Havasu Falls Explorer

Flagstaff, AZ
5.0 (8 reviews)

Trip Highlights

  • Turquoise Water & Plunging Falls
  • 2 Full Days at the Falls
  • All-inclusive Tour
  • Amazing Natural & Cultural History
  • Swimming in Idyllic Pools
  • Descend Below Mooney Falls
  • Fantastic Cuisine, Gear & Guides

Description

Our Havasu Falls Explorer backpacking trip into the famous Havasupai waterfalls and the canyon village of Supai is an adventurous, extended option for enjoying the Grand Canyon’s most spectacular waterfalls. We set off from Flagstaff, Arizona and head to the trailhead where we begin our hike into Havasupai. Our hike takes us across broad desert valleys and through serene, winding canyons to Havasu Creek. We follow the creek through the village of Supai and down to the campground, where we enjoy a comfortable basecamp. From camp we spend two days hiking, exploring, sight-seeing, and swimming up and down the canyon, visiting a total of 5 amazing waterfalls that are connected by one of the world’s most beautiful desert creeks.

The rate includes a professional Grand Canyon hiking guide, reservations, local transportation, nearly all your gear, and all your meals. Commercial tours are charged separate tribal fees by the Havasupai Tribe, which are detailed on this page in the pricing section, and are passed through directly to the tribe.


Need to Know: Currently No Havasu Falls Tours

Due to circumstances beyond our control, we will not be operating Havasu Falls tours until further notice. We hope to continue operating tours to Havasu Falls in the future. In the meantime, we offer award-winning hiking and trekking vacations to other incredible Southwest destinations! Check out more of our Arizona adventures.

4 Days
$940 Per Person
Tribal Fees
$475 Per Person
HAVASUPAI TRIBAL FEES  

HAVASUPAI TRIBAL FEES

Havasupai Tour rates (per person) are broken down into two fees:

  1. The Wildland guided tour rate: this rate covers everything we provide, which includes local transportation, guides, meals, transport of supplies and personal items (not on backpacking trip), camping gear, camping reservations, safety equipment, and more.
  2. Havasupai Tribal Fees: the Havasupai Tribal fees are added when you register and cover a per-person entrance fee, environmental fee, and per night camping fees plus 10% tax (the tribe’s fees are higher for commercial companies than for individuals visiting on their own). These fees are dictated annually by – and passed in their entirety to – the Havasupai Tribe.

Please Note: all discounts apply only to the Wildland rate, not to the Tribal Fees.

If you have any questions about our rates or the tribal fees, feel free to call us at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453)!

Return Guests get a 10% discount on all Trips!
Trip Type: Guided Backpacking Trip
Difficulty Level:
Solitude Level:
Group Size: 6-12 Guests
Trip Length: 4 Days
Distance: 27 MI / 43 KM

DIFFICULTY LEVEL 3

Our difficulty ratings are based on a scale of 1-5, tours with a rating of 1 being least difficult, tours with a rating of 5 being most difficult

Backpack Weight:
25-35 pounds
Daily Hiking Distances:
7-10 miles
Most Elevation Loss:
2400 feet
Most Elevation Gain:
2400 feet
Quality of Trails:
Well used
Additional:
This trip requires hiking 10 miles (with 2400 feet of elevation loss) to the campground with 25-35 lb backpacks. Once in camp all hiking is done with light packs until we hike out on the final day (again, 10 miles, with 2400 feet of elevation gain, 25-35 lb backpacks).

The hiking trail begins with downhill switchbacks but after the initial descent is at a very moderate grade most of the way. On our day hike below the campground the trail descends a tall cliff at Mooney Falls on bolts and ladders. This section is very exposed but going below Mooney is optional.

Participants should:

  1. be active and healthy
  2. regularly exercise vigorously
  3. be comfortable hiking 8-10 miles per day with a 25 pound backpack

SOLITUDE LEVEL 2

1 least solitude, 5 most solitude

We rate this Grand Canyon hike a solitude 2 because the trail to Havasupai is well-used, but below Mooney Falls we’ll see far fewer people. You can expect as much as an hour of solitude at a time once we’re several miles into the Canyon. Weekends, and especially holiday weekends, tend to be very busy so if traveling during these periods expect to be around other hikers most of the time.

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WHY WE BASE IN FLAGSTAFF VS. PHOENIX VS. PHOENIX
  1. Reduced drive time by 3 hours on first day of hiking
  2. Guide support is only an hour away vs. 4-5 hours away in Phoenix.
  3. Increased flexibility with unforeseen circumstances
  4. Flagstaff is a scenic mountain town with great hiking and restaurants!

