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Havasupai Indian Reservation

az

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Distance: 10.0 miles


A backpacking adventure that leads you down into the Grand Canyon of Arizona. The payoff is arriving at some of the Canyon's must jaw dropping waterfalls. While exploring this remote area, you are guests on the Havasupai Indian Reservation. Best time to go-Spring Worst time to go-August
  • Havasu Falls
  • Mooney Falls
  • Hualapi Hilltop Trailhead
  • Switchbacks

This hike is well documented, and I must say quite accurately all over the web.  Getting there is relatively easy, as it is downhill to the Indian village.  The first 2 miles are steep switchbacks.  Once the switchbacks are behind you, you find yourself in a slot canyon.  For the next 6 miles, the crunching of gravel beneath your feet will echo off of the sandstone walls which surround your every move.  Water is your biggest ally in this barren wash; bring plenty with you.  Once in the village, you must stop and pay for your stay.  There is a small supply store in this village and a post office.  The one thing that may be understated is the last 2 miles with most of it being sand.  These final 2 miles do suck the life out of you after almost 8 miles of hiking.

The hike out can be mind numbing.  On my last visit, I actually rode a helicopter out allowing more time to enjoy the rest of the vacation.  However, the first time I trekked down to this heavenly spot, I found myself in a hellish predicament.  As I stated earlier, water is your biggest ally.  I ran out just prior to the final 2 mile ascent.  It was 100+ and about 3pm.  I suggested to wait until the sun lowered behind the canyon walls, but the 2 people I was with voted to go for it.  It was the longest 2 miles of my life.  Severe dehydration!  "God is that you?".......  We eventually made it; it was dark out.


Last year, 2008, one week after enjoying the paridise of Havasupai, a historic flash flood roared through this fragile environment.  I am sure a lot has changed since my last visit.  The tribe has almost fully recovered and plans to reopen June 1, 2009. 

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naked man
Aug 12, 2013

I advise not making reservations but c hiking in at night. Just walk by the office ive done it three times no problem the stupig Supai are just riping you off and they run their horses at you to boot.

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injun scalper
Jul 21, 2013

The whle enterprise is a ripoff from the 35 dollars to hike in to the ridiculos camping fee. I have been down a couple times and never pay. An old lady tried to scare me off by saying that a cougar would get me if I hiked in at night. I told her you whre more likely to get rabies from the hungry dogs that roam the trail. A beatiful place but the locals are greedy and disgusting.

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injun scalper
Jul 21, 2013

The whle enterprise is a ripoff from the 35 dollars to hike in to the ridiculos camping fee. I have been down a couple times and never pay. An old lady tried to scare me off by saying that a cougar would get me if I hiked in at night. I told her you whre more likely to get rabies from the hungry dogs that roam the trail. A beatiful place but the locals are greedy and disgusting.

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