This is our original Havasupai hiking adventure. Enjoy all of the amenities of our private base camp, then go home and tell your friends how you conquered the Grand Canyon! On our guided Havasupai Tours, you will be hiking both in and out of the canyon with assistance of experienced safety-certified guides. Pack horses carry your personal gear, allowing you to hike into Havasu Canyon carrying only what you need for the day.
Havasupai, known as the “land of the blue-green waters,” is a lush and unexpected oasis deep in the bottom of the Grand Canyon. Relax at our base camp and enjoy the streamside ‘beach’ and swimming holes or participate in the daily guided hikes around Havasupai to explore the amazing wonders of the Grand Canyon.
Length: 5 days, 4 nights – see the Adventure Tour Calendar
Difficulty Rating: Advanced (Beginner/Intermediate options available with additional supplements)
STARTS: 1:30pm from the Holiday Inn Express
ENDS: 6:00pm-8:00pm Holiday Inn Express
FITNESS LEVEL RATING: Advanced*
OVERNIGHT: Motel & Comfortable Camping
GUESTS: 4 min – 24 max
HIKE IN / HIKE OUT
*Optional Addition: Helicopter or Horseback Ride = Beginner or Moderate Fitness Level
DAY 1: DRIVE FROM SCOTTSDALE/PHOENIX TO THE GRAND CANYON CAVERNS INN
1:30pm – Meet in the lobby of the Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites in Old Town Scottsdale. Today we will head north through the Sonoran Desert and into the high elevation plateaus and red rock canyons of north-central Arizona. As we gain elevation, we will travel across the Colorado Plateau to the Grand Canyon Caverns Inn. Here we will enjoy dinner as your guides brief you on the following morning’s activities and provide an overview of your guided hiking trip in Havasupai.
- Hiking: None
- Meals: Breakfast and lunch on your own, dinner included
DAY 2: DESCEND INTO THE BOTTOM OF THE GRAND CANYON
After an early breakfast, we will drive the short distance to the trailhead, which is perched on the edge of the canyon. It is called Hualapai Hilltop (pronounced “Walapai”) and is the only land travel access to Havasupai. Starting at an elevation of 5,200 feet, the trail to Havasupai switchbacks down for 1.5 miles until it reaches a dry streambed and levels out. After a trailside lunch, the canyon walls seem to grow taller alongside the trail as you descend deeper into the labyrinthine red sandstone of Hualapai Canyon. At mile 8 in our hike the canyon begins to widen and vegetation abounds as you enter the village of Supai, the most remote village in the U.S., where even the mail still arrives by pack animal. Here at 3,200 feet, after a welcome rest stop, the Cottonwood-lined paths will lead you through the village and into the canyon’s backcountry. A little further down the trail, you hike past 70ft. New Navajo Falls, 35 ft. Rock Falls and 100 ft. Havasu Falls. Soon after, you will arrive in camp. Estimated arrival time is between 1:00pm and 3:00pm. Use the afternoon to explore the Havasupai campground while your guides prepare dinner. Sleep under the stars or retire to your spacious tent for a peaceful night of slumber.
- Hiking: 10 miles
- Meals: All meals included, breakfast at Grand Canyon Caverns, lunch on the trail, dinner in camp
DAY 3 and 4: EXPLORING GRAND CANYON’S HIDDEN TREASURES
Awaken in camp, nestled beneath the towering cottonwood trees along the banks of Havasu Creek and a short walk from the canyon’s enormous waterfalls. You will find fresh-brewed coffee and a hearty breakfast waiting in the camp kitchen. Every morning and afternoon your guides will lead you on hikes around Havasupai, some of the most spectacular and awe-inspiring treks in the world. Cross tropical blue streams and wade through lush meadows of wild grapevines, clamber up narrow side canyons with red rock walls towering thousands of feet overhead, even take a swim beside a 200 ft. waterfall. Each day you will dine on healthy, hearty meals prepared by your trip leaders. All the guided hikes in Havasupai are optional and you are welcome to choose to instead spend a lazy afternoon or morning reading a book in a hammock by Havasu creek. Remember, it’s your vacation. Make it what you wish. We have options from high adventure to peaceful relaxation.
- Hiking: 4-8 miles
- Meals: All meals included and prepared in camp
DAY 5: ASCEND FROM PARADISE
The scenery and magic of Havasupai and its majestic waterfalls will make you never want to leave, but after breakfast it is time to conquer the canyon! While always challenging, the exhilaration of reaching the rim is an amazing feeling you will never forget. As you ascend the trail from Havasupai the canyon will feel like a familiar old friend. Expect to arrive at the rim between 11:00am – 1:00pm. After reaching the Hualapai Hilltop, remember to look back at the magnificence of the canyon and allow a sense of your accomplishment to sink in. We will return to the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites in Old Town Scottsdale between 6:00pm and 8:00pm.
- Hiking: 10 miles
- Meals: Breakfast in camp, lunch on the trail, dinner on your own
Dates & Pricing
Single Occupancy – additional $75 + tax
*based on availability
July 30 – Aug. 3
Sept. 6-10 (Labor Day)
| To see dates for all multi-day guided tours,
visit our Adventure Tour Calendar.
