Travel Plans: Hiking Havasu Canyon

Hiking the Grand Canyon is an iconic trip. It’s on most people’s bucket lists — it’s definitely on mine. But there is another part of the Grand Canyon that is less well-known.

The Havasupai Indian Reservation is home to the Havasupai Indian Tribe. Located smack-dab in the middle of Grand Canyon National Park, the hike down to the Colorado River takes you to the Havasupai capital, Supai, and introduces the lucky hiker to some of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world (I say this based on Google research, not experience).

havasu falls

Come on, doesn’t this look incredible? Is should not be surprising that Havasupai means “people of the blue-green waters.”

Havasu Falls and the surrounding areas are not technically part of Grand Canyon National Park, but part of the Indian reservation. As a result, hikers must make reservations through the Havasupai Tribe.

The Boyfriend and I will be traveling with a large group of friends. We will start out at the crack of dawn Sunday of Labor Day weekend, hike the 10 miles from Hualapai Hilltop to the campground at the bottom, and camp out for the night. I should note that I am not a fan of tents and sleeping outdoors, but it is a small price to pay for the opportunity to see Havasu Canyon. We’ll hike back up Monday and take a flight back to the East Coast Tuesday morning. Exhausting? Yes. Worth it? Hell, yeah.

I’m sure there will be many hysterical pictures of me trying to set up a tent and failing miserably. But hopefully, there will be some beautiful pictures of the blue-green waters and canyon’s red rocks.

Havasupai Falls Map

Click on pic for a bigger version

Havasupai Map - overview

Really cool aerial map of the hike down

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