Frequently Asked Questions about Havasu falls – Havasupai Trip.
1. Do I need to make reservations?
Yes. All Havasu Creek attractions are located within the Havasupai Indian Reservation. A day pass is required to enter the Reservation and additional reservations for the lodge located within the village of Supai or the campground located 10 miles from Hualapai trailhead, are also required.
2. I can’t get through on the phone, can I make reservations online?
The Havasupai Tourism Enterprise is notorious for poor phone service but ironically, the only way to make a reservation is by phone. It is recommended that you sign up for the Havasupai Twitter Feed or follow on Facebook (this will help you keep track of administrative hours and perhaps catch someone on the phone).
3. How do I ride a horse or put my packs on a mule?
If you want to explore Havasupai on horseback or have mules carry your packs to certain destinations while you hike free-handed, there are a few ways you can get help. If you have a day pass or plan to reserve a space on the campground, the Tourism/Camping Office in Supai Village can make arrangements for you. If you are staying at the Supai Lodge, the staff can help you make arrangements.
4. Can I bring my dog or other pets?
No. Unless your pet is a service animal, it is impractical to bring pets to Havasupai. The reservation is home to its own animals and while they are friendly to human visitors, they may react aggressively toward strange animals.
5. How long is the Hike?
From the Hualapai trailhead to the village of Supai, the hike is 8 miles. After the village, it is another 2.5 miles to the campground. Starting from Supai village, New Navajo Falls is a mile-long hike, Rock Falls a 1.15 mile hike, Havasu Falls a 2-mile hike, Mooney Falls a 3-mile hike, and Beaver Falls a 6-mile hike.
6. Can we swim and jump in the falls?
While visitors are welcome to swim in the natural pools, creeks, and swimming-holes, all activities are at the individual’s own risk. Jumping or diving from the waterfalls is prohibited and deadly. Sudden flash-floods and weathering contribute to the frailty of the Havasu Canyon’s natural environment and carelessness can lead to serious injury or death.
7. How does the helicopter service work?
The helicopter service is primarily used to facilitate tribal business, however the service is also available to hikers for a fee of $85 for a one-trip destination. Be aware that inclement weather, tribal holidays, or closure of the campgrounds can cause cancellation of flying services. Just to be thorough, make alternative transportation plans in case something like this happens.
8. Can I make a reservation for helicopter service?
No. Helicopter service is based on availability. If helicopters are flying on a particular day, then service is available on a first-come, first-serve basis only. Transport registration is available from 9am to 1pm on weekdays. As stated previously, make alternative transportation plans just in case.
9. Is the helicopter ride scenic?
Scenic helicopter tours are available from outside sources, but helicopter service from tribal enterprises are strictly for transportation to and from the Hilltop to Supai. While once in a while you’ll see a helicopter passing over a waterfall’s location, no passengers are on board because the route is most likely an operational one (transporting food, goods, or portable toilets).
You can get a helicopter reservation and a tour from an independent company if you click a banner on the right, on this site.
10. What is the weather like?
Although unbelievable, you must remember that Havasupai is located in Arizona. Therefore, in the months of summer, the sun can be a bit overwhelming. However, the average year-round high is a tolerable 76 Fahrenheit (24 Celsius), with a low of 47 Fahrenheit (8 Celsius). The swimming-holes are a relatively constant 70 Fahrenheit (21 Celsius) year round. Although there is no temperature-relief on the campground, the Supai lodge is fully-equipped with air-conditioning.
11. What is the drinking-water situation?
Beginning at the Hualapai trailhead, there is no clean drinking water available until you reach Supai village. Once there, drinking water is available, however you must pack enough of it with you to fuel your hikes given that the only other source of drinking water is 2.5 miles from the village, near the campground.
12. What types of payment are accepted?
The Camping Enterprise will accept payment in cash, money orders, travelers’ checks, Visa, Mastercard or certified checks. No personal checks.