Havasu Falls Do’s and Don’ts
Do's and Don'ts when visiting Havasu Falls
Here are a dozen well thought out “Do’s and Don’ts” for you. If you are visiting Havasu Falls you might find some or all of the following information will help you. It certainly won’t hurt you.
Granted, there could be a seemingly endless list of things we could create here. But we kept it to a nice, even one dozen. If you have something you’d like to contribute for this section, let us know. We will gladly review your content and consider adding it.
1. DO Make reservations. You’re going to need them anyway. It is wise to make them in advance. You will need a reservation for the campground or the lodge, or even for a day pass in order to visit Havasu Falls. If you show up without reservations, the best scenario is your fees will be doubled. That’s the Havasupai Tribe’s policy. The worst scenario is the tribe does not grant you access for some reason and you will be required to leave. This is an adventure like a Chevy Chase “Vacation” movie which nobody wants, especially if you’ve travelled a long distance.
2. DON’T Go Unprotected from the Sun. This advice is for year-round. Yes, the sunshine feels great, especially if your home is in another climate which doesn’t get as much sun as Arizona. However, the Arizona sun is also powerful and easily harmful. Remember, these are desert conditions. Even in winter, you can get a sunburn at Havasu Falls which can create immediate negative effects not to mention long-term skin damage. Sunscreen is basically a must. Bringing hats, long sleeve shirts, and sunglasses are highly recommended.
3. DO Drink Plenty of Fluids and Eat Healthy. Make a conscious effort to stay hydrated. Drinking at least 1 quart or liter of water is recommended for each hour of outdoor activity, even more when the temperature is above 85 degrees Fahrenheit. Remember, Arizona is a “dry heat.” There is no available water on the trail for the first 8.5 miles until you reach Supai. Eating healthy snacks will also help you to maintain your energy level. As for meals, freeze dried foods are a great solution. They’re delicious, high in protein, low-maintenance, and lightweight.
4. DON’T Plan on Going Online in Havasu Canyon. You’ll be connected alright, but to yourself and to nature not the internet. Facebook, Twitter, email, etc…ain’t gonna happen here. Plan ahead for the disconnect. Don’t miss the moment and reason why you’re there.
5. DO Bring a camera. This magical setting can make even the challenged photographers look like a world class talent. You don’t even need “a great eye” for it. Remember, the stunning beauty of the waterfalls called you here, and it will be right in front of you. Some say the pictures of Havasupai Falls don’t do it justice. This may be true. But bringing a camera and taking your own photos will surely minimize regrets, and help to keep alive your vivid memories of this adventure to see beauty like no other.
6. DON'T Bring alcohol, drugs, or firearms. All of these items are illegal for you to possess while on the Havasupai Nation Reservation. Don’t try to justify why you need any of these things. Don’t think it will be fun to break tribal law and be under their jurisdiction.
7. DO Pack appropriately. Packing smart is an art. It is a science, too, but not always an exact one. You don’t want to overpack. But you don’t want to be in need. 7-11 doesn’t have a Havasu Falls location. Think of a nice-sized backpack, along with a day pack. Backpacks are used for multiple day hikes to carry the gear and supplies you need. Day packs are used for day hikes. Consider this rule of thumb to weigh on what to pack and how much. We recommend a backpack weighs no more than 25% of your body weight. And speaking of weight…
8. DON’T Take this Hike in and out of Havasu Falls lightly. This means know what you’re getting into. A trip here is a good source of motivation to lose a few pounds if you are overweight. It is a moderately challenging hike, a distance of 11 miles from Hilltop to the Havasu Falls Campground. Training in advance and breaking in hiking shoes before the trip would help to ensure you have an easier and more enjoyable experience. Don’t take unnecessary risks seems like a given, but we’ll add it here anyway.
9. DON’T Bring Pets. This is mainly for safety reasons. Havasu Canyon is home to various animals which live in the wild. There are also free roaming dogs which are owned by members of the Havasupai Tribe who reside in the canyon. Then as you can expect there are also the various risks around the waterfalls. Not bringing your pets to Havasu Falls can also be a sign of your love. They will be much safer if they aren’t brought along.
10. DO Respect the Land and its Residents. This is a wide-ranging topic. It means showing respect to any tribal members with whom you cross paths. It means respecting the land, which includes not leaving any trash behind. It means not feeding or approaching wild animals in their natural habitat. It means hanging your food from a tree branch, not leaving food in your tent or in a bag on the ground inviting a critter invasion. Your intentions or mistakes don’t help the animals, and they can hurt you. Going hungry would be no fun. Even worse possibly, an animal bite could ruin your trip to Havasu Falls, and get you sick.
11. DON’T Think for a Minute a Visit to Havasu Falls isn’t Worth the Trip. It most certainly is. You’ll surely experience moments where you are in pure awe. You’ll also create memories which can last a lifetime.12. DO Take Advantage this Website. AboutHavasuFalls.com has a great deal of information and resources in one, easy to find place. It’s free. It’s reliable. It’s helpful if not valuable. If you would kindly consider our trustworthy sponsors here on the site for the things you want or need, pleas do. It will help us cover our costs to maintain and improve what we do for you and other adventure-seeking hikers and campers called to see the one and only natural beauty which is Havasu Falls.