The small Native American village of Supai is nestled deep in the Grand Canyon. This remote village is a popular hiking destination for visitors from around the world. What attracts people to hike 10 miles each way deep into the canyons is the crystal blue waters of the Havasu Creek and the breathtaking waterfalls.
There are several hikes you can do and waterfalls to see besides the most popular Havasu Falls, most notable Mooney and Beaver Falls. You can also hike to Confluence, where the water of Havasu Creek meets the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon.
Visiting Havasupai Falls does take some proper scheduling and preparation. While we recommend to visit for 3 days and 2 nights, not everyone’s calendar allows for the longer trip. We have created this 2 day/1 night itinerary for hiking Havasu Falls to make sure you maximize your adventure and see as much as possible.
With a shorter time span it means you will have to push yourself to keep a steady hiking pace and be prepared for a long day of hiking upwards of 14 miles the first day and 10 miles the second day. The recommended times in our itinerary are based on our moderate hiking speed, which is required to have enough time to visit Beaver Falls.
This itinerary is made for people visiting Havasu Falls during Spring, summer and early fall, when the sun is up for longer. If you are visiting particularly early or late in the season, make sure to bring head lamps as you will find yourself hiking before sunrise.
For more information about the hiking trail and the waterfalls themselves, make sure to check out the first part of our complete guide to Havasu Falls.
2 day/1 night itinerary for hiking Havasu Falls:
DAY 1: Hiking Hilltop to Beaver Falls
Wake up early and start your hike before 6AM, to get to the village around 9AM when the tourism office opens. This way you can register and get your camping permit without having to wait. Walk to the campground and set your tent at the beginning of the campground.
Leave your big bag at your camping spot and keep enough water and food for lunch and snacks. Then head towards Mooney Falls making your way down the wooden ladders and chains, to enjoy the rest of your morning in the cool blue waters at the base of the falls.
After lunch gather your supplies and head towards Beaver Falls. Enjoy making your way through this breathtaking set of cascading waterfalls before returning for dinner at the campground. You do not want to leave Beaver Falls too late, as climbing the ladders and chains at Mooney Falls can get quite difficult in the dark. After dinner you will probably want nothing more than to go straight to sleep.
DAY 2: From Havasu Falls back home
Wake up just before dawn and pack up your tent. Getting to Havasu Falls right around sunrise will give you the best photos without any hard shadows to worry about. Enjoy your morning at Havasu Falls and the endless number of surrounding pools.
After lunch it is time to start heading back to the hilltop. On the way to Supai village take a short break at New Navajo Falls and the pools above the falls. Make sure to leave no later than 4PM so you can hike after the heat of the day and get back to your car before it is super dark. This will bring you to the end of a fun filled and exciting two days visiting Havasu Falls!
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