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Havasupai Indian Reservation
Ranked #5 of 8 things to do in Supai
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Owner description: Inhabiting the Havasu Canyon for nearly 1,000 years, the Indian tribe operates a lodge and campground near Havasu Falls.
Reviewed November 20, 2012

This was a great adventure. The hike in was definately exhausting since the temp was 110 in the afternoon. Took about 6 hours to hike in with a group of 9 (including kids) and fully loaded backpacks. The waterfalls were so much more beautiful than I expected; really breathtaking. We found a great camp right next to the stream and fairly close to the fern spring. The water was bracingly cold but just so blue-green and beautiful. We slept on the ground out under the stars and ate dried fruit and granola for three days but it was all worth it. We saw a wild horse with her foal, a turantula, a grey coyote, a velvet ant, a 6 foot gopher snake and a dead rattlesnake, along with stray dogs which we friendly and liked to sleep in our camp. The hike out went much better since we left before sun up and walked out without the oppresing heat, although the switchbacks seemed endless. So much fun. A true test of physical and mental strength. Everyone in our group agreed it was a great adventure.

5  Thank Colette S
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Reviewed October 29, 2012

Parking lot at the top: NO HELP, no "ranger", no advice, etc... Lots of stray dogs, seem very friendly, but MANY of them. We slept in the parking lot to hike in early, worked well. Supai Indians not very happy about hikers on their land, not friendly, not accomodating, just dont expect to be treated like your special, you will be great!

2  Thank kelleyarizona
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Reviewed October 6, 2012

Our party of four went with a friend who does these trips on a regular basis. I won't bore you with the details about how beautiful the falls are- they are truly indescribable. The campground is nice, the bathrooms clean, but bring plenty of ice- the "town" is a 2 mile (40 minute) walk. The Havasupai Store sells cups of ice for $1.00. Be sure to ask- absolutely key top a nice stroll to the campsite. Hiked to all the falls-- well worth the effort. I brought open-toed Tevas, but would recommend a closed toe shoe next time. Bring 3 liters of water for the hike in and out, and leave early both times. We stayed at Grand Canyon Caverns (an hour +) from the summit, and the room was cheap and clean. BTW, October 1-5 was ideal time to be there, but book early- I was told these reservations were made in February.

2  Thank Tucson50
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

Supai, AZ. Late April 2012
I thought I would put up some info. on costs and other things for this trip since we had a little trouble finding information on-line and in other places.

Closest Towns: Peach Springs about an hour drive to Haulapi Hilltop. Closest lodging to the trail head.
Seligman about 1.5 hours from trail head, next closest lodging and an interesting stop itself. One of the signs just after the turn on to Indian Route 18 confused us. It stated you needed a entrance permit for the Haulapi reservation from the fish and game dept in Peach Springs. This doesn't apply to people going down into Supai.

35.00/ person reservation entrance fee obtain at the check in office in Supai.
17.00/ night for a campsite.
5.00 environmental fee(/person/day?)
10% tax.
These are the basic fees as we understand them. We're not sure how they are calculated. They take credit cards.

Horse rental was 93.50 per horse one way, for your pack or you I guess. Saw a couple at the top wondering whether they should leave their packs for pick up, they had reserved a pack horse, there was no one at the info. trailer. They eventually left their packs with their names and lodging. We saw many packs being delivered to the campground that day and many going back up when we left. We didn't utilize this service but thought we would mention it.

A helicopter ride cost 85.00(one way) for pack and person. Don't know how you book a ride in. But to get a ride out you evidently show up at the hiker office and sign up for a time. Didn't see the helicopter running on the weekend, but is was running constanly on our hike in on Thursday.

My gps clocked us at about 8 miles to the town itself, with the check in office being a little further. The first mile or two is steep and then the trail is an easy walk through a sandy canyon. The trail is well maintained. Everything was well marked with signs in town. There is a C-store and cafe in town. We didn't go in either, but a gentleman said the c-store had good burritos. The campground is another 2 miles from town. The two main falls are near to the campground. Havasu falls is easy access, Mooney falls requires a not so easy climb down a cliff face. Chains and ladders are provided, but as the sign states you go at your own risk. I used my hiking shoes but water shoes or sneakers would have been nice.

The campground is about a 1/4 of a mile long. There are decent sites at the far end. So it may be worth it to continue walking rather than just take the first site you see. Some of the sites are hard to discern, but it appeared there where site(s) within view of Mooney Falls. The sites where clean and have good spots for tents. There where attendants on duty. The bathrooms were modern composting toilets, clean, odor free and usually well stocked. They weren't too far from most sites. There are no showers in the campground. There was a spring for drinking water near the beginning of the CG. Other people where drinking the water with out filtering or treating. There is also tap water located in town near the check in office that evidently needs no treatment, we never used it. Given the distance to the CG you might want to load up on water, snacks and what not before walking to the CG. Some nice people where selling sodas, gatorade and fry bread near the entrance to the CG the day we stayed as well at the top of the trail head when we hiked out. There were some stray dogs here and there and some stray horses, but they all seemed friendly. A stray horse and her baby accompanied us on our hike down. The people here are friendly and accomadating at least for the people running the tourist operations. I didn't interact much with the locals, except the two nice little girls that said hi from their house and the gregarious fellow that welcomed us to Supai.

The sign at the top states you must have a camp site reserved or you risk having to hike back out if there is nothing available. We double checked our reservation and it took quite a time to get through on the phone after several days trying. Doesn't appear to be any reliable cell or regular phone service from the trail head or in Supai. We can't comment on the lodge since we didn't stay there.

The falls of course were beautiful with plenty of pools to soak and lounge in. Kind of had a bit of the feel of a Vegas pool without the Vegas glitz. Just natures glitz: clear blue pools fed by massive water falls bordered by bizarre looking rock formations. I preferred hiking down below Mooney falls to find some nice secluded pools to soak in. I am not a big swimmer and don't know if I would hike 20 miles round trip to go here again, never the less I found it to be an interesting and enjoyable experience.

11  Thank triameleon
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Reviewed July 9, 2012

im reading all of these reviews about people being upset with the way they are treated by locals, or the stray dogs, or whatever... The fact of the matter is, this is an Indian reservation. And unless you have been living under a rock the past several hundred years, you should know that Amercan natives don't necessarily have a soft spot for white folks. Don't be shocked if you are given a dirty look or two. Don't rely on them to make your trip a memorable one. Don't rely on them for anything, for that matter. Bring your own food and stay at the campground.
That being said, I had a wonderful time. I went for three days, two nights and hiked in and out. I saw plenty of mules, horses, and dogs along the trail, and they all looked fine. The trail itself was easy to navigate, clearly marked, and yes, had plenty of horse crap on it. Big deal. You are outdoors, deal with it.
I got to the village in about 4 hours, and it was pretty much what any normal person would expect.. Primitive, rural, dirty. Stray dogs ( all of which were friendly, and seemed to be healthy) , lots of livestock, drunk natives, dirty looks. But just ignore it all and keep hiking to the falls. Leave them alone and they will leave you alone. If you need to stop in town for any reason, you are on the wrong trip.
The falls are unreal. There are no words to describe them...
The campground was clean, the spots were right off of the crick, and the bathrooms were fine.
The hike out sucks. But thats to be expected when you start at 10am in the middle of July. I embraced it, like any true outdoorsman should. The switchbacks are a true test of mental, physical, and psychological strength. The feeling that overcomes you as you finally reach the top far outweighs any sort of cheap thrill from a helicopter ride.

20  Thank kissthewolf
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