Everything you need to know about planning your day trips once you arrive at the Havasupai Campground.
You’ve scored your permits, you’ve bought your gear, you’ve arranged travel to and from the Trailhead; you’re booked and ready to go for your 4day/3night stay in Havasupai. What do you do during the days you’re there?! Here’s the itinerary we followed that @jubrewerseeks made for us.
Hike in, check-in, set-up camp, and relax at Havasu Falls
Check in at the village around 8-9:00am (after the early 8-mile hike-in)
Hike 2 miles to the campground
Look for a campsite and setup camp.
Go to Havasu Falls and hangout, explore, relax from the big hike.
(retreat to Havasu falls at the end of EVERY day since it’s so close to the campground).
Mooney Falls/ Beaver Falls/ Grotto Falls
Mooney Falls is the tallest of the 5 waterfalls, and is below the campground. To reach the bottom of Mooney, you’ll have to descend the chains, ladders, and bolts down a 200-feet tall travertine cliff. (NOT doable with young kids. DO NOT risk it.)
Beaver Falls is the most remote of the Havasupai waterfalls. It is 3 miles below Mooney Falls, or 3.5 miles below the campground. So a roundtrip hike to Beaver Falls is 7 miles. The hike is easy and beautiful, but make sure to wear hiking sandals as you’ll be trekking in and out of the gorgeous water!
Grotto Falls – in between Beaver and Mooney (it’s slightly off the beaten path, so you’ll want to hit this waterfall either on the way in or the way out.)
Dave and I were only able to do this hike because my sister stayed back to watch our kids while they explored the many bridges and creeks throughout the campground.
The Confluence is the junction of the Havasu Creek and the Colorado river. It is16 miles round trip from the campground (8 miles round trip from Beaver Falls). Dave and I did not do this hike since our kids were with us (because it also requires hiking back down the treacherous Mooney falls). Our friends did and it looked incredible! They were even able to find a way down into the creek where it became super narrow with expansive canyon walls on either side! (DREAMY!)
Relax and hang out at Havasu Falls.
Pack up, and head up the hill after lunch (to avoid hiking back under the high sun).
On your way back to the village, stop at Little Navajo Falls. You can also find the trail to hike past Little Navajo Falls to Fifty Foot Falls. We didn’t do Fifty Foot Falls as we wanted to get a head start on our long hike out. But the break at Little Navajo Falls was wonderful. We got in the water with all our clothes on to keep us cool on the long hike out). We arrived at the village around 4pm and got back to our car at 9pm. We didn’t ever hike in direct sunlight (due to the high canyon walls).
Now we’re home, and we’ve brought back the best memories with us. We are SO glad we ended up taking our kids. When asked what the best part of the trip was, Oakley responds with “CAMPING!” We definitely plan to go again.
If you haven’t already checked out the 1st and 2nd part of the blog series, be sure to do so!! We’d also love your input! Have you been to Havasupai? What did your itinerary include? Tell us in the comments below! —