5-Day Havasu Falls Hiking Tour

Tour Length
5 days, 4 nights
Guide Type

**Due to a moratorium on 2019 tourism outfitter licenses put in place by the Havasupai tribal council, AOA will not be offering guided tours to Havasupai in 2019.**

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This incredible Havasu Falls hiking tour is the best way to experience the waterfalls of Havasupai. Enjoy all of the amenities of a comfortable basecamp, then go home and tell your friends how you conquered the Grand Canyon! On our guided Havasupai hiking tours, you will be hiking both in and out of the Grand Canyon with assistance of experienced guides. For this 5 day trip, pack horses will carry your clothes and camping equipment, allowing you to hike the 10 miles into and out of Havasu Canyon carrying only what you need for each day’s hike.

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What's Included

Tour Price Includes

  • 1 night lodging at Grand Canyon Caverns Inn
  • Round-trip ground transportation from Phoenix/Scottsdale
  • Tents, double occupancy
  • Sleeping pads
  • Basecamp gear (kitchen equipment, hand washing station, dish washing station, solar shower, camp chairs, etc.)
  • Meals starting dinner Day 1 through lunch Day 5
  • Water and snacks
  • Packhorse support into Havasupai Reservation
  • Professional Wilderness First Responder certified guide

Permit & Land Use Fees Include

  • Havasupai commercial use and entry fee
  • 3 nights Havasupai commercial camping fees
  • Havasupai Environmental Fee

Not Included ​​​​​​​

  • Personal insurance and expenses
  • Air transportation to and from Phoenix/Scottsdale
  • Pre- or post-trip lodging, breakfast or lunch Day 1, dinner Day 5
  • Sleeping bag (available to rent from AOA)
  • Day hiking pack (available to rent from AOA)
  • Gratuities to AOA Guides

Upgrades + Additions

Solo Accommodations Upgrade – $75 pp

All accommodations are shared occupancy by default. Purchase this upgrade to have a tent to yourself.

Gear Rental

  • Sleeping bag rental – packhorse service included ($55 per bag)
  • 30 to 40 liter daypack ($25 per pack)
  • Trekking poles (complimentary upon request)

Other Additions

  • Packhorse to carry guest-provided sleeping bag roundtrip ($25 per bag)
  • Purchase: 3-liter Camelbak reservoir/bladder ($35 per)
  • Horseback ride into or out of the canyon, requires experience ($165 per person, one way)*

*subject to availability, experience required

Optional upgrades, additions, and rentals subject to tax (7.95%).


**Due to a moratorium on 2019 tourism outfitter licenses put in place by the Havasupai tribal council, AOA will not be offering guided tours to Havasupai in 2019.**

We will be offering a comprehensive outfitting package. Get your own permit, rent your gear from AOA, then go self-guided!

Caverns Inn sign near Grand Canyon caverns

This Havasu Falls tour begins 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.




Breakfast and lunch on your own, dinner included


Grand Canyon Caverns Inn

Caverns Inn sign near Grand Canyon caverns
Aerial view of Havasu Falls pool and picnic tables

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, we will hike the trail to Havasupai as it switchbacks down for 1.5 miles until reaching a dry streambed where it levels out. After a trailside lunch, the canyon walls seem to grow taller around 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 to pick up our permits, 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 Havasu Creek which feeds 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.


10 miles


All meals included, breakfast at Grand Canyon Caverns, lunch on the trail, dinner in camp


Established campground in Havasupai

Aerial view of Havasu Falls pool and picnic tables
Young girl sits in hammock on Havasu Falls hiking trip

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.


4-8 miles


All meals included and prepared in camp


Established campground in Havasupai

Young girl sits in hammock on Havasu Falls hiking trip
Hikers on Grand Canyon Havasu Falls tour

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 hiking past Havasu Falls and 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.


10 miles


Breakfast in camp, lunch on the trail, dinner on your own


On your own

Hikers on Grand Canyon Havasu Falls tour

Nitty Gritty

AOA’s adventures might challenge you, but we don’t want them to surprise you, these Nitty Gritty details can help you decide if this the right trip for you.

Comforts of Home

Cell service: This area has very limited cell phone service, you should expect to be unreachable by phone. There is no electricity available. Bring a portable battery to charge your phone for photos.

Bathrooms/Showers: The campground has outhouses that use a unique composting system that keeps them quite clean. However, when wind blows we can sometimes smell them in camp. There are no shower facilities available, so our guides will explain how to use Leave No Trace practices to bathe using water from Havasu Creek and the solar shower provided by AOA.

Van Transports

Getting to Havasupai requires a long drive to reach the trailhead. You can expect to spend 4.5 – 5 hours driving to and from the canyon.


On night 1 of this trip we stay at the Grand Canyon Caverns Inn, a once-famous Route 66 stopping point. This is the closest hotel to Havasupai, allowing us to get an early start for day 2’s hike. Enjoy this quirky piece of history and understand that it may not meet your normal standards for hotel accommodations.

Trip Ratings

Challenge 3 | Comfort 2 | Solitude 2.5 | Participation 2