Getting a reservation for the Havasu Falls camping area used to be no walk in the park. Now to visit Havasu Creek, Arizona, you can get permits online! Havasupai reservations go live February 1st of every year, and sell out fast! You can bookmark the reservation site here.
This was my first backpacking trip and didn't really know what to expect. Fortunately, my best friend let me borrow her pack, tent, and compression sack (for clothes). 40ish lbs later, I was all packed and ready to go. I still couldn't believe I had Havasupai reservations!
We wanted to be in the Havasu Falls camping area early. Like 4 a.m. early. It kind of felt like we were waiting to go to Disneyland, we couldn't really sleep and were so excited to just go! Headlamps turned on, shoe laces tightened, and off we were! Confession, around the third switchback down, I most definitely tripped and fell. Looking back, I was happy it was in the dark and that I couldn't see myself almost roll off the edge. (I was probably fine, but this is what I imagine thinking about it).
We made it to the village of Supai around 2 1/2 hours later. We were booking it down the canyon! We checked in and started towards the last leg of the hike down. I thought my legs and feet were going to fall off. There were multiple times on trail where campground attendants made sure we had Havasupai reservations, so make sure you keep them handy! As we turned down the sand covered decline and saw our first glimpse of Havasupai falls, I was in awe. We quickly found a campsite, set up, and bounded back towards the falls.
This incredible sight is one I don't think I'll ever forget. You can find amazing photos of this place, but none of the compare to the actual falls. Over the two days we were down in Supai, we kept coming back to Havasupai Falls. It was just so calming to watch the bright blue water fall down into the creek. The water was also warm enough to venture into. It was so fun trying to see how close to the falls we could get without it being too overpowering.
Once you get to the campground, all sites are first come first serve. The Havasu Falls camping area is covered in trees. This makes it easy to set up a hammock!
From the Havasu Falls camping area, you can hike to waterfalls like Navajo Falls and Beaver Falls. I suggest going to these hikes early! They will be packed if you don't.
Visiting the Havasu Falls camping and hiking trail was definitely one to remember and I hope everyone gets a chance to see it in their lifetime! Happy adventuring!
Author - Dani The Explorer