Havasupai Day (get it?)

After years of seeing the gorgeous turquoise blue waterfalls on Pinterest and Instagram, I decided to I needed to see these falls for myself. I’ll be real with you guys, this hike was hard AF. I felt pretty miserable the entire way down with 40lbs on my shoulder and zero-to-no rest along the way. It’s not for everyone, and if you’re someone like me who isn’t into camping or backpacking and more of a glamping kinda-gal, you might want to make plans to the Caribbeans instead.

Havasu Falls

Getting the permit:

Half the battle is actually locking down a permit. Remember to be flexible, you might not be able to get the exact days or months you want – so be ready to lock down whatever they have left. I’m not going to list the phone numbers on here because it’s a total waste of time. I would call them as a last resort. In 2017, they introduced an online permit system: http://theofficialhavasupaitribe.com/

It’s totally legit and will save you the hassle of spending 4 hours listening to a busy tone. They release permits the first week of every February for the rest of the year and the entire calendar is booked up within 3 days, so mark your calendars.

Itinerary

Day 1: Havasu Falls

We drove from Las Vegas to the hill top which took about 3 1/2 hours. You won’t miss the parking lot since there will be a ton of cars already parked there.

This hike is not for the faint of heart. It’s long and very little shade and carrying 40lbs on your back doesn’t make it any easier. For those who aren’t used to carrying a heavy load, I really recommend paying for a mule to carry your bags – it’s about $100 through the website. You’ll have to reserve a few weeks in advance.

However, the hike to the falls is pretty underrated. The formations of the rocks are quite beautiful and when it turns mid day, the rocks turn a pretty orange color from the sun. And once you reach Havasu Falls, the view is totally worth all the pain you feel in your feet.

Day 2: Mooney Falls and Beaver Falls

The hike to Mooney Falls is pretty short. It’s only about a mile from the camp grounds. Getting to the falls is a journey in itself. Blocked off by a warning sign, hikers are cautioned to descend at their own risk.

 

Beaver Falls is another 4-5 miles from Mooney Falls. It’s a long trek, consisting of river crossings and bug bites, but once you get there, it’s unbelievable.
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Day 3: Back to Vegas via Helicopter
The second day of our trip, it started to rain which made living conditions pretty miserable. So we decided to cut our trip short and head back to Las Vegas where we could take a nice warm shower. At this point, every part of my body ache and the idea of hiking another 5 hours back to the parking lot sounded close to impossible.
We decided to take a helicopter back because fuck it, we were tired. The 10 minute helicopter ride was $70 dollars per person and it was the best $70 dollars I’ve ever spent.

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