Havasupai

Going to Havasupai was an experience I will never forget. My best friend (Suzzan) and I saw this place on Instagram (IG name @Ahjulia) and fell in love. After reading her blog (8500 miles.wordpress.com) I was determined to go. She has a Q&A blog about Havasupai that helped me a lot. They start taking reservations on February 1st. We must’ve called Havasupai more than 1000 times and I am not exaggerating. If you are desperate to go (Like I was) and want a good date, I would recommend taking the day off to call them. I didn’t get through until the 4th or 5th day of nonstop calling. Even then I ended up with a reservation for July which I ended up giving away. We went on May 2nd because a nice man which I met on a forum was giving away his reservation. He wanted to go in September instead so me and 2 other people ended up on his reservations with friends. Thank God! P.S. If someone is giving you their reservation make sure that it is switched to your name. They check IDs.

So after all of that, let the adventure begin. We flew into Vegas and drove to Arizona. We got to the hilltop (where you park) at 11pm. I would not recommend driving there at night since it is so dark and you literally cannot see more than 10 feet in front of you. The road to take is Indian road 18 and there is nothing there, just a road. No street lights, not even cell service (I have AT&T) Only Verizon works there apparently. When we arrived we ended up sleeping in our cars and woke up at 5am. We started the hike at 6:30am. I would recommend hiking in since it is so beautiful. We met someone named Glen on our hike down and he is such an amazing person. We really got to know each other on our journey and we stayed together our whole time in Supai. Processed with VSCO with e2 presetProcessed with VSCO with e1 presetimage2 (1)Processed with VSCO with e4 presetProcessed with VSCO with e1 presetWhen hiking to and from Supai, you do have the option to rent a mule to carry your stuff. We ended up hiking with our gear but next we might get a mule.

Processed with VSCO with c1 presetAfter 5 hours of hiking we finally see this sign. Such a relief.

Processed with VSCO with e1 presetI think they just started doing this but they have check points. One at this bridge and another one on the way to the campground. They ask for your name and look up your reservation. If you do not have a reservation, they WILL turn you away and you will have to hike back. That would suck A LOT so please get a reservation. The natives are super nice but they are strict about this.

Processed with VSCO with c1 presetProcessed with VSCO with e2 presetOn Our way to the campground, we see this beautiful little church.

Processed with VSCO with c1 preset“Havasupai is roughly translated as “The people of the blue-green waters,” which refers to the beautiful turquoise color of Havasu Creek. The color of the water is the result of having been stored underground – in limestone caverns or aquifers – for as much as 30,000 years. While underground, the water leaches out minerals, primarily calcium and magnesium, from the limestone. These minerals saturate the water and reflect sunlight, making the water a turquoise color.” Information taken from waterfallsofthegrandcanyon.com.

Processed with VSCO with c1 presetHalf an hour of walking, we finally saw a waterfall (Fifty Foot Falls) I was so excited but we needed to walk 30 more minutes to get to our campsite.

image5After another half an hour of walking we finally reached Havasu Falls. I saw it online a thousand times but seeing it in person was amazing. It looks exactly like the pictures you see online.

Processed with VSCO with 4 presetWhen got to our campground, we were exhausted and starving so Glen fired up the stove. The 10 mile hike should take 4 hours but it took us 6 because we’re slow pokes (Not Glen. He’s an experienced hiker and had so much patience with us). We bought Mountain House food which was surprisingly so delicious. We set up our hammocks, tents, took some pain relievers and we were feeling amazing.

Processed with VSCO with 6 presetGlen even made a friend. The dogs there were super sweet and friendly. If a dog does not have a collar, you can adopt them which is pretty cool. I wish I could take all of them home.

Processed with VSCO with c1 presetProcessed with VSCO with c1 presetAfter resting it was time to hit Havasu Falls. The water  was freezing. It stays 70 degrees year round.

DCIM100GOPROGOPR0580.This is Suzzan and I. The cold water really helped our sore muscles from the hike.

