I just got back from my third trip to Havasupai, Arizona! Out of everywhere I have ever been, Supai is my favorite. It’s stunning, uncrowded, and worth all of the work it takes to get there! Here are some things that I have learned on my trips that can hopefully make your experience in Havasupai better!
- Be prepared for all types of weather– Every time I’m there, at some point I get cold. Make sure to bring a good blanket or sleeping bag, and a light jacket. If you are going in monsoon season (which we did), be prepared for rain! Monsoon season is July-September. It rained every night while we were there, but it wasn’t too bad. Some camps by the river running through the campground got evacuated. Also sometimes if it rains hard, the waterfalls turn brown!
- Pack light- You will have to carry everything you need for your trip on your back! Once you get there, you will find that you don’t need much more than your hiking clothes, a light jacket, mosquito spray, and your bathing suit. I buy a lot of camping gear on eBay or Amazon! We decided to be a little crazy and pack giant floaties, which was worth it… but I probably won’t do it again. You can also pay for donkeys to carry your pack, but you should reserve them ahead of time.
- Bring cash– There are plenty of things you’ll want to spend your money on once you’re in the canyon! In the village they have a cafe, and cold drinks which are nice after an 8 mile hike! They also have a little snack bar by the campsite. You’ll also need cash if you’re like us and decide that you really don’t want to carry your 40lb backpack back up the canyon. $25 to have a donkey carry your pack is one of the best ways to spend your money in my opinion!
- Have snacks, drinks, and clean clothes in the car– Once you finish the 10 mile hike back up to the car, there is nowhere to stop and get food or drinks for about 2 hours! Pack a cooler and save some drinks and snacks for the drive out of there! And having a change of clothes that isn’t drenched in sweat is great. You’ll thank me later.
- Explore all of the waterfalls– Every waterfall is different and worth going to! There are Little Navajo and Big Navajo which are the first two falls you will see on the hike in. Little Navajo is one of my favorites.You can jump off of it (with caution, check for rocks). You can swim behind the fall, and we even found clay mud to use as face masks! We had the most fun at this waterfall! Big Navajo is right next to Little Navajo and is so beautiful. Mooney is a little challenging to get down to, but it is so worth it! You have to crouch into small spaces and climb down ladders, so make sure you’re physically able to make the climb before you do it! You can hike a few miles past Mooney to Beaver, which is a gorgeous hike, but one of my least favorite falls. You can do jumps there which is fun! And last but not least is Havasu Falls which is the closest waterfall to the camp site! It is beautiful and a fun place to spend the day!
- Hike at cool times of the day- Not to freak you out, but I’ve seriously heard stories of people drinking their own pee and even dying on the 10 mile hike out of the canyon. It gets extremely hot and you don’t have anywhere to get water for 8 miles so bring plenty of water bottles!!! And be smart about when you hike. It’s best to leave really early in the morning, or in the evening.
I hope these tips will help you enjoy your trip to Supai a little more! You’ll love it. If you have any other questions, leave me a comment and I would be happy to help!