in the campground.- Havasu Falls Hike via Havasupai Trail
  • Havasu Falls.- Havasu Falls Hike via Havasupai Trail
  • Havasu Creek pours over Mooney Falls just below the Havasu Campground.- Havasu Falls Hike via Havasupai Trail
  • Havasu Creek pours over some impressive limestone travertine cascades below Mooney Falls.- Havasu Falls Hike via Havasupai Trail
  • A somewhat risky footbridge in the campground.- Havasu Falls Hike via Havasupai Trail
  • Limestone cascades below Havasu Falls.- Havasu Falls Hike via Havasupai Trail
  • Mooney Falls.- Havasu Falls Hike via Havasupai Trail
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Wonderful adventure with diverse geology. Flora and fauna. Stunning waterfalls. Refreshing swimming holes.
Cons: 
Crowds. Pack mule and horse traffic. Exposed to sun.
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Region:
Colorado River Grand Canyon, AZ
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
No
Net Elevation Gain: 
2,800.00 ft (853.44 m)
Parking Pass: 
Entrance Fee Permit
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Fall
Suitable for:
Hiking, Horseback
Total Distance: 
20.00 mi (32.19 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
5,200.00 ft (1,584.96 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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The out-and-back hike on the Havasupai Reservation in the Grand Canyon to the famous Havasu Falls is a 10-mile, 2000-foot descent of moderate difficulty that is a bit more challenging on the ascent. The Hualapai Hilltop Trailhead begins with a series of switchbacks through tall cliffs and colorful sandstone and shale canyon walls for approximately a mile. At the end of the switchbacks the trail continues through sandy washes and over gravel and dirt footpaths until reaching an area known as the Narrows.

Eventually the trail passes from Hualapai Canyon into Havasu Canyon before reaching the Havasupai village of Supai. Supai is approximately 8 miles from the trailhead. The village has the Havasupai Tourism Office in addition to a general store that sells cold drinks and food and a Tribal Cafe. From Supai you'll have plenty of opportunities for further exploration, including the highly recommended hike to Mooney Falls and Beaver Falls.

Note that the return trip is steep and exposed; consider hiking early in the day, and be sure to bring plenty of water and sun protection.

Advance reservations for camping and lodging in Supai are recommended. Phone numbers and mailing address can be found on the national park site, and more information on fees, permits, and lodging can be found on the Havasupai tourism site.

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