Havasupai: All You Need to Know If You Scored Permits

Everyone who has been will go back if they get the chance – without blinking an eye. Those who gave up their chance to go, immediately regret their decision the minute they hear the stories from their friends who did go.  

Here's the quick and dirty about making your trip to Havasupai a legendary adventure.

  • One, you got permits.  That on its own is worth bragging about. Be stoked you're going! 
  • Second, the hike is not hard, unless you want it to be. Pack right and pack light. And if you can't carry your own gear there, maybe you shouldn't go. No need to burden the pack mules with all the extra stuff you're not going to use or need while you're there. You can learn to pack with our list of things you need and things you'll likely carry only for pain and suffering. 
  • Camp out at the trailhead the night before your permit dates. Set up next to your car, in the parking lot or on the gravel and dirt. There's no actual campground. For a quick set-up, throw down your sleeping pad, jump in your sleeping bag, and sleep under the stars. Don't worry, you're not breaking the law. 
  • FYI, there's porta potties and pit toilets at the trailhead.
  • Start your hike in early. If the sun is out, it's likely hot. Yes, it's how it works.
  • There's no water from trailhead to the village. If you don't know how much you personally need, take at least 2 liters. Once the sun hits you, it's like glitter and it will stay on you. 
  • Watch for the pack mules on the trail. They're carrying 130 lbs. of someone else's gear and don't have time for your sh!t. Would you stop if you were carrying 130 lbs. of someone else's gear?
  • 9 of out 10 hipsters wearing Chacos will regret their decision after realizing that the entire trail isn't a yellow brick road. It's mostly gravel and an uneven path that will tear up your feet without proper boots or shoes. 
  • Once you reach the campground, make sure you snatch up a Home Depot 5-gallon bucket with a lid to store your food. Yes, the orange buckets. Unless you want the small critters, mainly savage viking squirrels, that will tear through your gear if they get a hint of that jerky you've been snacking on. 
  • No need to carry a water filter unless you're planning to make it to the confluence where the Colorado River meets Havasu Creek. There's free natural spring water at the campground for your shopping convenience. And it's free.
  • Yes, you can hang your hammock and sleep in it if you want. There's trees in the campground. It's the outdoors after all.
  • Make the most of your time there - relaxing is for the birds. 

Mileage from Point to Point

  • Trailhead to Supai Village: 8 miles
  • Supai Village to Campground: 2 miles
  • Havasu Falls to Mooney Falls: the length of the campground
  • Mooney Falls to Beaver Falls: 4 miles
  • Beaver Falls to the Colorado River: 4 miles

Add all these in reverse order to get your roundtrip mileage from each point. It's math.