Hiking to Havasupai
The hike to Havasu Falls on the Havasupai reservation is one of the less difficult hikes in the Grand Canyon. Although not part of the US Grand Canyon National Park, Havasu Canyon is geographically part of the Grand Canyon, and therefore we can correctly say that these waterfalls are the best waterfalls in the Grand Canyon.
Considered a moderately difficult hike, the trail is not hard. But the trail is long - 10 miles long. From Haulapai Hilltop, the trail is fairly steep and winds down switchbacks for about 1 ½ miles. Then the trail starts following a wash that gently slopes downward. You will notice the walls rising rather than the trail descending. As the height of the trails natural borders increase, so does the available shade. Take advantage of as much shade as possible during the summer months.
Hiking DistancesTrail Distances (one way):
Please do not hike at night unless you are familiar with the terrain and area.
Hiking trails of the Havasupai Indian Reservation include:
- Hike in from Hualapai Hilltop to Campgrounds
- Campgrounds to Beaver Falls
- Campgrounds to Colorado River
Note: there is NO hiking allowed in Cataract Canyon or any other trails not mentioned above!
As the trail twists and turns through the narrow canyon making its way to the village, listen carefully for and watch out for the mule pack trains that frequent the trail during tourist season and DO NOT wear headphones. Move as far as possible to the uphill side of the trail when a train comes by.When you stand close to or crowd both sides of the trail, it is extremely difficult for packers to ensure your safety. DO NOT reach out to touch the pack horses as not all horses are tame.
There is no water available on the trail. In warmer months it is hot, dry, and dusty. Carrying plentiful water is not optional - you should have at least 2 liters of water or more if necessary.
Children are advised not to hike in the canyon without a chaperone at anytime.
Remember Right is right. Approacing the village, you will see and hear creek water. Follow it downstream and make sure you cross the bridge to connect to the trail leading to the village. Please stay to your right all the way!
Avoid the Heat
Hike early to avoid the midday heat during the summer months. You should be aware of serious ailments such as dehydration, heat exhaustion or heat stroke that can arise from hiking in the 100+ degree temperatures.