What is Havasupai
Havasupai is a beautiful oasis located in the middle of the desert in Arizona. On the corner of the Grand Canyon is one of the most magical and scenic waterfalls with some of the bluest waters you can find. Just look at the top places to travel and you are sure to find Havasupai. It is a hike of 10 miles each way. The water is a green blue color that you won’t find anywhere else. The reason for the color is due to the high amounts of calcium carbonate from the lime rock in the surrounding area. Havasupai means “blue-green water people” in the language of the local Havasupai tribe. It is important to respect the customs and cultures of the local tribe because they are letting tourists come onto their land and visit.
Booking Ahead of Time
On February 1st at 8:00am (AZ time) Havasupai permits open to the public for purchase. It’s important to be ahead of the game because these permits sell out within minutes. Having an account created with your payment information on file and ready to go before the permits go on sale is paramount to getting your spot for the year. Make sure that everyone in your party has created an account prior to making the reservation. The person whose name is on the permit reservation is the Trip Leader. The reservation must be paid in full at time of making reservation. Arrange with all group members to reimburse Trip Leader so the purchase can be made. This payment is non-refundable, non-changeable, and non-transferable. The Trip Leader and must be present with valid ID in order to check in. Having a plan in place is vital to making sure this Havasupai trip is the best getaway ever.
How to Prepare
This is a big undertaking so take the time to fully prepare for your trip. Making sure you can physically undertake this trip. Knowing you can successfully hike a minimum of 20 miles spread out over the amount of days you plan to stay is needed to make it through the journey. If you plan on doing more exploring or swimming, this will also require a physical toll on your body. Start training months before taking on this journey will ensure you have the energy and stamina to enjoy your trek.
Proper Gear & Amenities
Having the correct equipment and gear to safely traverse the hikes is necessary to travel safely. Get together a list of all the necessities you will need along the trip. The most important is to have enough water to last you. The recommended amount is 3 liters of water per person. Next, have snacks and food that is easy to carry and eat. Salty snacks such as trail mix and chips are well suited for the hikes. Also having dehydrated packs of food will efficiently pack into your backpack and easy to make. The clothes you bring need to be light weight and easy to travel in. Make sure to pack your swim wear as well! Along with clothes, having the proper footwear with grip will reduce the risk of an accident, you can bring water shoes as well for when you are in the water. All other needs such as a tents, backpack, etc should be easily carried and not too heavy. Don’t forget other needs such as sunscreen and bug repellent.
When to Go
Weather and timing play a major role in planning for your Havasupai trip. Going when there are large crowds but nice weather allows you to hike and swim comfortably while going during the slow season but dealing with cold weather and not being able to do all the activities such as swimming. Keep in mind that this is in the Arizona desert and will be hot through the summer. The trails do not offer much shade along the paths so leaving early in the morning and staying until the sun sets is preferred during the hotter portions of the year. Knowing when you are going will help you determine your activities and the times you will be hiking during the trip.
Find the Right Group
The most important aspect of being prepared is getting a group with a leader or guide. Having a group can make sure that you travel safely and are able to get through the hike. A party of 12 is the maximum number of members for one reservation. A Trip Leader can help set the pace and make sure you are going the right direction. When choosing your Trip Leader, be sure they are experience hikers and backpackers. With the know how and understand of the land and surrounding areas. This will ensure a smooth and fun experience at Havasupai.
How to get there
Havasupai is located west of the Grand Canyon in Arizona. Whether you are flying in to Phoenix or Las Vegas, or just located in the surrounding area – you are going to have to travel multiple hours to get there. Why spend the time arranging multiple cars to accommodate all the space you will need to get everyone to the right space? Renting an RV can be an efficient way to have a great experience to and from your destination.
Finding a place to stay
Now you know when you are going and who you are going with, it is time to talk about where you are staying. They have an assortment of hotels and camping places that will charge you an arm and a leg to stay for the night. Plus it is nearly impossible to get a booking with these lodgings due to the demand of rooms. Try renting an RV and skip the hotels and lodging to save big. With RV delivery options available, you can have a comfortable place to stay before embarking on your journey. Once you are in the canyons, there are campsites and lodging within the village of Supai. It is important to keep in mind that there is a minimum of 3 nights you must spend in the canyon. These campsites are first come, first serve – so be sure to get away at a good time and have good pacing on your journey to claim your spot.
Things to Do
There are so many things to do while out in Havasupai besides taking in the world class views of the waterfalls and exploring the trails. You can also enjoy swimming in the blue waters and set up camp not too far from the base of the spring. Build new relationships with the others in your group and forge unforgettable memories on an incredible adventure. Take your time to enjoy yourself and connect with nature. This will be something you will hold on to for the rest of your life.