addressalign-toparrow-leftarrow-rightbackbellblockcalendarcameraccwcheckchevron-downchevron-leftchevron-rightchevron-small-downchevron-small-leftchevron-small-rightchevron-small-upchevron-upcircle-with-checkcircle-with-crosscircle-with-pluscontroller-playcrossdots-three-verticaleditemptyheartexporteye-with-lineeyefacebookfolderfullheartglobegmailgooglegroupshelp-with-circleimageimagesinstagramFill 1light-bulblinklocation-pinm-swarmSearchmailmessagesminusmoremuplabelShape 3 + Rectangle 1ShapeoutlookpersonJoin Group on CardStartprice-ribbonprintShapeShapeShapeShapeImported LayersImported LayersImported Layersshieldstartickettrashtriangle-downtriangle-uptwitteruserwarningyahoo

Havasupai Waterfalls, Grand Canyon Backpacking Trip

This will be a five-day trip to Havasupai, which is an Indian reservation inside the Grand Canyon with spectacular waterfalls. It will be a long, 12-mile backpacking trek down to the campground, but we will then have a day to hike to the Colorado River and another full day to just relax and hang out at the waterfalls before backpacking out and driving back the last day. Make sure to bring your camera and sandals/water shoes with you on this trip!

If you RSVP "Yes" for this trip please make sure you attend. This is a long trip and requires significant advance planning for many people, so please only RSVP "Yes" if you are certain you can attend, and if you need to drop out, the deadline for changing a "Yes" RSVP to a "No" RSVP is September 30, 2011.

Please Note: Anyone attending our trips must have a signed 2011 Waiver & Release Form on file with us. This covers all trips and activities for 2011, so you only have to sign it once. If you have not already signed this form, it can be downloaded from our "Files" section and turned in to the organizer when you arrive for the trip.

Trip Dates: November 9th-13th

Drive Time to Havasupai Trailhead: 9 hrs total. Six (6 hrs) from Albuquerque to Flagstaff. Three (3 hrs) from Flagstaff to route 66 to end of Indian 18 and start of Havasupai Trailhead.

Trailhead Directions & Location: From Albuquerque take I-40 to Flagstaff. From Flagstaff, keep going west on I-40 for approximately 75 miles and take the Seligman exit (also called old Route 66) North toward Peach Springs. This is your last chance for gas. 37 miles from the Seligman exit is Indian Road 18 turning only to the right.

Drive on the paved road, Indian Road 18, for 64 miles until you come to the very end of the road at the edge of the canyon/Hualapai Hilltop. There is a large parking lot for about 200 cars and railings for horses/and burros. The railing is the start of the trailhead.

Warning: do not trust Google map's directions! They are WRONG and have you going through Grand Canyon National park; the route doesn't exist. There is a primitive road just outside the park that does go to Supai, but it requires 4-WD and it takes longer than the paved road.

Hike Description

There is an elevation drop of approximately 2000-ft at the start of this hike. The hike is rated as difficult due to the length of the hike. From Haulapai Hilltop and the rim of the canyon to Havasupai campground/Havasu Falls is approximately 12 miles on pretty level ground, with some very beautiful Grand Canyon scenery. We'll be hiking past three very beautiful waterfalls near the campground.

The first is Navajo Falls; it's not very tall but very beautiful. If you're interested in geology, the area is chock full of marine fossils, mostly fossilized corrals and sponges and maybe stromatolites. The second is Havasu Falls which is world famous and one of the most breath-taking waterfalls in the country.

The third is Mooney Falls, which is actually the tallest of the three and named after a poor miner who fell to his death trying to traverse it before they blasted a trail down it, and that's quite an amazing waterfall as well. There is an optional 12 mile day hike out and back from the campground to the Colorado River, and that is rated as strenuous.

I have made reservations for a group of 12 people for overnight camping Thursday night November 10th through Saturday night the 12th.

Payment

There is a $35 entry fee and a $17 per night camping fee, as well as a $5 environmental fee.  The total fees will be $101 per person, including tax. (Also keep in mind your hotel fee for Wednesday night.)  As I will be paying for the group, each person must give me their full payment by September 30th in order to remain on the "Yes" RSVP list. If I do not receive your payment by then you will be moved to the waiting list, and another person may be able to take that spot with immediate payment. However, if after being moved to the waiting list I receive your payment before someone else pays for the slot, you will immediately return to the "Yes" list.

