Amazing Places: Havasu waterfall in Arizona - USA

Havasu Canyon (Credit: An Pham)

Havasupai Falls Arizona is a major destination and one of the best amazing places for hikers who want to visit the blue-green waterfalls. Hidden in the Grand Canyon, and difficult to get reservations for, this paradise is for those who can plan ahead and enjoy hikes of 8 miles or more. The Havasupai people live near the Havasupai Falls in the Supai Village.

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The only other location in Northern Arizona that is just as difficult or more difficult to get a permit to visit is The Wave. 300-400 people stand in line daily to get a Permit via the Lottery System in Kanab, Utah. Getting a permit to either Havasupai or The Wave is considered a rare experience now.

Due to the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, HAVASUPAI WILL REMAIN CLOSED UNTIL FEBRUARY 1, 2022. Reservation holders with Campground reservations that have arrival dates affected by this closure will be rescheduled for the same date in 2022. This applies to Campground, Lodge, and Pack Mule reservations. No new reservations will be available for purchase while tourism is suspended.
The Havasupai Reservation and Supai Village remain on lockdown and are CLOSED TO ALL TOURISTS. Please do not travel to the Havasupai Reservation or Supai Village. All tourists are prohibited from entering.

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A hike down to one of three falls -

The Havasupai people, or Havasu `Baaja, the people of the blue-green waters, are the traditional guardians of the Grand Canyon. Related to the Yuman, the Havasupai have from the beginning, inhabited the Grand Canyon and its environs.

By 1919 with the establishment of the Grand Canyon National Park, the Tribe was restricted to 518 acres, 5 miles wide and 12 miles long in a side canyon. The Tribe has since had returned to the 188,077 acres of their former homelands which makes up their reservation today.

The Havasupai Reservation is located in Coconino County, at the southwest corner of the Grand Canyon National Park. The nearest community to the Reservation is Peach Springs, 64 miles southwest of Hualapai Hilltop.

The Havasupai Reservation consists of the plateau country, dissected with deep, scenic canyons characteristic of the Grand Canyon of the Colorado River. Notable geographic features include “The Great Thumb,” Long Mesa, and Tenderfoot Mesa, which converge on the Coconino Plateau at the south end of the reservation.

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Havasu (Cataract) Canyon, now the permanent home of the Havasupai Indian Tribe, is internationally known for its blue water and spectacular waterfalls adorned with travertine columns, shelves, and skirts. The topography of the plateau areas varies from rolling, gentle slopes, to escarpments of outcrops of the Kaibab Limestone.

The population for the Havasupai Tribe is 639 with a median age of 24.8 years. The largest employer of the tribal members on the reservation is the Tribe. The main occupation of individual members is packing and working for tribal enterprises (tourism).

The Havasu `Baaja, draw their strength from the land, which is sacred. Visitors are asked to preserve the magnificence of the Havasupai homeland and respect their natural resources which contribute to their spiritual direction. All visitors are asked to leave their liquor, drugs, weapons, and pets at home and to take their trash out of the canyon.

The best way to reach Havasupai is from Highway 66, six miles east of Peach Springs, onto Indian Route 18, a 64-mile road to Hualapai Hilltop. From the Hilltop parking lot, there is an eight-mile trail to Supai Village. This trail may be traveled either by foot or horse.

PLEASE NOTE: It requires a 10-mile hike EACH WAY to the beautiful Blue Green waterfalls of Havasupai.

Havasupai Falls has been the destination of the avid hiker and adventure seeker in the Grand Canyon for years now. As a result of this ever-increasing demand…the impact on Havasupai has grown too large. So, there are some significant changes this year for booking your Hiking and Camping trip to the Falls.

Havasu waterfall, Arizona
Important notes

All luggage and vehicles are subject to search for prohibited items when entering the Havasupai Reservation. These items include alcohol, drugs, drones and weapons. Violators are subject to fines and even imprisonment.

There's no Wi-Fi or cell phone service at the campground and only limited service in Supai Village.

There is no emergency assistance in the canyon. If you are injured, it could take hours to get treatment in or transportation out of the canyon, and you'll be on the hook for the cost of any rescue efforts.

Be SURE you are up for a Multi-Night Backpacking experience. If this is your FIRST Multi-Day Backpack Trip…we recommend that you take AT LEAST one Overnight Backpacking trip prior to Havasupai. This is not a good environment to learn about Overnight Backpacking. Please come prepared with some previous Multi-Day Backpacking experience.

Leave no trace: Havasu Falls and the Havasupai Reservation are special places, wilderness areas whose breathtaking beauty and natural habitats for local wildlife are worth preserving. Please adhere to the Leave No Trace principles as much as you possibly can so future visitors may continue to enjoy.

And Finally, entrance onto the Havasupai Reservation is conditioned upon the Tourist’s consent to the Tribe’s civil regulatory and civil adjudicatory jurisdiction. By entering onto the Havasupai Reservation, non-Indians consent to the Tribe’s civil regulatory and civil adjudicatory jurisdiction. Tourists consent, contractually, to the Tribe’s civil jurisdiction by possessing an entrance permit to visit the Reservation.


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