1. Do you need to permit? 
2. Can you change your reservation?
3. Are pets allowed?
4. Can you bring your kids? Is this a kid friendly hike?
5. How do you get there?
6. How do you take the helicopter or use mules?
7. Where is the closest gas station?
8. Can you sleep in the parking lot?
9. Is there any cell phone reception?
10. What should I pack?
11. Is there food available? How do you keep your food safe?
12. Can you bring alcohol?
13. How much money should I bring?
14. Can you rent equipment?
14. Can you bring a drone?
16. What's the best time to start the hike?
17. Where are the washrooms?
18. Is water available? Do you need a filter?
19. Where do you stay? Campground vs Lodge
20. How many waterfalls are there?
21. Should I bring my water shoes?
22. What did you wish you knew before the hike?

1. Do you need to permit?

Yes you do need a permit. Almost the entire season's permits sold out within hours for 2018 when permit sales started February 1, 2018 at 8:00 AM Arizona Time! No day hiking is allowed. Permits are non-refundable and non-transferable and at the time of booking you can include two names with the permit & number of guests.

You can get the permit at the official website https://www.havasupaireservations.com or call Havasupai Tourism Office at (928) 448-2121. We have found that it is easier to book through the website because the phone line gets extremely busy. When booking be careful to select the correct number of nights. For example, two nights = three days. A lot of people have accidentally booked one day less than originally wanted because of this. 

2018 Permit Costs (including all fees & taxes)

All weekend nights (Friday, Saturday, Sunday), holiday nights, and spring break dates will be charged an additional $18.33 per night. These include Feb. 19, May 28, July 4, Sep. 3, Oct. 8, Mar. 5-8, Mar. 19-22

Reservations to stay at the Lodge in the village (8 miles from trail head) include permit.

2. Can you change your reservation?

Permits are non-refundable and non-transferable and at the time of booking you can include two names with the permit & number of guests. That being said, some people have accidentally booked one day less than they wanted and have changed their reservation by contacting Billy at the Havasupai Tourism Office at 928.448.2180 or 928.448.2237 or 928.448.2141 or 928.448.2121. 

There have been random times where additional spots have opened up and was announced on the Facebook page. Also fellow hikers have had spots open up in their reservations and have posted the dates and spot available on the Facebook page.

3. Are pets allowed?

No pets are not allowed but there are friendly dogs living in the village.

4. Can you bring your kids? Is this a kid friendly hike?

Although we don't have kids, we saw people hike with their kids. You know your kids best, to know if they would be comfortable doing a long hike. Keep in mind you can make use of the mules to help carry your packs & helicopter service.

5. How do you get there?

The two closest airports are Las Vegas (4 hours away) & Pheonix (5 Hours away). We were coming from Las Vegas which was a 4 hour drive. We don't recommend driving to the trailhead in darkness because there are deer and cattle in the area. We had a deer and a cow run across the road while driving to the trailhead. Drive cautiously!

Set your Google map to Havasupai trailhead or Hualapai Hilltop for the accurate location of the trailhead parking lot. It is at the end of Indian Road 18, off of Route 66. It would be a good idea to save to offline maps because the cell service is unreliable in the area on Route 66. The closest gas station is on Route 66 Mile Marker 93 - Grub Station (coming from Vegas). There are also gas stations in Peach Springs & Kingsman. 

GPS coordinates

36° 9′ 44″ N, 112° 42′ 34″ W


36.162222, -112.709444

To get to Havasupai village & the waterfalls, you have two options a 10 mile hike (8 mile to the village & 2 miles to campsite) or you can take the helicopter to the village and hike 2 miles to the waterfalls. There are mules available for $130 for 4 backpacks. If there's less than 4 of you, try to split it with other hikers. People have ridden horses in the past arranged by the Lodge and Tourist Office. I'm not sure if this is still offered.

The hike to the village can take anywhere from 3 hours to 5 hours. It's a hell of a lot harder with a large backpack 30-50lb! Please don't pack your whole life or you will pay for it!

6. How do you take the helicopter or use mules?

We didn't use the helicopter or mules but below is the information we've gathered from other generous hikers!

Helicopters rides are not offered daily by AirWest 623-516-2790. There are no reservations taken and it is first come first serve. On the days the helicopter is running, it starts from 10am to 1pm.

March 15 to October 15: Sunday, Monday, Thursday, Friday

October 16 to March 14: Sunday, Friday

Natives and supplies get priority. I have heard people have waited anywhere from 2 to even 8 hours. It runs non-stop every 20 minutes until everyone is accommodated. The flight is less than 10 minutes.

It costs $85/ each way with additional charge for payment by card and they also take just your backpack for $25 each way. The flight leaves from Hualapai Hilltop, and drops you off in Supai Village 2 miles from Havasu Falls Campground. 

