Reservations for a Visit to Paradise: Havasupai Falls

written by Lisa Travis, Girls Who Hike Arizona Ambassador

On February 1, 2018, I can guess that I, along with a thousand others, will have the exact same schedule. On the morning of first, I will be poised in front of my computer - hands ready at the keyboard, caffeine coursing through my veins- all in an attempt to get a coveted camping permit to the place called Havasupai Falls.

 Photo courtesy of Girls Who Hike founder, Sharron

Photo courtesy of Girls Who Hike founder, Sharron

If you have not been, you have no doubt heard of it or at least seen one of the millions of photos that grace outdoor, travel, and luxury magazines as a place that one must visit. The falls – Havasu, Mooney and Beaver - are located in the Grand Canyon at the home of The Havasupai Tribe (People of the Blue Green Water) in the village of Supai. The only way to get to this glorious piece of paradise is by hiking in (10 miles), taking a mule, or paying for a a helicopter ride. However, the most important item you will need to do any of those will be a permit.

This blog may serve as a quick snapshot of some basic information you will need as you try to secure your permit for CAMPING in 2018. Of course, there is NO guarantee that you will get a permit and you should do your own research to educate yourself as best possible prior to the opening of the permit window.

Here is information to help you plan for your reservations for February 1, 2018 – November 30, 2018:

Reserving a campsite:

  • Online reservations open up on February 1 at 8:00 a.m. Arizona time. The website havasupaireservations.com is the tribe’s official website for camping reservations.
  • Call-in reservations will open on the same day at 9:00 a.m. Arizona time (each day until 3:00 p.m.).
    According to the tribe’s website, there are four call in numbers you can use:
    928-448- 2121
    928-448- 2237
    928-448- 2141
    928-442- 2180
 Photo from camp at our 2017 Girls Who Hike Havasupai trip, courtesy of Girls Who Hike member Kristen Barrie

Photo from camp at our 2017 Girls Who Hike Havasupai trip, courtesy of Girls Who Hike member Kristen Barrie

Fees:

According to the sources I have read, fees for 2018 have gone up, but is a flat fee that covers the fees for entrance, environmental, camping and taxes:

  • 1 person – 2 days/1 night = $140.56
  • 1 person – 3 days/2 nights = $171.11
  • 1 person – 4 days/3 nights = $201.67

The above is for weekday reservations. If you stay on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday, holidays (weekday or traditional such as Memorial Day) you will add $18.33 per night to your reservation.

Limits:

This year, individuals are limited to a maximum of three nights per reservation. However, you can extend your trip if you can secure a second reservation.
Important item to note, all reservations are non-refundable and non-transferable. You can have a secondary name on the permit when making the reservation. One of the names on the permit MUST be present when checking in.

By now, you probably have a bunch of questions you will feel compelled to have answered before you even attempt to make a reservation. Below are a few resources you can use to help you on your journey.

 Photo from 2017 GWH Havasupai trip, courtesy of Girls Who Hike member Connie Bosson

Photo from 2017 GWH Havasupai trip, courtesy of Girls Who Hike member Connie Bosson

Other resources to view:

The official website of the Havasupai Tribe - the website has tons of helpful information
The official website for Havasupai camping permits – opens 8:00 a.m. Arizona time on February 1, 2018
Havasupai Falls/Havasupai Facebook Group – The admins of this group have information and an answer to pretty much anything you can think of to ask them about Havasupai. Their patience and knowledge is just short of saintly and incredibly useful.

Good luck and maybe I will see you down there! - Lisa


Lisa is the Ambassador for our Arizona chapter. You can join her local meetups and discussions through the Arizona chapter by clicking here.

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