Havasu Falls permits are notoriously difficult to obtain, and for good reason; this is arguably one of the most magical places to camp in the country.
Located on the Havasupai Indian Reservation, within the Grand Canyon, Havasu Falls is a 90 foot chute that falls into a clear blue pool of water below. The combination of red rocks and blue water make this spot fit for the cover of a travel magazine.
How to Get a Havasu Falls Permit
Havasu Falls is located amidst a vulnerable landscape that is is sacred to the Havasupai tribe. The permit system ensures that this landscape is preserved and respected. Those who wish to visit the home of “the people of the blue-green waters,” should be aware that visiting Havasu Falls requires some diligent legwork, as well as respect for the significance of this beautiful place.
To make a reservation for a Havasu Falls Permit, you can call the tourism office at (928) 448-2121, or visit the Supai Campground website. The office is open 9 am to 3 pm, Monday through Friday. The office begins taking reservations for the year on February 1st, and camping reservations for the entire year fill up quickly within the first few days of booking.
The reservation lines are often busy once they open. But don’t give up! You may have to call back many times to get through. But every camper who makes it to Havasu Falls will tell you — it’s worth it!
How to Reach Havasu Falls
Take Highway 66 to Indian Route 18 to reach the reservation entrance. After 64 miles, you reach the Hualapai Hilltop. And the journey has just begun.
From the hilltop, it’s an 8 mile hike to reach the Supai Village. From there, it’s another 2 miles to the campground.
Campers should be aware that there is very little shade on this hike, and the Arizona heat can make the miles seem much longer. Take extra precaution and plenty of water along with you.
Info + Fees for Havasu Falls Camping
- Reservations for the year open on February 1.
- Call (928) 448-2121, or visit the Supai Campground website to make reservations.
- $50 entrance fee, plus 10% tax, per person to enter the Havasupai Reservation.
- $10 environmental fee, per person.
- $25/person/night for camping.
- All fees are paid at the time of reservation.
- No refunds.
- Drones are prohibited at the Havasu Falls campground.
Advice from Campers Who Have Been
The Dyrt campers LOVE Havasu Falls. And their reviews offer invaluable advice for anyone who’s interested in camping there.
The permit process is worth it.
“The gem tone waters against the vibrant red rock, you can’t find it anywhere else. It’s jaw dropping. The campground is situated along the creek, spread out for a good distance. For having a lot of campsites, the place is quiet and privacy is pretty decent. The permit process is tough. Very tough. But hang in there! Be sure to bring plenty of water to get you in to the campground, I brought 3 L. There is a refill spring in the campground so you can fill up before hiking back out.” — The Dyrt Camper Larayna Y.
Prepare for the heat.
“The hike in was terribly hot. Although we were lucky, and had some overcast for parts of the hike. every part of the hike is a photo opportunity. And every photo looked fake. The background in every photo looked like it was photoshopped in. Its really hard to put into words. ” — The Dyrt Camper Kuo G.
You have the options to travel by helicopter, instead of hiking.
“We had a group member who injured her knee on the hike down so we decided to take the helicopter from the Supai village back to the hilltop the next day. Although the hike out would have been a fun adventure, the helicopter ended up being a treat! For $85, a strenuous hike turned into a sightseeing tour above the Grand Canyon with ourselves and our bags zipped up to our car in a matter of minutes.” — The Dyrt Camper Isabelle K.
Watch out for those squirrels.
“The squirrels will dig, chew and scratch through all of your belongings to scavenge for food the moment you turn your back. We brought a heavy duty dry bag and hung it on a clothesline between two trees which worked wonderfully!” — The Dyrt camper Isabelle K.
To learn more about Havasu Falls permits and camping, check out all 26 reviews of Havasu Falls on The Dyrt.Read Reviews
Mark your calendars for February 1, when the 2018 Havasu Falls permits become available.