Hiking: Itís an eight mile hike to reach Supai village, and two more miles to the Havasu Falls campground.The first mile of the hike from the trailhead at Hualapai Hilltop has some steep switchbacks, but the rest of the trail is fairly mild following a flat, sandy canyon.Beautiful sandstone canyons with a rich red hue, ancient pictographs, and the headwaters of Havasu Creek await those who travel this path.Even those whose physique has seen better days can make this roundtrip hike with a good attitude, and smart hiking. Guided Tours: A guided tour with a professional guide may be the best way to see Havasu Falls.Meals, mules, permits, gear and all the details are taken care of for you.Professional guiding companies offer a safe, hassle-free experience, and more importantly, you have someone with you who know the area inside and out so you donít miss a thing.
Mules: Mules are available for personal transport and to carry gear.The first part of the ride can be unnerving for those with vertigo, and inexperienced riders will surely have a sore backside.The reward is a real wild west adventure. Gear Transport: $75 one way/ $150 round trip Personal transport: $75 one way/ $120 round trip + $40 non refundable deposit
Helicopters: Helicopters rides are offered daily, weather permitting.$85 each way with one medium sized backpack (20-40 lbs.)The flight leaves from Hualapai Hilltop, and drops you off in Supai Village 2 miles from Havasu Falls Campground.The helicopters are first come first serve, and the flight is less than 10 minutes.
The Lodge: These rooms are simple with no telephones or televisions. There are two double beds, a private bath and AC. All rooms are non-smoking. $145 per room up to four people + $35 entrance fee + $45 deposit + 10% sales tax.Booking for the busy season can fill nearly a year in advance so be sure to reserve early. Lodge Reservations:(928) 448-2111
Camping: Primitive camping is available year round. The campground is right below Havasu Falls, with many of the campsites along Havasu Creek. Accommodations include:picnic tables, spring water and port-o-lets. Bathing in the creek is permissible with biodegradable soap, but who needs soap? Camping is the option most people choose. The lodge is nice, but it is almost 2 miles from Havasu Falls, and just doesn't give you the full experience.
Camping Reservations:(928) 448-2141
Safety: There are some dangers to be aware of when hiking these trails.This is not Disneyland, and help is not always around the corner.Trails can be steep and rocky, and you need to be able to rely on your skills for a safe trip.If you donít have these skills just get yourself a professional guide. The winter months do have cold weather, and it can snow.Hypothermia can occur - but a little preparation, and the proper gear will allow you to see the falls in a peaceful state, sometimes without a single other hiker in the campground. Or, you can stay in the confines of a nice cozy lodge. Flash floods are a reality in the monsoon season, which is typically July and August.This is not a big problem as long as you are aware of the weather and your surroundings.They usually last a short amount of time, and can put on a spectacular show of nature's power, and provide a glimpse of how the Grand Canyon was formed. The summer months can have temperatures well over 100 degrees F in the shade.Heat exhaustion and dehydration are common in the summer months and can lead to more serious conditions.Hike early, stay hydrated, eat plenty of food and salty snacks, and if you are not comfortable doing this on your own, just get a qualified guide.