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Processed with VSCO with f1 presetIMG_8442IMG_8097Processed with VSCO with c1 presetThe next day we planned to hike to Mooney falls. My morning consisted of breakfast and staring at the creek with Suzzan while Glen went to the village to buy a few things.

Processed with VSCO with 4 presetThis is the restroom which was pretty clean. They are compost toilets which means they do not flush and after each use, you need to throw wood shaving in toilet. I thought that was pretty cool.

Processed with VSCO with c1 presetThe campsites by the creek had these cool bridges to travel from one side to the other.

Processed with VSCO with e1 presetOn our way to Mooney falls!

DCIM100GOPROGOPR0642.Our first view of Mooney Falls. Pictures do not do it justice. It is 200 feet high and so majestic.

Processed with VSCO with c1 presetTo get to Mooney, you have to climb down and go through 2 sets of caves which was awesome and then you have to descent with the chains and ladders.

Processed with VSCO with c1 presetGoing down Mooney Falls had to be the scariest thing I have ever experienced because I am afraid of heights. The way you climb down is to hold onto chains while while going down a steep mountain. I can’t tell you enough how scared I was (That’s why there are no pictures of the descent). On my way down I was thinking what if I slip and fall to my death? Lol. It’s funny now but at the time I was dying inside. By the time I was down my legs and arms were trembling and felt like Jello. Glen and Suzzan didn’t have such a hard time. They loved it.

Processed with VSCO with c1 presetI’m excited that I made it down alive. Thank you Jesus!

DCIM100GOPROGOPR0650. Processed with VSCO with c1 presetDCIM100GOPROGOPR0669. Processed with VSCO with c3 presetThen it was time to walk to Beaver Falls which is about 4 miles away from Mooney.

image2 (2)On our way to Beaver we found this amazing waterfall. We had to stop and take pictures of course. The water was freeeezziinnggg just in case you can’t tell by our expressions.

DCIM100GOPROGOPR0679. Processed with VSCO with c1 presetTo go to Beaver, you have to walk down the creek and hike. The hike to Beaver is beautiful and so worth it.

Processed with VSCO with c1 presetDCIM100GOPROGOPR0702. Processed with VSCO with f3 presetDCIM100GOPROGOPR0692. Processed with VSCO with c1 presetProcessed with VSCO with c1 presetWe did not make it to Beaver unfortunately because we started the hike too late and it was getting dark so we had to turn back. Glen ended up going without us because he is way faster than us. If you would like to go to Beaver, I would recommend going early around 8am so that you have time for the hike and to enjoy yourself.

Processed with VSCO with e2 presetOn our way back I got soak the beauty of Mooney one last time.

Processed with VSCO with e1 presetI feel in love with this dog on my last day. He kept following me because he likes to be pet. If I could adopt him, I would’ve. Ugh!

Processed with VSCO with c1 presetWe decided to take the helicopter back to the hilltop because hiking back was all uphill and we are out of shape. Lol. Hiking there was so easy but I knew hiking back was going to be a killer.

Processed with VSCO with 2 presetSuzzan was really enjoying the ride.

Processed with VSCO with 6 presetSince I am afraid of heights again I was terrified while on this helicopter. It only took about 5 minutes to get to the hilltop. 5 minutes compared to 6 hours of hiking. I couldn’t believe it.

Processed with VSCO with m5 presetHavasupai was AMAZING. Pictures do not do it Justice, it is one of those things you have to see in person. I wish I stayed longer to really enjoy it but there’s always next year right?

Reservations and camping permit information can be found at the Grand Canyon National Park website and permits can only be reserved by calling starting February 1st (Tried Email, it did not work). Numbers are 928-448-2121 (is the one I got through on), 928-448-2141 or 928-448-2180. Line hours are from 9:00am to 4:00pm Mountain Standard Time. Havasupai lodge numbers are 928-448-2111 or 928-448-2201.

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  1. Wow!!! It sounds amazing, and thanks for the great tips 🤗

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  2. Beautiful pictures! What an awesome adventure! I doubt I could do it because of the all the heights, but good for you for facing your fears!

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  3. This is awesome!! Can’t wait for when we go in September 🙂 how long was the drive from vegas to the hilltop?

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