This small campground, located on an Indian Reservation 10 miles walk down in the Grand Canyon, is home to 3 of the most amazing waterfalls in the entire United States. Due to its distance away from civilization and its limit on people coming in each day, the waterfalls remain stellar and the place itself stays a unique and beautiful adventure. Since there is no day hiking in and out you must stay at either the Lodge or the Campground. This review is specifically for the campground with a little info on the lodge at the end.
Find out how to make reservations here. I was advised for summer reservations you should call around 2 months in advance or you may not get one.
The cost for camping per night is $17 dollars per person/ per night. Don’t forget there is a $35 fee for entrance to the Indian Reservation and a $5 environmental care fee per person as well.
- Must have a reservation
- Pack out your trash
- No Campfires or collection of firewood
- Alcohol prohibited
In order to reach the campground you must hike 10 miles down into the Grand Canyon. While this is not too bad going down it is hard going up as you will be heading uphill the entire way. Make sure to prepare for this by leaving early if it is hot and having ample water. If you do not want to hike in and out there is also a horse service and a helicopter service. Alternatively, you can always pay for a mule to carry your gear as well so you only have to walk with your daypack. We walked the whole thing with our packs and while I wouldn’t say it is super difficult it is good to be prepared as it is 10 miles of walking to reach the campground.
Once you are there the location is perfect as the campground is nestled in a beautiful canyon next to a river and has Havasu Falls at the top of the campground and Mooney Falls at the bottom. This makes getting to either very easy from your camp site.
The campsites themselves have varying levels of shade with some really well covered and others not at all. Some of the sites are located right along the river as well which makes for a beautiful way to wake up. Most have trees where you can set up hammocks and many have tables where you can sit and relax at. Having the stream run by the campsite is one of the most beautiful campsites I have ever seen though.
Bathrooms and Water
Havasupai campground has two elevated solar toilets with two toilets in each one and has a spring fed water fill up area in the middle of the campground.
Trails Near By
Do I need to say more than the above picture? If I do, the campground is right on the trail that leads to Beaver Falls and Mooney Falls below it and with some trekking back up you can get to Havasu Falls and New Navajo Falls. All of which you would have no problem swimming and relaxing all day at. I believe you can even hike all the way to the Colorado River from here if you feel so inclined.
The Havasupai Lodge
If you do not want to stay at the campground there is a 24 room lodge located 8 miles in from the trailhead in the town of Supai. It is a bare bones place hotel but it has a shower and air conditioning in the room and was better than I expected it to be. If you are going in the heat this is a great place to stay to at least have an escape when you are sleeping. The price for the lodge is around 140 a night for up to 4 people, plus the fees referenced above.
If you can make the hike into and out of this area you will be vastly rewarded for your efforts. Havasupai is one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited and I could not recommend it more. Stay tuned to the blog for more posts on the different waterfalls and trails in this area.