The Havasupai Falls Experience
​Grand Canyon Backpacking
An Epic Experience
Trip Details

Type: Backpacking

Trip Code: GCHF

Duration: 4 Days

Distance: 27 mi/43 km

Fitness: 5
Comfort: 1
Solitude: 2

Origin: Flagstaff, AZ

Cost: $1320/person

Trip Description:

Havasu Falls is one of the most popular and sought-after destinations in the Grand Canyon and the American Southwest, and for excellent reasons.  Cascading falls of emerald green waters, relaxing swimming holes, spectacular canyon scenery, and geology unique to the area are just a few of the reasons this trip is, or should be, at the top of every outdoor adventurer's life list.  The Havasupai Falls Experience Backpacking tour will allow you to revel in this epic scenery, enjoying each and every step of it as your geologist/guide schools you on just how this spectacular place came to be.  Our four-day excursion in this wonderful place will allow us to explore Havasu Falls, Beaver Creek, Fifty Foot Falls, and Carbonite Canyon, some epic additions to an already outrageous experience!

**NOTE:  Havasu Falls is an extremely popular world-class hiking destination.  Reservations must be made up to a year in advance to secure your spots.  To ensure permits, you MUST book at least 4 months in advance.  Please note that we are a guiding service, and therefore not authorized to give you information about visiting Havasu Falls yourself.  For information please call 928-448-2180

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Trip Itinerary

Day 1:

The Havasupai Falls Experience Backpacking tour begins at Hualapai Hilltop, as we descend the steep switchbacks and then enter an excellent sandstone canyon.  We will soon reach the intersection of Cataract and Havasupai Canyons, where the tuquoise water sparkles in the sunlight, giving you a first glance into what makes this place so special.  After reaching the Supai Village, we will hike another 2 miles down to the campground, passing three astounding waterfalls on the way.  Bring your camera, as we will have the remainder of the day to explpore Havasu and Mooney falls, possibly the most famous waterfalls in the southwest.
Drive Time: 3.5 hours
Distance & Elevation: 10 miles, 2400 foot descent
Light Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 2:

Our second day will be spent hiking and exploring the fabulous waterfalls that make Havasu a world-class Grand Canyon destination. We'll hike downstream to Mooney Falls which is perhaps the most magnificent of all of them at 200 feet tall.  A short hike downstream leads us to Beaver Falls as the Canyon continues to proxide awe-inspiring and dramatic scenery.  We may even have the opportunity to share our adventure with some of the Canyon's most beloved inhabitants, Desert Bighorn Sheep.
Distance & Elevation: 7 miles, 500 foot descent
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3:

Day 3 will provide the opportunity to sleep in a bit, and after breakfast we'll take the day to hike and explore some of the more remote waterfalls here, Rock and Fifty Foot, both of which are wildly spectacluar and as scenic and enjoyable as their more-frequented counterparts.  We will then return to camp to relax and prepare for our hike out.
Distance & Elevation: 5 miles, 300 foot descent
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4:

Summer months necessiate an early start, so we will get on the trail at dawn, typically around 5AM.  After retracing our steps through the Village and Cataract Canyon, we'll come up topside and celebrate like a geologist with waiting cold libations and a celebration of our epic adventure. 

Distance & Elevation: 10 miles, 2400 foot ascent
Breakfast, Lunch
Drive Time: 3.5 hours

*Final itineraries are occasionally subject to change due to permit/campsite availability, park restrictions/closures, weather conditions and/or road closures.

What’s Included:
A professional, degreed, licensed and medically trained geologist/guide
All necessary gear: backpack, tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, trekking poles
All cooking/eating gear: bowls, cups, utensils (your geologist/guide will prepare all trail meals)
All food, including a mix of fresh and pre-made backcountry meals
Roundtrip Transportation from your hotel in Flagstaff to Grand Canyon and all activities/attractions
Entrance fees, camping fees, and backcountry permits

Meals: what to expect
We provide all your meals from a light breakfast on day 1 through lunch the last day. Your geologist/guide will prepare a variety of meals on the trail that will fit the day's activity. Feel free to tell us about your food preferences, as we're more than happy to tailor the menu to your needs/desires. Some specialty diets may require an additional fee.

All meals will consist of one entree, prepared by your geologist/guide.  Fresh options will be limited, as backpacking typically requires liightweight, non-perishable foods.  There will be trail snacks that consist of nuts, fruits, chocolate, and other "gorp" style mixes.

We regularly accommodate vegan, vegetarian, kosher and non-gluten diets and will make adjustments for food allergies. These and other special dietary requests may require an additional fee.

What’s Not Included:
Transportation to/from Flagstaff, AZ
Lodging the night before/after the trip
Clothing, raingear, and footwear
Personal toiletries, sunscreen
Water bottles/hydration bladder
Headlamp or flashlight
Guide gratuity (suggested 10-15% of trip cost)
*Upon booking you will receive a detailed trip information packet

How many people are in the group?
Most backpacking trips in Grand Canyon will accommodate 5 people plus one guide. On occasion, a group may be as large as 8 people plus 2 guides.

Are there age restrictions?
Children under 12 are generally not permitted on any of Blue Marble's scheduled trips.  This can be negotiable on private tours, please contact us to discuss this policy

How do I sign up?
In order to confirm a reservation , we require an initial deposit of $250 per person, with the final balance due 90 days prior to the trip’s departure. If you book a trip within 90 days of the trip’s scheduled departure, then full payment is due at the time of booking.  Your deposit is payable over the phone by Visa, MasterCard, AmEx, or Discover. Checks by mail are fine as well, as are bank transfers ($35 transfer fee). Call our office Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm Arizona time. 1-602-904-2536
Travel Logistics

Where does the trip begin/end?
This trip will begin/end in Flagstaff, AZ and you will need to spend the night prior to your trip’s scheduled departure in Flagstaff. You will want to fly into either Phoenix (2 hour drive) or Flagstaff. Please visit our  Travel Resources  page for information on airports, shuttles/rental cars and recommended hotels.

Where do you meet our guides?
We will hold a pre-trip orientation at 4:30pm the evening prior to your trip’s departure at the host hotel in St. George. Departure times and logistics for the following morning will be discussed at the orientation.  Most trips will depart between 5am and 6am.

*This meeting is not mandatory, but highly recommended, as we will depart early the next morning. If you are unable to attend, please let us know in advance so that we can make alternate arrangements.

What do we do with our car and extra stuff?
We will provide all transportation to/from trailheads for the duration of the trip. We will pick you up at the host hotel in St. George and return you there at the trip’s conclusion. Guests staying at the host hotel can leave their cars at the hotel. These hotels will often store your luggage for you, as well. If not, we are happy to store extra luggage at a secure location for the duration of the trip. If you are staying at a different hotel, you will need to check with them as to whether you can leave your car there.

What time will we get back on the last day?
Expect to be back in Flagstaff by 5pm at the latest on the last day of the trip. Some trips will return earlier but we cannot make any guarantees. In general, it is recommended that you do not plan to fly home on the same day your trip finishes. Since each trip has slightly different logistics, feel free to contact us with specific questions related to the expected return time for your trip.

Trip Dates

2017 Dates
May: 10-13
June: 8-11
July: 10-13
August: 28-31

2018 Dates
May: 10-13
June: 7-10
July: 10-13
August: 28-31

More dates to come soon…
Don’t see your dates? Custom dates may be available!
Call 1-602-904-2536 or email us  for details.