Hiking to Havasupai

Only a limited number of people may visit Havasu Canyon at a time, and you must have reservations to hike to Havasupai. If you show up without a reservation, you'll be charged double the normal rates. Campers will register and pay an entry fee at the tourist office upon arrival in Supai village. Lodgers will pay their entry fee at the lodge.

The Camping Enterprise will accept payment in cash, money orders, travelers' checks, Visa, Mastercard or certified checks. No personal checks.

The hike is considered moderately difficult. The hike starts off steep and winds down switchbacks for at least a 1 ½ miles. The trail is rugged and rocky. Please wear well-fitted and comfortable hiking boots or hiking shoes.


The trail carves through a narrow canyon as you make your way to the village. Please Carefully Listen for and Watch out for the mule pack trains that frequent the trail during tourist season and DO NOT wear headphones. When a train comes by, please move as far as possible to the uphill side of the trail. Hikers standing close to or standing on both sides of the trail makes it extremely difficult for packers to ensure your safety. DO NOT reach out to touch the pack horses as not all horses are tame.


The trail can be hot, dry, and dusty. Remember to carry plenty of water with you - at least 2 liters of water or more if necessary. Children are advised not to hike in the canyon without a chaperone at anytime.

As you near the village, you will hear and see the creek water. Please follow that downstream and make sure you cross the bridge to connect to the trail leading to the village. Please stay to your right all the way!

Hikers are encouraged to start early to avoid the midday heat during the summer. Never hike in the middle of the day to avoid serious ailments such as dehydration, heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

Hiking Distances

Trail Distances (one way):

Hualapai Hilltop to Supai 8 miles 13 kilometers
Supai to campground 2 miles 3 kilometers
Hualapai Hilltop to campground 10 miles 16 kilometers
Campground to Mooney Falls 0.5 miles 0.8 kilometers
Mooney Falls to Colorado River 8 miles 13 kilometers

Please do not hike at night unless you are familiar with the terrain and area.

Hiking trails of the Havasupai Indian Reservation include:

  • Hike in from Hualapai Hilltop to Campgrounds
  • Campgrounds to Beaver Falls
  • Campgrounds to Colorado River

  • Note: there is NO hiking allowed in Cataract Canyon or any other trails not mentioned above!