Schedule

Day One: Wednesday, November 9th - Leave Albuquerque and arrive in Flagstaff. I plan to spend the night at a hotel/motel in Flagstaff. But you could drive to Seligman and spend the night there too and save a bit of driving time in the morning. It would be nice to carpool and get at least two people per vehicle. Approximately six to seven hour drive time.

Day Two: Thursday, November 10th - WE WILL ALL MEET AT HAULAPAI HILLTOP, READY TO LEAVE, AT 10:00AM. Drive from Flagstaff or Seligman, meet at end of Indian Road 18, and commence backpacking 10 miles to Supai and 2 miles to Havasu Falls/campground.

Day Three: Friday, November 11th - 12 mile round trip optional Day Hike to and from Colorado River

Day Four: Saturday, November 12th - Hang out at the campground/Havasu, Mooney and Beaver Falls

Day Five: Sunday, November 13th - 12 mile Hike out of the Canyon and return to Albuquerque

Dogs are not allowed on this trip.

Please contact Jon with any questions.

Join or login to comment.

  • Wayland

    Amey, your photos were amazing! Gorgeous photos of one of the most beautiful places on earth :0) Happy Thanksgiving :0)

    November 24, 2011

  • Amey

    Hi all, Here is a link to some photos I took on our recent trip to Havasupai in November.
    https://picasaweb.google.com/amey.govekar/BackpackingHavasupaiNovember2011?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCL-F7tiz5sjZoAE&feat=directlink

    November 18, 2011

  • WF

    I was just telling Debbie that I watched "Next" last night with Nicholas Cage and Jessica Beal = 2007 movie, it has a small bit in there on Havasupai falls. I will not comment on movie until ye see it. Sean, I know you've seen it before lad.

    November 18, 2011

  • Marc M.

    Great Hike. thanks for organizing Jon. The hike to the Colorado was amazing, the color in that canyon looks CGI.

    November 16, 2011

  • Tierney F.

    Not too shabby for my first real backpacking trip. Can't wait to do another! Amazing place!

    November 15, 2011

  • Wayland

    Wow, looks like you guys had an awesome trip and made it to the Colorado :0)

    November 15, 2011

  • kim z.

    Awesome scenery, fantastic group, loved every minute!!! Thanks Jon for organizing

    November 15, 2011

  • Amey

    Great location for a backpacking trip. Had an amazing time!

    November 15, 2011

  • Sean K.

    Also, I have some accurate distances, in miles for the trip: 0:trailhead, 1.45:mouth of canyon (start to go below red rocks), 7.0:first buildings in Supai, 7.44:Plaza/store/cafe/PO in Supai, 8.8:first falls overlook, 9.28:top of Havasu Falls, 9.79:our camping spot, 10.1:top of Mooney Falls, 15.4:Colorado River.

    November 15, 2011

  • Sean K.

    I just posted the photos with people in them, mostly. I will go through and select some others of scenery, probably this weekend. Please feel free to use any of the photos as you wish. My camera electronics seem to have survived the dunking, but the shutter is not working properly. At least the photos survived!

    November 15, 2011

  • Sean K.

    Spectacular scenery for my first outing with this group. The company was sublime, and the weather was amenable. Thanks to all who made this a memorable trip, and I hope to travel with each of you again at some time.

    November 15, 2011

  • Debbie

    This was an amazing trip, the weather was great, there were hardly any other people in the campground!

    November 14, 2011

  • WF

    Thanks a lot Jon for organizing this one. You rock! Fantastic trip with great people!!! Hope your knee is on the mend after the trip out.

    November 14, 2011

  • Jon

    This was an awesome trip! The location is gorgeous, and the great group of people made the trip even better, so thanks everyone!

    November 14, 2011

  • Mark

    Wow! This trip is worth the effort. Very beautiful and unique place.

    November 14, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    10 Stars!

    November 14, 2011

  • Sean K.

    meetup kept truncating the url. The above link is the (I think) accurate route and map from downtown Flagstaff. If you are just passing through Flag, take up the route at the junction of I-17 and I-40

    November 9, 2011

  • Jon

    Here is the most recent forecast, with a mild storm coming in late this week. Thursday: high 63, low 41. Friday: high 66, low 45. Saturday: high 59, low 43. Sunday: high 61. It will be partly to mostly cloudy, with chance of showers Friday night thru Sunday. If the storm unexpectedly moves out we will have slightly lower nighttime temps, but the daytime temps should bump back up into the mid- to upper-60's.