Groome Shuttle
Groome Transportation operates an Arizona Shuttle that makes 9 dependable trips daily each direction between Phoenix and Flagstaff. The duration is 2.5-3 hours. They pickup/drop off at Sky Harbor Airport and the Metro Center in Phoenix, and in Flagstaff at the Amtrak Station (near downtown) and the NAU campus.

Note: Groome also offers daily transportation (3 trips in each direction) from Flagstaff to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.

Car Rental
Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix has a fantastic car rental facility that is easily accessible and hosts a great variety of companies. We recommend checking Priceline.com as well for especially good deals.

Arizona Executive Transport
Arizona Executive Transport offers private, reliable SUV service between Phoenix and Flagstaff. This option is best if you’re traveling in a group of 3 or 4. As Wildland Trekking guests, your one-way cost for up to 4 passengers is only $275. Simply type “Wildland Trekking Company” in the Discount Code Box at the bottom of the online registration page. You can go to http://www.arizonaexecutivellc.com to make your reservations online.

Private Trips

Traveling in perfect company is a wonderful thing! With our private trip offerings you can book a trip exclusively for your group. Whether it’s with family, friends or colleagues, private trips are a fun and enriching way to explore the outdoors.

Private trip pricing is based on a sliding scale, depending on the number of people in your party. Rates are per person and do not include sales tax and national park fees (where applicable) or guide gratuity. Give us a call at 800-715-HIKE to get the ball rolling!

Private Rates FOr This Trip

  • 2 People: Rate x 2
  • 3 People: Rate x 1.3
  • 4 People: Rate x 1.1
  • 5+ People: Rate x 1

*all rates are per person

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ITINERARY

ITINERARY

Day 1

  • Shuttle to Hualapai Hilltop: 3.5-hour drive from Flagstaff
  • Hiking Mileage: 10 miles
  • Elevation Loss: 2,400 feet

This Havasu Falls backpacking tour begins at Hualapai Hilltop. We’ll do a pack fitting/adjustment before beginning our hike downhill through a relatively steep series of switchbacks before leveling off in a beautiful red sandstone canyon. After 6 miles of hiking this canyon intersects with Cataract Canyon and Havasu Creek, whose enchanting turquoise waters are some of the most inviting in the world. We follow this creek for 2 miles to the village of Supai before continuing on another 2 miles to the campground. En route to the campground we pass three of the five major waterfalls, Rock Falls, Fifty Foot Falls, and Havasu Falls.

We’ll set up camp and save the rest of the day for photographing and enjoying Havasu Falls, or walking down to the top of Mooney Falls. Your guide will prepare a fantastic dinner before we turn in a for a great night’s sleep.

Havasupai waterfall

Day 2

  • Hiking Mileage: 7 miles (optional day hiking)
  • Elevation Change: 500 feet

Leaving camp set up, we’ll spend day 2 exploring the stunning waterfalls that make Havasu a world-renown Grand Canyon destination. We’ll hike downstream to Mooney Falls which is perhaps the most magnificent of all of them at 200 feet tall. We’ll then continue hiking downstream another 2.5 miles to Beaver Falls, where the canyon becomes increasingly dramatic with small waterfalls cascading under ash and cottonwood trees. Big horn sheep are often an added bonus, as this area provides them with rare, valuable grazing habitat. Beaver Falls makes for a fantastic lunch spot before we hike back to camp and another wonderful dinner.

Day 3

  • Hiking Mileage: 5+ miles (optional day hiking)
  • Elevation Change: 300 feet

After sleeping in and enjoying a hearty breakfast we’ll have the rest of the day to hike and explore Rock Falls and Fifty Foot Falls, which are less-visited but equally as stunning as Havasu and Mooney Falls, and make for unforgettable swimming and photography. We’ll be back in camp mid afternoon to relax and prepare for the next day’s hike out.

Day 4

  • Hiking Mileage: 10 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 2,400 feet
  • Shuttle to Flagstaff: 3.5-hour drive from Hualapai Hilltop

In the warmer months (May through September) we’ll get a very early start, which can be as early as 4 or 5 AM. We’ll hike back through the Supai Village, Cataract Canyon and up to Hualapai Hilltop, where we’ll enjoy lunch and cold drinks. Our drive back to Flagstaff is a time for reflection and will likely pass in a stream of memories as you relax and enjoy the natural scenery of Northern Arizona before arriving at our starting point in Flagstaff.

