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Pets allowed
No
Elevation Gain
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Trail type
There-and-back
Distance
9.00 mi (14.48 km)
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Once you have made the fabulous hike to the iconic Havasu Falls in Grand Canyon National Park and set up camp at Havasupai Campground, several possible adventures await. The hike to Mooney Falls and Beaver Falls should be high up on the list of any visitor to this section of the Grand Canyon.

The hike to Mooney Falls is a half-mile from the campground. Following a well-marked path with several signs, the trail enters a short tunnel that is thought to have been a natural cave at one time. The tunnel emerges onto a ledge with a nice view of Mooney Falls, which plunges down more than 190 feet. It is the tallest of the Havasupai Waterfalls. The trail then enters a second tunnel. After coming out of that tunnel, the descent to the base of Mooney Falls continues over a series of rock precipices with the help of chains and ladders that are fixed to the canyon wall. Extreme caution should be used on this portion of the hike as mist from the waterfall makes for slippery conditions.

The trail to Beaver Falls is 3 miles long and begins at the base of Mooney Falls. This portion of the hike follows Havasu Creek downstream, requiring hikers to wade in knee-deep water through at least four creek crossings (water hiking shoes are highly recommended). There are also several footbridges. Part of the trail follows a dirt path along the creek, and another section is a beautiful trek through fields of wild grapes with stunning views of the massive Grand Canyon walls. After emerging from the fields there will be more footbridges, maneuvering over rocks, and more wading as you continue downstream before eventually reaching Beaver Falls. There are picnic tables at Beaver Falls. Beyond Beaver Falls, it is possible to hike to the confluence of the Colorado River and Havasu Creek.

This adventure was booked with Arizona Outback Adventures, but adventurers who elect explore the Havasupai area on their own should make advanced reservations for camping or lodging. Call 928.448.2121 for entry permits or camping reservations, or find more information online here.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Fall

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

Entrance Fee Permit

Pros

Remarkable geology. Exceptional views. Refreshing swimming holes. Beautiful flora and fauna. Four beautiful waterfalls.

Cons

Long hike. Heat and monsoon hazards. Steep hike out.

Trailhead Elevation

3,200.00 ft (975.36 m)

Net Elevation Gain

-1,600.00 ft (-487.68 m)

Address

Main St
1
Supai, AZ 86435
United States

Features

Lodging
Waterfalls
Bird watching
Wildlife
Big vistas
Wildflowers
Cave
Geologically significant

Suitable for

Horseback

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Lodging + Camping

Comments

09.01.18
Amazing swimming opportunities below Mooney Falls in Havasu Creek
07.22.17
Havasupai is an amazing place to visit. I've been 4 times since April 2015. The entrance fees for visiting Havsupai have changed for 2017 and advanced reservations and payment are required. If you do not have reservations you will be turned around before reaching the village of Supai. Entrance Fee $50, Environmental fee $10, Camping $25 per night + 10% tax on all fees.

Also be aware of the weather when descending Mooney Falls. This can be a dangerous place in the event of a thunderstorm. Climbing up Mooney Falls is the only way out.
While the campground and falls are in the Grand Canyon, they are not actually in the NPS park boundary, but the Supai reservation, meaning that they manage the areas and all permits for interested visitors need to be acquired through them.
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