After years of wanting to go I finally got the chance to go this year! I was there March 29th-March 31st and couldn’t have asked for better weather. Getting permits isn’t an easy task. They go on sale every year on February 1st 8AM Arizona time. You either need to be on their website: https://www.havasupaireservations.com minutes before they go on sale or call them at either one of these numbers: 928.448.2180 - 928.448.2237 - 928.448.2141 - 928.448.2121. The entire year of permits was sold out within minutes! Sometimes people get reservations and aren’t able to go so with some luck you may score permits later in the year. To relieve some stress on opening day it is suggested to create an account beforehand on their website.
Camping fees 2018:*
One Person, 2 Days / 1 Night: $140.56
One Person, 3 Days / 2 Nights: $171.12
One Person, 4 Days / 3 Nights: $201.67
Weekend nights (Friday, Saturday, Sunday), Holiday weekday nights (February 19, May 28, July 4, September 3, October 8), and Spring Break weekday nights (March 5-8 and 19-22) are an additional $18.34 per night.
*Prices are still pending for 2019
Getting to the trailhead was a roadtrip in itself. The closest airports are either in Las Vegas (4 hours) or Phoenix (5 hours). There are very few shopping centers and gas stations along the way so make sure you stock up on supplies/water and gas before heading off. Down in the village, 8 miles in, you may refill your water as well as in the campground. Many hikers either take water filters/purifiers but I found both unnecessary. The water is already drinkable as is.
Day camping is not allowed whatsoever. The hike down to the campground is 10 miles one way. You may either hike the whole way down and back up or use the helicopter to get down to the Supai village and then hike 2 miles to the campground. I opted in hiking the whole way down and back up. You may also hire a pack mule to take down your backpacks/supplies down to the village and back up for an extra fee. The hike itself is a moderately difficult hike. It’s my 30lb+ backpack that made it difficult but it was a very rewarding experience!
Sleeping bag & Pad
2L Water bag
700ml Water Pouch
2 Quick Dry Undies
2 Pairs of Socks
1 Thermal Shirt
1 Fleece Jacket
1 Rain Jacket (didn’t use)
First Aid Kit
Food for 3 Days
Mega Warmers (gets cold at night)
Odor Proof Zip Lock Bag (squirrels will tear holes in your bags/tents)
The experience is unforgettable and the falls within the reservation are worth the hike! If you have any questions, feel free to contact me or comment below. Where should I hike to next!? Comment below :)