Havasu Canyon Trail

Coconino County, Arizona

Distance6.3mi
Elevation Gain3,339ft
Trailhead Elevation5,178ft
Top5,181ft
Elevation Min/Max3237/5181ft
Elevation Start/End5178/5178ft

Havasu Canyon Trail

Havasu Canyon Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Coconino County, Arizona. It is 6.3 miles long and begins at 5,178 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 12.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,339 feet. The Hualapai Hilltop parking is near the trailhead. There are also restrooms and a fast food. Along the trail there are springs. This trail connects with the following: Supai Trail.

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100 Classic Hikes Arizona (The Mountaineers Books)
Scott S. Warren
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"Havasu is one of those places where a spectacular natural setting combines with the fascination of Native peoples to create a uniquely memorable backcountry excursion. Living for the past several centuries within this beautiful side canyon of the Grand Canyon, the Havasupai Indians are comfortably isolated from the maddening rush of the outside world. Adding to the Garden of Eden ambience of their home are the clear blue-green waters of Havasu Creek and the incredible waterfalls that are formed as the creek tumbles toward the Colorado River." Read more

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7/26/2018
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7/5/2018
All I can say is AMAZING. This was an incredible, beautiful, challenging hike. The grade wasn't terribly difficult but it was long and very hot. I would definitely recommend using a guide service and hiking down to the canyon is so rewarding. The hike in and out are about 10 miles each way and super strenuous but well worth it. The first view of Havasu Falls is spectacular!
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3/13/2012
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6/1/2011
30 Miles of hiking to see some of the best waterfalls in the US. A must see
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5/17/2011
A good backpacking trip. Only 2,400 feet vertical that makes the 10 mile hike very easy. Hike through old river bed. Many horse packing stuff into and out of the Reservation. Can helo out for $85, or have your pack flown out for $20. Campground still recovering from the 2009 flood. Also Havsupi Falls beautiful, but not a world wonder becasue 2009 flood significantly changed topo. All in all a great backpack into the campground. Stayed 4 days. This was after backpacking GC Bright Angel Trail which is a world wonder.
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10/2/2009
When I was young in the 70's I hiked the entire range of peaks in the San Gabriel mountains in So.Cal. Did the Sierra's many times. Hiked Whitney, etc. Got back into hiking in my older age. This hike was by far the best I've ever been on. Everything is packed into a dense and pleasurable experience. The waterfalls are unbelievably gorgeous. Hiking past Mooney I came over a rise and was 20' away from 9 bighorn sheep. Incredible. An excellent hike you'll remember for the rest of your life.
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10/1/2009
I've done many trails but this was definitely in the upper echelon. Pure natural beauty throughout the trail with the awe inspiring waterfalls serving as a brilliant climax. If you have the chance this is a must do!
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6/12/2009
My best friend and I backpacked the 10 miles in to see Havasu Falls and Mooney Falls and it was worth every step. The last few miles of the trail are the hardest as you're hiking through loose, deep sand, but overall it's not a bad hike. Havasu Falls is breathtaking, especially early in the morning while most of the other campers are still sleeping. You should start your hike very early to get to the campground early if you want to get a good spot as it fills quickly. We decided to camp toward the lower end of the campground close to Mooney Falls to avoid the crowds closer to Havasu Falls. We had to cross a creek to our campsite, but it was really pretty and much quieter than the upper end of the campground. Mooney Falls was also wonderful. The climb down to the base can be a bit frightening if you have a fear of heights, but I took my time and had no problems. My friend, however, did not make the climb down due to her fear, so it's certainly not for everyone. I would highly recommend this hike for anyone capable of doing it.
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6/10/2009
Drop dead gorgeous. The trail down to the campground was much easier than expected. The campground is, understandably, crowded, and the most difficult part was using the porta-potties. The tribe is recreating the pools with sandbags after the flood, which are almost fully covered by the travertine at Havasu Falls. You can still see raw sandbags at Moony Fall’s pool. The hike to Beaver Falls, past Moony, is a lot of fun, with a small amount of rock climbing, beautiful geology, and fun cliff scrambling. On the hike out, try to get to the last cliff by 8am and you will have shade while ascending.
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8/14/2008
This trail is amazing, the waterfalls breathtaking and unforgettable, and if you keep a smile on your face at all times and not take any aloofness personally, the Havasu people are sweethearts. I envy their laid back way of life and their soft red dirt roads, absent of the heat and loudness and sharpness of cars. The only metallic sound in that canyon is noise of the two choppers coming in and out, but all around you in Supai, everything is soft looking and feeling.
We experience one and a half day of blue green water, and then their was a flash flood. It was so amazing to see that much new water, brown and red clay colour, pouring into everything. Mooney Falls was not very scary at all to get down into. There are so many cool streams and greenery and more canyons to hike around there too.

My favorite part- taking my shoes off after swimming in Havasu Falls and walking barefoot back to camp. That red dirt is magical and my feet were always cleaner than anyone else's. It is the softest most healing earth and I felt at one with the canyon when I wasn't trying to keep the dirt out with my shoes. I found out it wasn't even dirt at all! More like a canyon dust that cleans you!
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Trail Information

Coconino County
Nearby City
Swimming
Additional Use
Waterfalls
Features
Havasupai Indian Tribe
Local Contacts
USGS Havasu Falls, Supai
Local Maps

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Dec 2018