“…the Grand Canyon…is the land of music. Mountains of music swell in the rivers, hills of music billow in the creeks, and meadows of music murmur in the rills that ripple over rock. Altogether it is a symphony of multitudinous melodies. All this is the music of waters.”
-John Wesley Powell, 1895
Havasu Falls is without question one of the most amazing places on earth. “Havasupai” means “people of the blue green water”, and this natural wonder is the sacred home of many of the Havasupai people. This hike begins at Hualapai Hilltop, making a 10 mile descent through Hualapai Canyon and Havasu Canyon, pass Supai Village to the campground. From here, we access world renown Mooney and Havasu Falls. These spectacular turquoise waterfalls drop into cool travertine pools making some of the world’s best swimming holes. Come on this adventure with Pygmy Guides and experience why this utopia in the desert attracts thousands of people every year from around the globe. We will be traveling light on this one. You are required to carry water and all belongings you will need for the day. There are also options for helicopter or horse transport. Of course Pygmy Guides will be there to take care of all of your needs and ensure an amazing experience at this very special place.
Trip distance: 20 mi/32 km
Elevation change: 2200 ft/640 m
Number of days: 3-5
Time of year: all year round
Difficulty: 5 on a pygmy scale of 1 to 1
Large group(4 or more) prices also available.
A little about the trip.
After arriving at Hilltop, we will start are descent into Hualapai Canyon. Hiking through the narrows of the Esplanade before we come to the lush, green canyon of Havasu. From here we will follow the blue-green water to Supai Village.
Shortly out of this quaint and hidden village we will come to Navajo Falls. Navajo Falls is the first major falls in the series. Tucked off the trail, most people don’t even know it is there. The water here is dispersed and comes from the canopy in a panoramic of white, trickling waters. We can stop here for a swim and maybe take a 30 ft plunge.
Continuing down the trail, we come to Havasu Falls. One look and you will realize why people travel from all over the world just to bath in the swimming hole below. The breathtaking beauty of this sight can make you feel as if you left this world. After falling 100 ft to the blue-green travertine pool below, the water continues it’s coarse cutting through the Redwall Limestone.
With large cottonwoods and a natural spring nearby, you will quickly see why we set up camp here. The serenading sound of tumbling white waters from wall to wall will ensure a good nights sleep. The water here pools and falls, creating the most amazing campground in Arizona.
The campground ends abruptly with a 200 ft plunge over Mooney Falls. The largest of the four falls measures in taller than Niagara.
To make it to the bottom, the explorer will have to climb through two tunnels blasted into the travertine formation and an exposed face laced with a chain and footholds carved into the rock.
If you have not retreated, a 3 mile journey to Beaver Falls could be on the menu. Crossing the water several times, climbing up ropes and over cliffs, all the while stopping at hidden pools and rope swings for a dip, make the journey the destination. Having lunch at Beaver Falls you will realize you are on the best day hike in the world.
This is the trip of a lifetime! So come with us and have a fun, safe, carefree Grand Canyon vacation at Havasu Falls.
Havasu Falls FAQS
Prices of Havasu Falls
Gratuity (8-15% suggested) and 7% AZ sales tax not included.
3 days: $1255 per person
4 days: $1555 per person
Each additional day $300 per person
Havasu Falls Mule Rides $150 each way per person
Havasu Falls Helicopter $90 each way per person
Discounts for groups of 4 or more
Booking an Havasu Falls
Overnight backpacks can be booked from 2 days to 2 years in advance. However backpacking permits are limited and sometimes very difficult to obtain, we highly advise making reservations 6 months or more in advance. Although we can almost always make last minute reservations, there is no guarantee, so the earlier the better.
Cancellation Policy for Havasu Falls
A 50 percent deposit is due upon booking.
Overnight backpacks must be paid in full 30 days prior to your trip.
If you must cancel, a 50 percent refund will be given on all deposits taken.
Can I Join an Existing Trip?
Anyone can join an existing trip if there are openings.
You can also request a private trip, however extra fees may apply (call to inquire about private trips).
Call Toll Free: 877-2PYGMYS (877-279-4697) or 928-707-0215
Snail Mail: Pygmy Guides, PO Box 3175; Flagstaff, AZ 86003
Give us a call, and we’ll build a trip to suit your needs.
Our guides have experience hiking throughout the Grand Canyon so let us know where you want to go if you can’t find the trip on our site.
There is no minimum group size.
Havasu Falls has no limit.
All of our guides possess a vast knowledge of all aspects of the Grand Canyon. We take pride in sending our clients out with guides who have the ability to deal with any situation that may occur. Whether it’s a question on canyon geology, or wrapping a sprained ankle, our guides are there to take care of your needs and ensure a pleasant and safe canyon experience. We will call you before your trip to make sure you have everything you need and answer any question you may have.
Moderate physical fitness is needed for our backpack trips. Our more challenging trips will require not only a higher lever of fitness but also some level of Grand Canyon or desert backpacking experience. Please let us know of any health problems or concerns before your trip.
If you or your group have special needs, we will be glad to accommodate you.
Please call and let us know what we can do to heighten your Grand Canyon experience and make your dream trip possible.
We can pick up at any hotel in Flagstaff, Williams, or Seligman, AZ. Seligman is the closest to the trailhead We recommend The Canyon Lodge 928-422-3255.
All necessary gear, food, permits, guide, etc…
You will be responsible for your own clothing, shoes, toothbrush, hat, camera, etc… Click here for client checklist.
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When to Go
Backpacking trips are available all year round. Please refer to the trip you are interested in to inquire about availability.
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