Tips for Hiking Havasupai

Tips for Hiking Havasupai
Havasu Falls is located in the northeast of the Grand Canyon on native Havasupai tribe land. The beautiful waterfall is a refreshing change from the desert scenery of the canyon, and its striking blue water is breathtaking. The area is remote, however, with only a small village and campsite nearby. Follow these tips to prepare for your hike through Havasupai.


Difficulty: Easy

Step 1
Plan your trip in the spring or fall months to avoid hot weather and flash flooding. June, July and August are extremely hot in northern Arizona and fall into its monsoon season, making flooding a serious risk. If you must go during the summer, check weather reports and forecasts before making plans, but remember that the canyon can flood without warning.
Step 2
Consider making reservations, especially if you plan to visit during the spring or summer months. The lodge in Supai Village is small and fills quickly, and tourist traffic to the falls is limited during peak times.
Step 3
Pack plenty of water for the hike down the canyon, and again when you hike to the falls. The trail is dry and often very hot.
Step 4
The only supply route to Supai Village is the route that you will take into the canyon. Pack animals are often seen along this trail; be careful to stay out of their way. The rule of thumb when meeting on a narrow trail is to allow the party hiking uphill to pass as you step to the uphill side of the trail. In the case of a large pack train, however, you may have to let them pass even when you're hiking uphill.
Step 5
If you are camping in the valley, keep your equipment well-organized. During the summer months, you might have to move camp quickly to avoid being caught in a flood.
Step 6
Mooney Falls are spectacular and well-worth the hike, but the climb to their base is extremely steep and often wet from the water spray. While chains are placed in exposed areas for safety, you must wear well-fitting footwear and be prepared for a challenging climb. Do not take pets along this trail. They will not be able to grip the rock.

Tips & Warnings

Swimming is allowed at the falls, so you may want to stuff a bathing suit into your pack. -Reservations require a 50 percent deposit.

Article Written By Gregory Johnson

Greg's passion for the outdoors has led him in hikes across the United States and over diverse terrain. Though he currently resides in the foothills of Appalachia, Greg spends his summer months working and hiking in such places as Tucson, Arizona, and Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

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