Best time to visit: Spring through Fall
Ideal For: Hiking, Swimming, and Camping
Where to stay: Supai Campground
2019 camping reservations went on sale February 1st and are now sold out for the year.
Supai is an oasis beneath the Grand Canyon's south rim - but it's not a part of Grand Canyon National Park. Supai itself is a tiny, Native American town in the canyon - the ancestral and current home of members of the Havasupai Tribe. A mile south of the town is a system of turquoise waterfalls which are famous the world-over. Advanced reservations are required - read more about making a reservation in the Useful Info section below.
Must See Attractions:
Navajo Falls - The first waterfall that you reach - there is an Upper and Lower Navajo Falls which are both incredible with intricate travertine formations. This is a popular place to swim.
Havasu Falls - The most famous waterfall in the group, and another great place to swim. The hiking path descends from the top of Havasu Falls and circles around to it's base.
Mooney Falls - The tallest waterfall in the group. The hike down to the base of Mooney Falls is a little treacherous but there are chains to hold on to for support. See this one early in the morning to beat the crowd on the narrow hiking route.
Beaver Falls - The last major waterfall which is several miles down canyon from Mooney Falls. The hike to get here crosses the creek often - wear shoes that can get wet.
Advanced camping reservations can be made online here. 2019 campsites went on sale February 1st and are now sold out for the year.
You must obtain an advance reservation to visit Supai. When you arrive, you will receive a wristband and there are rangers who will check for it. Day hiking down to Supai from the canyon rim is not allowed - you are required to stay the night if you hike down and you must have a reservation as it is always at capacity.
All reservations are non-refundable and non-transferrable.
You can reach the Supai camping reservation office at (928) 448-2180. You can reach the Supai Lodge reservation office at (928) 448-2111.
To reach the waterfalls, you will need to hike about 10 miles, one-way into the Grand Canyon. The hike is hot and strenuous, especially when climbing out.
There is a helicopter service - it is first-come-first-served and runs a few days a week. Read more about it here.
There is drinking water available for free in the campground and in Supai, and food for purchase at a small cafeteria and convenience store in Supai.
Where to Stay:
The campground is incredible. There is a designated stretch of canyon between Havasu Falls and Mooney Falls where you can set up camp wherever you see fit. Many people string a hammock between two trees, or find secluded corners along the creek. You can camp right next to the brink of Mooney Falls if you dare. Fires are not allowed, and the Supai town is roughly a mile’s hike away.
There is also a very small and rustic hotel in Supai which can be reserved at 928-448-2111.
Hiking in Supai:
The hiking route simply follows Havasu Creek up or down the canyon - from Navajo Falls all the way down to Beaver Falls. The trail crosses the creek below Mooney Falls, so if you want to hike to Beaver Falls, wear shoes that can get wet.
Mooney Falls has an exciting hike down to it's base that might be intimidating if you have a fear of heights. There are chains to hold onto throughout the descent. Do this hike early in the morning to beat the crowds.