Please Note: We always do everything in our power to follow the set itinerary, however it can change occasionally based on temporary access restrictions, weather, lodging/campground availability, guest ability/injury, natural events like fires and flooding, and other potential causes.

Trip Dates & Booking

TRIP DATES & BOOKING

Due to circumstances beyond our control, we will not be operating Havasu Falls tours until further notice. We hope to continue operating tours to Havasu Falls in the future. In the meantime, we offer award-winning hiking and trekking vacations to other incredible USA destinations!

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Don't see your dates? Call us! We may be able to add new trip dates.

800-715-HIKE (4453)

Trip Details

Trip Details

What's Included

  • Top-of-the-line backpack, tent, sleeping pad, and sleeping bag
  • Use of trekking poles
  • All meals are included from breakfast the first day through lunch on the last day
  • A professional, knowledgeable, certified Grand Canyon backpacking guide
  • Havasupai camping reservations
  • Roundtrip transportation from Flagstaff to the trailhead and back
  • Emergency equipment including a company-issued first-aid kit and satellite phone
  • You will receive a Lifetime Hiking Membership entitling you, your spouse and kids to a lifetime discount of 10% off any Wildland Trekking hiking trip after your first one!

What's Not Included

  • Havasupai tribal fees (mandatory per-person entrance, environmental, and camping fees) are added separately and collected at time of registration (more info above)
  • Clothes, raingear, and footwear (Oboz hiking shoes and boots recommended)
  • Sunscreen, toiletries and personal items
  • A lightweight stuff sack for your belongings
  • Water bottles and a headlamp or flashlight
  • Guide gratuity (industry recommendation is 10-20% of trip cost)

Click here to see a printable, downloadable trip information packet with more detailed guidance about what to pack.

Meals: What To Expect

All of our hiking and backpacking tours include a diversity of tasty meals packed full of critical carbohydrates, proteins and fats. We carry foods that travel well in the backcountry – rice, pastas, lentils, beans, couscous, packaged meats, nuts, breads, oatmeal, granola, and more.

For optimal taste and energy, we supplement all our meals with spices, herbs, oils, cheeses, butter, sugar, and fruits and vegetables (fresh and dried). In addition, we provide you with with an assortment of trail mix, snacks, and dried fruits to eat at your own discretion.

We regularly accommodate vegan, vegetarian, kosher and non-gluten diets and will make adjustments for food allergies. These and other special dietary requests may require an additional fee.

Gear We Provide

We provide all group gear which includes the following:

  • Deuter or Osprey backpacks
  • Sierra Designs, Kelty or Big Agnes tents
  • Sierra Designs, Kelty, Big Agnes and Mountain Hardware sleeping bags
  • Thermarest or Big Agnes sleeping pads
  • Leki or Black Diamond trekking poles
  • Cooking stoves and cookware
  • Company-issued first-aid kit
  • Emergency communication device(s)

What Gear To Bring

We ask that you supply a couple of gear items on your hiking tour. These items are three 1-liter water bottles per person, a lightweight stuff sack for your clothing and personal items (pack light!), and either a headlamp or flashlight per person. Basic items like sunscreen, bug repellent (where and when applicable), lip balm, and toiletries are also important. All of these items are available online at Wildland Trekking Outfitters.

What Clothes to Bring

When you register for this tour you’ll receive access to a printable, downloadable trip information packet with detailed guidance about what clothes to pack (click here to see it now.) All trips require a sturdy pair of hiking shoes or hiking boots, rain gear, and our recommended clothing system. A minimum of three pairs of wool or synthetic hiking socks are also required. All of these items are available online at Wildland Trekking Outfitters.

Trip Logistics

Trip Logistics

How do I Register?

Reserve your spot today! In the Trip Dates & Booking section of this page, the green and red dates are bookable online by simply clicking on the date, and blue dates must be booked through our customer service team for a variety of possible reasons. To email our customer service team, you can click here to get the ball rolling. Our adventure consultants will confirm availability, and if you’re ready to register we’ll email you a link to a registration profile. You’ll have 72 hours to complete your profile (and that of any dependents) and pay the deposit.

Feel free to call us for more info – we’re here 7 days a week!

Where Do We Meet?

Unless we tell you otherwise, you will meet your guide and group at the Little America Hotel in Flagstaff (use this reservation page for a 10-60% discount at Little America) for an orientation meeting at 5:00 PM the evening before the trip begins. We’re happy to give you a ride to this meeting if you’re not staying at Little America, but staying at one of our other recommended hotels. Your guide will then pick you up at your hotel the next morning for transport to the trailhead. For Private Grand Canyon Tours your guide will meet you at your hotel in Flagstaff at an agreed upon time.