Mule Pack Transport is available for $130 each which can carry 4 backpacks for a total weight of 130lbs. Maximum size is 36" x 19" for a backpack. Reservations can be made through camping office (928) 448-2180 or (928) 448-2237.

7. Where is the closest gas station?

The closest gas station is on Route 66 Mile Marker 93 - Grub Station (coming from Vegas). There are also gas stations in Peach Springs & Kingsman. 

8. Can you sleep in the parking lot?

To start the hike early and not get caught in the mid day sun, a lot of people choose to sleep in the parking lot. It is not recommended but a lot of people do.

9. Is there any cell phone reception?

Using T-mobile I lost reception before even reaching the trail head. Some people have some receipt at the trail head. There is reception in the village and also Navajo Falls, the first waterfall you will see.

10. What should I pack?

We have a detail list in a separate blog. Briefly our backpacks were around 40lb each with 2-3L of water, tent, camera, swim wear, towel, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, hammock, stove, pot & food.

11. Is there food available? How do you keep your food safe?

Most people bring their food but there is a store and cafe in the village and also the famous fried bread hut. Across from the hut, there were also burgers being sold. The caveat is that the food in the store is more expensive. Everything is more expensive because it had to be brought in by helicopter or mule. I suspect there must be a different price for non-natives as well.

There are little animals waiting to pick away at your food so bring a bag to hang your food. We used a plastic bag hung on a branch and they got to it. They will also try ripping through any thin canvas bags. Don't leave your food in your tent or you might find a hole. Buckets are available at the campsite but when we arrived, none were available.

12. Can you bring alcohol?

No. Alcohol, drugs, drones, rock climbing and nudity is prohibited.

13. How much money should I bring?

Bring cash. Even through they take credit card, there will be an additional fee. Make sure you factor in costs of any transport - mule or helicopter. If you're planning to eat in town, bring extra because everything is more expensive because it had to be brought in by helicopter or mule.

14. Can you rent equipment?

Yes! We don't have our own equipment and figured it would be best to rent. We rented our backpacks, hammock, tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad & stove from https://www.basecampoutdoorgear.com. They were really accomodating and delivered our rental gear ahead of our arrival to the bell desk at the hotel. Delivering to the bell desk there is no charge (for us at least), while delivering as a package will usually incur a charge. Call your hotel in advance and make sure they would be willing to receive your rental equipment. 

15. Can you bring a drone?

DO NOT bring a drone. I know it's tempting in a place this beautiful but there is a $1000 fine and just please respect the rules and don't ruin it for everyone else.

16. What's the best time to start the hike?

The hike can take anywhere from 3 hours to 5 hours. To make the most of your day, aim to reach the campsite before noon. The majority of hikers start at the trail head at 5-6am. The sun hits all the waterfalls around noon so you can fully enjoy your time in the water! 

17. Where are the washrooms?

There is a washroom at the trail head parking lot and then nothing for 8 miles until you reach the village. There is washroom next to the basketball court in the village next to the post office & store.

On the campsite, 2 miles away from the village, there are 4 compostable washrooms evenly spaced out over 1 mile which are well maintained, stocked with toilet paper & hand sanitiser. 

18. Is water available? Do you need a filter?

There is no drinking water available until you reach the campsite from the Fern spring and you do not need to filter. The water tastes pretty good, better than our hotel tap water.

19. Where do you stay? Campground vs Lodge

The campsite is 2 miles long along the creek, starting after Havasu Falls and ends at Mooney Falls. There are 4 compostable washrooms evenly spaced out. Drinking water is available at the start of the campsite Fern Spring. It's a beautiful camp site with lots of trees and well maintained with bridges across the creek for more camping options.

The Lodge is in the village which means you will have to hike an extra distance everyday to enjoy the falls. $175 per night per room for maximum 4 people with 2 beds, washroom and AC. Additional $90 entrance fee will be charged and permit fees are all included. 10% tax will be applied.

20. How many waterfalls are there?

  1. Upper Navajo Falls
  2. Lower Navajo
  3. Havasu Falls
  4. Mooney Falls
  5. Beaver Falls

21. Should I bring my water shoes?

Yes bring water shoes for when you reach the campsite. You can also opt to hike in them but the sand getting in might not be comfortable. It's worth it to wear good hiking shoes and bring a light pair of water shoes to enjoy the falls.

22. What did you wish you knew before the hike?

  • Bring hiking sticks! They will save your knees.
  • Bring water shoes & always bring enough water for your hike.
  • Please don't leave anything behind. Be prepared to hike out with everything you hiked in with. People were leaving behind their water shoes and tanks of empty gas. 
  • Protect your food or bring enough money to just eat at the Fried Bread Hut.

Just enjoy it! You made it!