INCLUDED IN COST
NOT INCLUDED IN COST
- Sleeping bag / linen rental ($45 per set – 2015) – includes R/T horse pack
- Individual tent ($25)
- Horseback ride ($135 per person – 2015, one way)
- Helicopter ride ($85 per person, one way)**
* Additional options subject to tax (7.95%)
** Helicopter flies:
Mar 15 -Oct 15 – Thursday, Friday, Sunday & Monday
Oct 15 – Mar 15 -Friday & Sunday
Reservations, Payments and Cancellations
Havasupai tours are very popular and advanced planning is often necessary. We recommend making your reservations at least 3 to 5 months in advance. We can accommodate last minute bookings provided space is available, so please call our office to check.
There are a limited number of single rooms / tents available on each guided trip. An additional charge may apply and will be reflected in the single occupancy price.
Please call our office for special group discounts.
Can we reserve one of your regularly scheduled dates exclusively for us? – Yes! As long as there are no other customers booked on that date, it is yours. There may be an additional charge depending on your group size.
Each trip requires a minimum number of participants for departure. Arizona Outback Adventures (AOA) reserves the right to cancel scheduled trips that do not meet minimum sign-up requirements (usually 4 guests).
For more details please see our comprehensive Trip Policies and Payments page
We strongly recommend that you purchase “travel insurance”. This is a valuable tool that will protect your trip investment in the case of events such as:
- Unexpected sickness or injury
- Natural disasters and terrorism
- Lost baggage
- Emergency medical expense
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: When’s the best time to go on this trip?
A: Spring, early Summer and Fall are excellent times to visit Havasupai. The weather is warm enough for comfortable swimming in the waterfalls of Havasu Creek. July and August tend to have significantly higher temperatures as well as greater likelihood of stormy weather.
Q: Why should I travel with AOA?
A: We are the Havasupai experts! Arizona Outback Adventures operates more tours here than anyone else. Each of our guides spends as many as 120 days every year in Havasupai. Only they have the intimate knowledge and understanding that comes from essentially living in one of the most beautiful and secluded places on earth. AOA promises to exceed your expectations in 5 key areas: Safety, Comfort, Food, Education, and Exceptional Guides. Our guests return to travel with us again and again. To hear what they have to say, read our Testimonials page.
Q: What are the trails like?
A: Hiking in Havasupai can be challenging, in places the trails are uneven, exposed, and composed of fine gravel or sand. Comfortable, supportive, and well-broken in hiking boots or shoes are an absolute necessity when hiking in the Grand Canyon. The trail from Haulapai Hilltop to our base camp along Havasu creek is 10 miles and for much of the hike there is little shade available. When hiking in the canyon itself we will have access to the creek and shady trees for cooling off.
Q: How do I train for the trip?
A: Before embarking on any Grand Canyon hiking trip you should do significant training to ensure your trip will be an enjoyable and memorable experience. For this particular guided hiking adventure, you should feel confident in your ability to walk for 10 miles.
Q: What is Havasupai?
A: Havasu Canyon is one of over 600 side canyons forming the 277-mile long Grand Canyon. While over 5 million people per year visit Grand Canyon Village on the South Rim, far fewer venture to the remote Havasupai Indian Reservation deep in the heart of Grand Canyon. Home to the Havasupai Tribe for hundreds of years, the canyon is a land of towering waterfalls, beautiful cascades, and tropical blue-green pools. This lush oasis is considered the “gem” of Grand Canyon. Learn more on our Havasupai Cultural History page.
Still have questions? Read our detailed Havasupai trip FAQ for more information on: weather, accommodations, training, etc.
Grand Canyon Information
Some say you haven’t lived until you have hiked in the Grand Canyon. A guided trek through the heart of the canyon will leave you with a sense of accomplishment, awe, appreciation, and love of the grandest place on earth.
The Grand Canyon is a complex and mysterious place that continues to evolve. As the canyon itself is constantly changing, so too are the hypotheses as to how it was formed. New questions and discoveries are nearly as plentiful as the visitors who come to gaze into the vast chasm. Geologists, archaeologists, and adventurers alike have been canvassing the canyon for decades trying to come to some sort of understanding of the place. The canyon is still very much a wild frontier.
How old is the Colorado River? What sort of creature created this fossil? How is it that rocks only 500 million years old are found at the same altitude as those that are nearly a billion years old? Why is a type of rock found in one area of the canyon and not another?
Geologists are able to date the ages of the rock layers with accuracy. We know that the oldest rock layer, the Vishnu Schist, lies deepest within the canyon and is the layer through which the Colorado River currently flows. This ancient Vishnu Schist is considered some of the oldest exposed rock in the world, dating its birth to approximately 1.7 billion years ago. Scientists generally agree upon the ages of the rock layers and the means by which they were formed, but it is the age of the canyon itself that is debated. Some say the river began cutting into the canyon a mere 5 million years ago, others claim it was as long ago as 70 million years. By as recently as 1.2 million years ago, Grand Canyon had come to look much the same as it does today. The beautiful and complex rock layers that have been exposed offer a glimpse into the incredible tectonic forces that have impacted this part of the world over a span of nearly two billion years.
For more information on Grand Canyon flora and fauna, geology, and weather visit the Grand Canyon Natural History Page.
Suggested Packing List
**Seasonal = January, February, March, early April, late October, November and December
Recommended Reading List
- I am the Grand Canyon – Stephen Hirst
- Grand Canyon: Solving Earth’s Grandest Puzzle – James Lawrence Powell
- Grand Canyon: True Stories of Life Below the Rim – Sean O’Reilly, James O’Reilly & Larry Habegger, Editors
- Over the Edge: Death in Grand Canyon – Michael P. Ghiglieri and Thomas M. Myers