Click here to see a printable, downloadable trip information packet with more detailed guidance about flights, shuttles, recommended lodging and more.

Start/End Times

Your guide will inform you of the first day’s pick-up time at the orientation meeting. Generally, you can expect it to be between 4 and 7 am, although the exact time will depend on current weather and road conditions. We will drop you off at your hotel on the final day normally before 5 PM (this time is not guaranteed, as a variety of circumstances can influence our exact return time).

Safety Considerations

Your safety is our top priority. Our hiking tours are led by professional hiking guides, all of whom are wilderness-certified first responders or EMT’s, each with years of guiding and wilderness experience. We’ve developed comprehensive risk management protocols that our guides adhere to in case of an emergency, and most tours carry a satellite phone. If you have any further questions about safety, please contact us at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) for more information.

Guides

Your tour will be led by a trained, experienced professional with a solid guiding background, years of personal wilderness and hiking experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into breathtaking landscapes. Check out our Meet Our Team page for staff bios.

Guide Working Parameters

Guides are required to take 8 hours off each 24-hour period to sleep, recuperate, take personal/down time…etc. In addition, as part of the 8 hours off they must sleep/rest or be in their tents/rooms uninterrupted for a minimum of 5 hours each night. We ask guests to respect these requirements and to not interrupt guides’ off time and sleep time unless there is a true emergency.

Group Size and Age Restrictions

The maximum group size for this Havasu Falls Tour is 12 guests and 2 guides. All participants must be a minimum of 12 years old. If you have more questions about group size or age restrictions, please give us a call at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) and we’ll answer all your questions.

Weather in the Grand Canyon

The weather in the Grand Canyon varies tremendously from the rim to the canyon floor, with as much as a 30 degree Fahrenheit difference. For this reason, the Canyon is truly a year-round hiking destination. To be fully prepared, please follow the recommended clothing list closely (this list comes as part of your trip packet when you register). Read below for average high and low temperatures at the South Rim and the Canyon bottom:

Average Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

MonthSouth RimCanyon Bottom
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Dec-Feb41°18°60°38°
March51°25°71°48°
April60°32°82°56°
May70°39°92°63°
Jun-Aug82°

53°108°75°
September76°47°97°69°
October65°36°84°58°

November
52°27°68°46°

Accommodations

Accommodations

Backcountry Sleeping

Tent Camping

Sleeping on backpacking trips is in premier 1-person, 2-person or 4-person backcountry tents. Solo travelers, and anyone else who requests it, are issued single tents. Top-of-the-line self-inflating sleeping pads and sleeping bags (professionally laundered after every trip) are also provided.

Backcountry Cuisine

Fresh & Delicious

Meals from breakfast Day 1 through lunch the last day are fully included and prepared by your guide. We never use dehydrated backpacking meals, instead serving freshly prepared, delicious backcountry cuisine made with a variety of common and specialty ingredients that travel well in the wilderness.

Amazing Campsites

In the Action

Of course campsites vary tremendously by destination, trip and even by the individual day of a trip. However, you can expect to camp in beautiful areas that put you right in the action to make the most of your backpacking adventure. We carefully design our itineraries with campsites in mind.

Trip Reviews

Trip Reviews

  • Average Customer Ratings:

  • 5.0 (8 reviews)
Brittany D.
5.0

beyond phenomenal

2 years ago

Our trip to Havasu was beyond phenomenal. Wildland Trekking did a wonderful job to prepare us and our guides were even more incredible. We had a great time exploring and our guides were very friendly and outgoing. The comrodary in our group was great. To top it all off we ate very well down there! I would highly recommend this trip to anyone!

Gabby A.
5.0

Awesome Guide!

2 years ago

Kevin was awesome! I would not have been able to experience Havasu to its full extent without him. He knew SO much about the area (and everything in general) that I did not have a dull moment the entire trip. I will definitely be doing another trip through Wildland, and hopefully with Kevin as our guide.

Paula I.
5.0

Ready to Book Again with Wildland Trekking

2 years ago

Paula and Rosie were both amazing guides. Extremely knowledgable about the Havasu tribe and the land we hiked through. They surpassed all of my expectations. The meals they planned were far beyond the typical backpacking meals I was expecting. Both were encouraging during our hikes in and out. Would highly recommend them to anyone wanting to book a hiking trip through Wildland Trekking.

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