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.
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.
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