ElevationAscent: 2,346' 715 m
Descent: -2,346' -715 m
High: 5,175' 1,577 m
Low: 2,901' 884 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 34% (19°)
“A scenic, 19-mile round-trip route within the Havasupai Indian Reservation.”— Connor Davis
-If interested, visitors can purchase helicopter rides both in and out of the canyon through Airwest Helicopters.
-Many visitors pay for horses and pack mules to carry their belongings in and out of the canyon. These services can be reserved ahead of time through the Havasupai Tourist Office.
-The village of Supai has plenty of supplies, including food and water, that can be found at two different stores: Sinyella Store and Havasupai Grocery Store. Try to support both stores, as they rely heavily on tourism.
-The only alternative to camping on the reservation is staying at the Havasupai Lodge. Reservations can be made through the Havasupai Lodge Office.
-The journey into the canyon is significantly easier than the journey out, so plan ahead and give yourself extra time.
About a mile and a half in, the trail completely flattens out and you’ll find yourself on the canyon floor, weaving along a 20-foot wide riverbed for the next 4 miles or so.
By the time you reach mile 5, the canyon narrows a bit more. The trail is about 10 feet wide again with some shade for the first time, thanks to the canyon walls. The walls are also much taller by now, standing well over 100 feet.
Once you’re closing in on the 6-mile mark, the scenery changes vastly, and becomes more representative of what’s to come in Supai and the various waterfalls ahead. Some packed sand comes into play, trees start to appear in the distance, and you can hear Havasu Creek flowing if you listen closely enough. The trail also descends into the canyon a little bit more dramatically at this point, signifying that you’re only a couple of miles from Supai.
Seven miles in, you’ll find yourself under lush Gambel Oak trees in more sand. The walls are even taller now, ranging up to a good 300 feet, and Havasu Creek will soon appear on your right. A half-mile later, about 7.5 miles in, you’ll cross a bridge over to the right side of the creek, move away from the water a bit, and finally descend into Supai.
Once you reach the bottom of this descent, about 8 miles in, the canyon opens way up and you’ll see Supai. Upon reaching the village’s main area, the Havasupai Tourist Office will show up on your left, where you need to check in.
You’ll then make your way through the village and descend 2 miles further into the canyon, with the exception of a couple short uphill sections (the first real uphills of the trip in). Navajo Falls appears below the left side of the trail, a little over 9 miles in, and after crossing another bridge, Havasu Falls will soon appear below the trail on your right.
After one more mile of descending, you’ll finally reach the Havasupai Campground, and you can start planning your trip for the way back. Make sure to check out Mooney Falls and Beaver Falls, too, which are located 0.5 and 3.5 miles past the campground, respectively.
Gambel Oak, Scrub Oak, Prickly Pear Cactus, Yucca
Bobcats, Mountain Lions, Rams, Mule Deer, Common Kingsnakes, Rattlesnakes, Wild Horses, Domesticated Horses, Pack Mules
The reservation was officially created in 1880 on just 518 acres. But in 1975, through the Grand Canyon National Park Enlargement Act, the reservation was expanded to 188,077 acres, allowing the Havasupai people to build a new economy around tourism.
This tourism economy has its downfalls, though. Managing such a large piece of land is a lot of work, and visitors often leave their trash behind, degrading the environment in the process. It’s also expensive to manage this land, and it doesn’t appear that the tribe has the resources it needs. For obvious reasons, visitors must treat this sacred land with the utmost respect.
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Land Manager: Havasupai Indian Tribe