Havasupai

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Havasupai is one of the greatest natural spectacles this Earth has to offer. With its stunning blue-green water surrounded by the towering red rock walls of the Grand Canyon, it truly is a singular sight. There are six main waterfalls in Havasupai, and all of them are worth hiking to see.

If you are thinking of going to Havasupai, you must get a reservation in advance. Call early in the year, because the reservations fill up fast!

Getting to Havasupai can be a little tricky, as there are no roads to the village or campsite. Really, there are 3 ways to get there: on foot, on horseback, or by helicopter. On foot is definitely the cheapest way to get there, but it is a 10 mile hike to the campground (each way). The hike is fairly level except for the switchbacks at the very beginning (or end, if you are on the way out) of the trail. If you are looking to ride horses, then you must make reservations in advance. The price is $187, roundtrip. Unlike the horses, reservations for the helicopter CANNOT be made in advance. It is on a first-come first-serve basis, with the Havasupai tribes people getting priority. The roundtrip price for the helicopter is $170. The helicopter will take you to Supai (the village) and then it is a 2 mile walk to the campsite. There is also lodging in the village. Reservations and more information can be found at – http://www.havasupaifalls.net/

The parking lot for the start of the trail is about a 9 hour drive from Orem, UT. We decided to leave at 7pm and drive through the night so we could start hiking before the sun came up and beat the heat (trust me, you don’t want to be hiking in the Grand Canyon in the middle of the day). We were able to complete the hike in about 3 hours and enjoy the beauty of the Grand Canyon at sunrise.

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We arrived at the campsite and found a good spot to set up camp. What designates a good spot you might ask? Trees. The most comfortable way to sleep outside is in a hammock. I swear by it. So we set up a slew of hammocks for all of us to sleep in (there were 8 of us tied to 4 trees). Bunk bed hammocks.

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Water shoes are a must while you are down there and you will want some better hiking shoes if you are hiking in. We had 3 incredible days to hike and explore the falls. There is plenty of hiking, lots of swimming and, if you’re careful, some good cliff jumping. If you haven’t had a chance to go to Havasupai, get there. Quick. Trust me… or just look at these pictures 🙂

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