In the depths of the Grand Canyon lies a place of beauty that most don’t know about. The Havasupai, known as the “people of the blue-green water,” who reside there and own the land, have been maintaining this secret and almost mythical place in tact for many, many years, but have permitted visitors to come and experience the magic of the falls and river. The lush oasis of blue-green water is sacred to the Havasupai, and they believe that it not only flows through the land, but through each tribal member. A visit to Havasupai is a visit to their land, their home and their place of origin, and one that is unforgettable. Once you’ve obtained your permit, here’s a sample itinerary to help guide your experience.
DAY 1 – Depart Phoenix for the Grand Canyon
The drive to the trail head is approximately five hours. Starting at 5,200 feet, the trail begins with a series of switchbacks until hikers reach a dry stream bed where it all begins to level out. By mile eight of the hike, the canyon begins to widen and the lush vegetation will become more present as you enter the village of Supai, which happens to be the most remote village in the U.S. Continue past the village to base camp. HIKING: approx 10 miles.
DAY 2 – Mooney and Beaver Falls
Wake up bright and early to get a head start on the day and begin an adventurous day of crossing tropical blue streams and wading through lush meadows of wild grapevines as you make your way to Mooney and Beaver Falls, the last waterfall in the chain of five major waterfalls in Havasu Canyon. The hike to Mooney Falls is difficult and requires you to crouch through a cave and scale the side of a canyon wall using a ropes and ladder system that has been installed – which for those with fears of heights can be tricky, but well worth it once accomplished. Afterwards, continue onto Beaver Falls as to not lose the light of the day. The hike to Beaver Falls takes you through several river crossings and can be a bit much at times getting through the wild vines, but once you reach Beaver Falls, it will all be worth the pain and scratches. HIKING: approx 9 miles.
DAY 3 – Carbonate Canyon, Havasu Falls & The New Waterfalls
Spend the morning in Carbonate Canyon searching for fossils and then take a swim in Havasu Falls. In the afternoon, hike out to see Rock Falls where you can jump through a sheet of water from behind the falls, and at 50-foot New Navajo Falls, enjoy the emerald pools. HIKING: approx 6 miles
DAY 4 – Return To The Top
It’s almost over – Pack up and leave camp as early as possible to avoid the afternoon sun during the hike back 2,400 ft. to the rim. Take your time and once you reach the top of the rim, celebrate your hike, and take a few moments to enjoy the views. HIKING: approx 10 miles.
Trusted Tour Guides
Using a trusted tour guide company to get you down and into Havasupai is highly recommended, not only for safety reasons, but because guides are trained, know the land and can take you to all of the five falls using the correct paths. Arizona Outback Adventures has been the premier adventure company in the Southwestern U.S. since 1997 and are experts in Havasupai.