Updated on September 6, 2020
So, do you have a permit to Havasu Falls? And you are ready for the hike to Havasu Falls? Now you pack yourself carefully? Are you wondering what Havasu Falls Camping looks like and whether you’ll be able to get a good campsite? So, in this article, we share with you our personal experience and hints which help you choose the best campsite in Havasu Falls Camping. We share with you The Ultimate Havasu Falls Guide to Backpacking and Camping.
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Most Important About Havasu Falls Camping
Havasu Falls Camping is on the Havasupai Tribe land, and requires permits and reservations made prior arrival, which costs 300-375 dollars per person (2019). And you have to stay there for 3 nights and 4 days. If you stay for one night, you pay for three. Hike to Havasu Falls is 10-miles long one way, but it’s one of our favorites, so far.
It’s a beautiful campground. Havasu Falls Camping brings lots of joy in the sun with swims, hikes, and waterfalls, unlike anywhere else.
The campground is a “camp wherever you want” campground running for over a half-mile on both sides of Havasu Creek between Havasu Falls and Mooney Falls in the Grand Canyon. There are no designated or assigned camping sites, and you are welcome to set up camp anywhere within the campground area that is safe and respectful of the land and other visitors. Check our tips to get the best campsite. There are enough campsites to host 350 campers per night. In addition, sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Havasu Falls Camping Rules
First of all, remember that you are on Havasupai Tribe land and you must respect their law. Most important is to respect Havasupai Tribe’s rules. Remember that you can’t take and use alcohol nor drugs in all areas of the Havasupai Reservation. Another, you can’t use drones. It’s impossible to campfire, too.
Furthermore, it’s crucial to respect the environment. Do not pollute the water in the river and waterfalls with any chemicals or cosmetics. You can’t feed wild animals. Above all, don’t litter. Practice Leave No Trace to keep the campground and the falls clean for everyone to enjoy. Take your garbage with you to the village after camping. Finally, do not jump or dive into waterfalls because it is highly dangerous. In other words, be careful. It is possible to swim behind the falls and enter a small rock shelter behind it. Besides, do not photograph the village or residents of Havasupai, and mules too. Be respectful of other campers and watch your noise at night. And be a good neighbor.
So, as a result, our article, we start from what you CANNOT TAKE to Havasu Falls Camping and what you CANNOT DO in Havasupai because they are strictly prohibited. Finally, you have to know that you can pay huge fines if you broke the rules. So above all, check all laws and campground rules and respect them.
What items you cannot take to Havasu Falls Camping
- Drugs (also marihuana)
- Biodegradable cosmetics, as soap.
What you cannot do in Havasupai
- NO photograph the village or residents of Havasupai, their community, as well mules
- NO make campfires in the Havasu campground
- NO use drones
- NO alcohol
- NO drugs (including weed)
- NO cliff-jumping
- NO diving
- NO rock climbing
- NO littering
- NO nudity or inappropriate clothing
Facilities Available at Havasu Falls Camping
What features offers Havasu Falls Camping?
Havasu Falls Camping is one of the most beautiful camping we’ve ever been so far. This Campground offers you an unforgettable adventure in paradise oasis. There are composting toilets throughout Havasu Campground. There is one drinking spring in the campground – Fern Spring. You are responsible for bringing all the necessities for sleeping and cooking for yourself, so check our Havasupai Packing List, which helps you prepare perfectly for your adventure.
You have a lot of trees suitable for a hammock, so you can relax with the book or listening to the sound of water. The campground offers many flat and well-shaded riverfront campsites. There are composting toilets throughout Havasu Campground. Usually, they are clean, have toilet paper and a hand sanitizer.
You have a lot of picnic tables next to campsites. You can find campsites on both sides of Havasu Creek. There are several makeshift wooden bridges in place to get you across the creek.
There is no shop in the camping, but you have a store in the village that provides basic needs. But prices are much higher, and the choice is limited. There is also a bar in the Supai village, so you can go for 2 miles long walk and eat in the bar. Another option is buying a simple hot meal 5 minutes from the campground. Next to Havasu Falls, every day from noon, you can purchase Indian tacos prepared by an Indian family (you need cash), and it’s very tasty.
What facilities ARE NOT Available at Havasu Falls Camping?
Havasupai Waterfalls is remote wilderness area. There is no:
- running water,
- hospitals, or medical services
How to choose the perfect Havasu Falls campsite?
Before you start your Hike to Havasu Falls, check our article where we share our experience. After 10 miles exhausting hike, you have reached the Havasupai Campground. Hurray. You are lucky! But what know?
