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Havasupai Arizona Travel Tips

Havasu Falls

Havasu Falls

Havasupai Arizona is an amazing place to visit, but it takes some planning to get there. Luckily I went with a friend who had taken the trip before and is a great planner. Check out the following travel tips to make sure you’re well prepared for your trip!

  • Make your reservation in advance. You cannot just show up at the Grand Canyon Hualapai Hilltop and hike into Supai. You will need to have either a camping or Havasupai Lodge reservation for your group. Make sure you call ahead to confirm your reservation. Each person will also be required to pay a registration fee upon arriving and carry a tag on your day pack to show you’re registered.
  • We stayed at the Supai Lodge and packed coolers with our food and a small gas grill. There are picnic tables at the lodge to eat dinner. We packed our lunches when we went hiking each day. If you do not bring your food there are not many food options in the village, however there is a small restaurant. Try the indian frybread! It’s yummy, but you should also bring some healthier options.
  • In addition to reserving your accommodations you may also want to hire a pack horse to help you get your food and belongings into the canyon. The hike in to Supai Village is 8 miles so if you are staying for a few days you may not want to carry everything in on your back. Make sure you plan to only pack 120lbs per horse. These horses work very hard do not try to overpack them!
  • If you’re driving a distance to get to the Grand Canyon you may want to break up your trip by stopping in Peach Springs and then hiking out to Supai the next day. Peach Springs is the last town on the way along Route 66 before you get to the Grand Canyon Hilltop. We stayed at the Hualapai Lodge which is a nice lodge with a pool and restaurant. If you do stay in Peach Springs try to get there in time to visit the amazing Grand Canyon caverns!

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Havasupai Waterfalls

havasufalls

Havasu Falls

After an exciting day of hiking into the Grand Canyon to Supai the next morning we set out to hike out past Little Navajo Falls and Havasu Falls to Mooney Falls. Mooney falls is the highest of the Havasupai waterfalls plunging 190 feet into a pool of crystal blue water. Mooney falls is named after a prospector who fell to his death at the waterfall in the 1882. Getting to Mooney falls is an adventure in itself as you have to descend through tunnels in the steep cliff and then use a series of chains and ladders to get to the waterfall and the pools below.

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Havasupai Adventure: Hiking into Supai Village

The day after exploring the Grand Canyon Caverns we got up early and drove to the Grand Canyon where we would begin our 8 mile hike to Havasupai Lodge where we would stay at the Havasupai Indian reservation. It was raining again and we were a bit worried that if the rain didn’t let up we wouldn’t be able to hike into the canyon due to flash flooding.

horsiesWhen we arrived at the Hualapai hilltop of the Grand Canyon the rain had mostly cleared up. It was still cloudy, but after about 20 minutes the clouds began to dissipate revealing the majestic canyons. We had hired horses to transport our things to the lodge in Supai so as the horses arrived we unloaded our things and headed down the trail. We descended from the hilltop 1,400 feet down a switch back trail that lead us into the bottom of the canyon. It was an amazing feeling to hike all the way down into the canyon.

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Exploring Grand Canyon Caverns

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In the second week of June I decided last minute to go on trip with a group of my friends to Arizona.  I really needed a fun adventure and I also thought it would be a good opportunity to take pictures and take some video and maybe even shoot a movie. We made it to Peach Springs, Arizona along Route 66 and checked in at the Hualapai Lodge which is a part of the Hualapai indian reservation. Our plan that evening if we arrived early enough was to take a tour of the Grand Canyon Caverns which is also along Route 66 about 10 minutes from the Hualapai Lodge.

There were so many interesting things to see along the way the the Caverns including the Caverns Inn. We arrived at the Grand Canyon caverns and purchased our tickets for the tour. Our group got in the Cavern’s elevator which took us 21 stories and 210 feet underground. Our tour guide explained to us that the Caverns were discovered in 1927 by a man named Walter Peck who was on his way to play poker with his friends. He stumbled and almost fell into the hole and later came back with some friends with some rope to enter and explore the caverns. He was hoping to find gold in the caverns, but instead found iron oxide and rust. He also discovered two human skeletons and a saddle on a ledge 50 feet deep in the cavern!

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