Havasupai Falls: A Hike Like You've Never Done Before

Updated: Oct 21, 2019

Hello! My name is Chelsey from @myexplorewithme, and I can't wait to tell you all about this magical hike I did to Havasupai Falls.

Have you ever imagined visiting some of the bluest and brightest waterfalls that there are in this world? Then you are going to want to visit Havasupai falls in Arizona. Havasupai falls is in the middle of an Indian reservation. These falls create the clearest and most turquoise waters that you may ever see in your life.

The village of Supai is located deep within the Grand Canyon. There are a few ways to get down to the bottom. You can either backpack down, ride a mule down or you can ride in a helicopter and view the falls from above. I chose the backpacking option. Just so you are aware, there are no day hiking options.

The people that run the village of Supai are trying to maintain this waterfall in pristine shape. In order to do this they only allot a certain amount of permits to be given out per day. In order to be able to see these falls you will need to make a reservation in advance. Reservations open February of each year and fill up within hours. Therefore, you’re going to want to call in as quickly as possible to try to receive a permit.

Here are a few tips to help you obtain a permit. Make sure to call the very first day that reservation phone line opens. If you don’t obtain a permit right away then I suggest you continue to call each day and check to see if there are any cancellations. Personally, this is how I obtained my permit along with 6 other permits. The best thing to do is to be flexible with your dates. As I said there is limited availability for each day so being flexible is key.

To make a reservation and obtain a permit, call one of the numbers listed here during the hours of 7am to 7pm.

928.448.2180 / 928.448.2237 / 928.448.2141 / 928.448.2121

Also, they have now also created an online reservations process for permits. Follow THIS link to obtain a permit online.


Let’s talk about the hike itself! I am going to talk about the hike as if you were backpacking it because that was my experience. The hike is a total of 19 miles round-trip. It begins with a mile of switchbacks, which makes for a brutal end to your hike on the way out. But, trust me, it's still worth it.

You keep descending down until you reach Havasu Canyon. You will hike along a dry river bed for about 6.5miles. At mile marker 7.5 you will reach the cutest little village.  Check in at the tourist office for your permits.

Tip! There is a great convenience store at this stop. So, make sure to stock up on whatever you need or may have run out of. They had it all! Chips, jerky, frozen gatorades, water, and much more. Take a minute to recharge before you finish the hike and reach the campground.

After leaving the village, you will continue descending down for another 1.5 miles, and then you will reach the breathtaking Havasu Falls. The waterfall plunges about 100 feet into a beautiful turquoise pool of water.

Stop at the top! Soak it all in-take some pics. This is such a beautiful sight. Don’t rush it. Once you have finished your viewing from this spot continue on down about another 0.5 miles to the camping area.


Come one come all it’s a free for all! Haha but seriously you aren’t assigned spots ahead of time, so choose whatever you want. I chose to be next to the river, so I could fall asleep to the sound of rushing water.:)

When you first enter the camping area there are restrooms for you to use as well as a faucet with fresh water to fill up with.

Now I know what you’re thinking.. what am I supposed to do all day while I’m dow