    November 8, 2011

  • Jon

    Here is the current weather forecast for our entire trip (except while in Flagstaff/Seligman, where it will be a little colder): highs in the upper 60's and lows in the mid-30's. There is a slight chance of showers Saturday and a good chance on Sunday. I'll post an update if there are any significant changes to the forecast before we head out.

    November 4, 2011

  • Debbie

    My guest backed out so there is an extra spot that is paid for if anyone else would like to join this trip. I am driving the carpool and we are meeting at my house Wed. 9th at 4pm

    November 4, 2011

  • Michael T.

    I just returned from a trip simular to this one. The weather was perfect, lows in the 50s and highs in the 80s. I would expect you guys to have great weather, but you never know. Also, if you hike to the Colorado wear shoes that you don't mind getting wet and hiking in. I had to cross the stream about eight times on the way down alone and it is too often to keep changing out shoes. Send me a PM if you want the details on where all of the old mines are at.

    November 4, 2011

  • Jon

    The cold front hitting the southwest this weekend is expected to move out before our trip. At this point it looks like we'll have highs in the mid-to-upper 60's and lows in the low-to-mid 30's during the first half of the trip. I'll provide another update when the entire forecast is available.

    November 2, 2011

  • WF

    I have room for two more, if anyone needs to rideshare (Note: Staying in Flagstaff Wed night).

    October 24, 2011

  • Kimberly

    Looks like an awesome trip...wish I could go. Next year for sure! Have fun! :)

    October 18, 2011

  • Michael T.

    I have a reservation for the end of the month and may have room for a couple more. Check out the thread in the discussion forum for further details. Thanks for the information Jon.

    October 5, 2011

  • Jon

    The tribe really wants people to make reservations well in advance. They have a limited number of camping slots available (although the limit is rather high), and their website notes that the slots fill up months in advance for popular times of year. In order to discourage people from just showing up unexpectedly, they charge twice the price if you visit without a reservation. In addition, if you go with a large group of people, they request that one person pay for the entire group.

    October 5, 2011

  • Michael T.

    I am looking at doing a trip simular to this... Does anyone know the posibility of obtaining the necessary permits? Either walk up or in advance? I know trips to the Grand Canyon take a lot of advance planning, but just wanting to see what the possabilites are. If you have any information shoot me an email. Thanks

    October 2, 2011

  • Jeanne

    Sorry jon can't make it after all but I see someone else is on the wait list. Thanks for your patience and hope to make it out later to havasupai!

    September 29, 2011

  • Amey

    I was planning on slapping down cold hard cash in your hands when I see you. So there is no check coming from me. Didn't even know they still made checks. Make sure Rubber Ducky pays her share....one way or the other. She sneaky, that one. :)

    September 27, 2011

  • kim z.

    Sean, I received an invitation to ride with Debbie. Room for you also. Lets talk

    September 21, 2011

  • Sean K.

    I am on the waitlist, Kim, but I hope to go. I have not checked my email fast enough to get on the 4 previous times, but as I am the only person on the waitlist now, I am guardely optimistic. I have a very fuel efficient car that only seats 2, or I would be glad to ride with someone else in a larger vehicle, and share a room also.

    September 20, 2011

  • kim z.

    I would love to ride with someone and share a motel room. Any takers? Split costs of course... Kim

    September 19, 2011

  • Jon

    I just emailed payment instructions to everyone who is currently listed as a "Yes" RSVP or is on the waiting list. If you didn't receive the instructions, please email me and let me know. If anyone wants to sign up for an open spot, please email me right away for the payment instructions.

    September 19, 2011

  • Jon

    Thanks for the trail tip, Wayland.

    June 14, 2011

  • Wayland

    Jon if you go on that day hike to the Colorado, make sure when you get to the big Palm tree about a mile and a half from Mooney Falls, that you stay right and use the rope to climb up.

    June 4, 2011

No one went

Our Sponsors

Sign up

Meetup members, Log in

By clicking "Sign up" or "Sign up using Facebook", you confirm that you accept our Terms of Service & Privacy Policy