So...Havasu Falls has been on your bucket list for awhile now and you are finally ready to take time off and go! Step one: decide what time of year you want to go (best times are between March and June) and how many people are in your group. Im sure you have heard about how difficult is is to get permits. February 1st the phone lines open and people start calling hour after hour; some never getting through. In light, the Havasupai Tribe has set up an online reservation system but do to an overwhelming amount of reservation requests they decided to go back to using the phone lines.
Here are the tribes phone numbers to call for camping reservations.
Reservation lines are open from 9 A.M. - 3 P.M. on Monday through Friday. They usually sell out for the whole year within a month or two. Hopefully they will get the online system figured out and can handle all of the requests in the future.
(photo by Bill Church)
However, if you actually get through you will need to be ready to pay for your whole party. They have several fees:
Camping Fee: $25.00 per night, per person + Tax (10%)
Entrance Fee: $50.00 per person + Tax (10%)
Environmental Fee: $10.00 per person + Tax (10%)
-So 3 nights would be $148.50 per person.
*prices as of 2017*
They only accept MasterCard and Visa credit cards, no checks. Also you must present a photo ID when picking up permits in the travel office once you hike down. They have a strict resale policy. Sorry guys!
"Reselling of reserved permits is strictly prohibited. Any person caught reselling a reserved permit may, at the discretion of the Havasupai Tribal Tourism Department, be banned from receiving future permits to enter the Reservation"- Official Havasupai Tribe
Also if you are thinking about day hiking, its not allowed and you may be asked to hike out.
Some additional cost you might consider are; riding horseback down the trail or renting a pack horse to carry your bags. The price is the same for both, $121.00 one way/242.00 round trip per horse, reservations must be made one week ahead of time. It takes 3 hours for the horse/mules to make the trip.
Here is a fun option! Helicopter rides are available at certain times and are $85 one way. So if you don't want to hike the 8 miles down to the village then just fly! You will have a beautiful view of the canyon but, you still have to hike 2 miles down to the campground but this is not a difficult trail. The ride is about 10 minutes and the Havasupai tribe members are taken first.
March 15 to October 15:
Sunday: 10 am to 1pm
Monday: 10 am to 1pm
Thursday: 10 am to 1pm
Friday: 10 am to 1pm
October 16 to March 14:
Sunday: 10 am to 1pm
Friday: 10 am to 1pm
If you are looking for help with directions to Havasupai follow this link. The nearest town to the trailhead is Peach springs, AZ and is 1.5-2 hours away. This road has a lot of wildlife sightings, horses, elk, wild boars, turkeys, etc...please be cautious! The trail head does NOT have any water so be prepared, bring an extra gallon of water! Granogi groups usually camp in the parking lot and leave out early (4-6am).The trail head begins from the parking lot (Hualiapai Hilltop Parking Lot). It is 8 miles down to the village of Supai and another 2ish miles to the campground.
Some of you might be thinking this sounds great! I have all the gear and know how to set up a great camp. However, some of you may be thinking I would love to go but thats too much work. I don't have any gear or know how to do a backpacking trip. Thats why when you go with a guide alot of the planning and work is taken out so you can enjoy Havasupai falls! When you go with Granogi they let you pick what you need help with; gear, food, transportation. So if you are a solo backpacker and just didn't get a permit into the falls we can accommodate you. If you are new to backpacking and want help with meal planning or gear rentals, we can help with that too. You are not required to stay with the guide (we do suggest you travel in pairs) but, if you want to be on your own schedule then go for it! If not then great, we will be happy to show you around the amazing waterfalls and share the history of the Havasupai Tribe. The majority of our trips include a yoga instructor as well, classes are optional. We just want everyone to be able to come together and experience the magic of Havasupai falls!
If you do make it through and get in, be sure to check our schedule to see if we're there too! We would love for you to say hello and even join us for a yoga class in the morning!
Keep checking in for more post on Havasupai trips!
Check out the Official Havasupai Tribe website here
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