I’ve been trying to get this permit for 2.5 years ever since I moved to Arizona. About a month ago was my lucky day. Every year on February 1st the office opens up their phone lines to sell permits for that calendar year. I called on repeat at least hundreds of times and never got through. On October 17th, 2017 I called randomly to see if they had any cancellations and it was my lucky day! I quickly learned that it is easier to get a permit during the week if you are able to take off work. The weekends permits go quicker.
HAVASUPAI CAMPGROUND RESERVATIONS & PERMITS:
To make camping reservations in Havasupai, you can must call the Havasupai Tourism Office at (928) 448-2121.
- Camping permit – $25 per person, per night
- Environmental fee – $10 per person
- Entrance fee – $50 per person as well
This means that for the first night the cost for one person is $85, and $25 for each subsequent night camping. For more information, click here. It cost us $93.50 including tax per person for one night.
We crammed a lot into one weekend, it’s doable, but if you have more time to explore I would highly recommend to do so.
REI has some great free classes to prepare for your hike. I saw one locally called “preparing for the grand canyon”. You can also rent backpacks, tents, and more gear from them. Check to see what stores you can rent from here. OR a cheaper option would be to rent from Arizona Hiking Shack off of 32nd and Thomas. My friends went there and they had everything for cheaper.
What I Packed
- 2 person tent
- Sleeping bag
- Sleeping pad
- 1 gallon of water (Camelbak with bite valve)
- 2 pairs of wool socks
- Change of clothes
- Plenty of Cliff bars, trail mix, and stuff to make PB&J’s
- Swim suit
- Rain coat (you’ll want this for Moony falls)
- Water shoes
- Hiking shoes
- First aid kit
- Portable chargers
- Camera/Go Pro
Think minimal! Unless you plan to have the helicopter or donkeys take down your stuff (extra $$) your bag can get reallyyyyy heavy.
We left after work around 5pm to head to the nearest hotel near the trailhead which is still a 1.5 hour drive away. From my house (Scottsdale) to the lodge was about 3 hours and 22 minutes. Definitely worth staying closer Friday night so we are energized for the long hike ahead. To book a room at Hualapai Lodge click here. I got the AAA rate for $127/night.
Drive to the trailhead then get ready for a 10 mile hike down the Grand Canyon to the famous Havasupai falls! We set up our tent right near Havasu falls for the night. I do warn you in November the canyon gets pretty cold. It was about 21 degrees at night and up to 60 degrees during the day.
My friend and I went swimming in Navajo falls. The water was cold, but not unbearable for being so late in the year.
This is the hardest part! Hike 10 miles back and the last mile is straight up the canyon. Then we drive back 4+ hours to Scottsdale. It was a super exhausting day, but if you’ve seen the pictures I think it’s worth it.