You have to pick up your campsite and put up your tent and hammock and enjoy the beauty of this paradise. Below are some tips to help you make the right choice.
Start your hike as early as possible
Why? First of all, for your safety. Starting the hike before sunrise, you will avoid the heat. As we mentioned in our earlier articles, this is a long hike. No water, no shade.
But also important – the faster you start, the sooner you’ll be there. You will have more beautiful places to choose from Havasu Falls camping. Selecting a campsite at Havasu Falls isn’t that difficult, but the sites available to you will depend on which day of the week you arrive and what time. If your luggage is delivered on mules, it will come later than you. So book a place for your campsite using your jacket or other gear.
Walk through the Havasu Falls Camping
Havasu Falls Camping is over half a mile long. The campground is long and narrow, stretching the length of Havasu Creek for about a mile before reaching Mooney Falls. So if you are earlier, take your time. Walk along the campsite. Look carefully at the camping. You can cross a few bridges suspended by the stream. They are made of ladders and logs. So check if you choose a campsite on the other side of such a bridge, you won’t have problems maintaining balance. Will you be able to walk through it in the dark to the toilet?
Check water access and restrooms access
Check where the source of drinking water is. Fern Spring is at the beginning of the camping; it’s located in the upper (upstream). So take a big water reservoir with you, because if you find your perfect place further, you will have a long walk for drinking water. You can fill up with the freshwater once daily at the campground so that you don’t need to go back and forth whenever you need water. Take water treatment tablets or filters just in case. You will find recommendations on our Havasupai Packing List. Then check where the toilets are. You have three spots with restrooms, in the beginning, middle, and end of Havasu Falls Camping. So choose a place closer to the toilet, because it is not easy to move in the dark. Please use the restrooms than going outside your tent. It is a unique place, let’s leave it clean for next campers.
Pick the riverfront campsite with trees to hang a hammock
Above all, check the campsite near the river. The sound of the Havasu Creek river during the night it’s a fantastic experience. So try to pick up the riverfront campsite. But during monsoon season check first if it’s safe. Check the campground that is raised above the water level. It will be safer for you and your equipment in case of rainstorms. Floods are most common in July – September. During rainy days, we recommend camping on higher ground. Find a dry place above the stream. See if, in the event of unexpected rain, the area will not flood by the water. Remember that it can be a bit cooler next to the water. Perfect if you find next to your campsite two trees, and it should be accessible in this paradise oasis. Swinging in a hammock in Havasu Creek is one of the most beautiful relaxations for us so far. During summer, when the nights are hot, you can even sleep in a hammock. Trees will offer extra shelter as a windbreak, too.
Watch out for falling rocks
Be careful with put up a tent next to the canyon walls. Remember that rocks and stones may fall off them and hurt you or destroy your equipment. So, in our opinion, it’s better to avoid camping close to the canyon walls.
You can always change your campsite
Remember that you can always change your campsite. If your place was not the right choice, you could always change it the next day. Every morning some campers leave the Havasu Falls Camping so that you can move to their location. We met many people who each of the three nights spent in a different place. Walk in the morning around 6 am -7 am through camping, you’ll see people packing and leaving.
Don’t camp where you aren’t supposed to
Camping is not allowed at the base of Havasu Falls. The campground begins just a few minutes further down the trail after passing through a fence. We saw people pitching tents right over the edge of Mooney Falls. It is not the spot for camping. Havasu Falls Camping is long enough to find a beautiful place for yourself. Putting up a tent on edge is a danger. Otherwise, it’s rude, because other campers can’t admire the waterfall and take pictures because of your tent. Remember that some of them traveled from the other end of the world to see the beauty of Havasupai Waterfalls. So respect the right of others to admire this place.
Safety at Havasupai Campground
Safety is the basis. So take care of your safety so that you can come back from Havasu Creek with beautiful memories. Check our tips on what to pack to Havasupai. We recommend as Havasupai Tribe recommend too, to take out additional insurance for this trip. The Havasupai area is difficult to access; there is no medical assistance.
Havasu Falls Camping is safe. People are friendly and helpfully, you will meet new friends there.
The biggest threat is animals. So:
- be extremely careful with your food and equipment,
- pack exactly all your food and litter to prevent them by animals (check our packing list to choose right gear),
- hang the backpack on a rope or a tree branch so that the raccoons or squirrels do not damage it,
- always close the tent before you leave,
- tightly secure your garbage; you can use plastic buckets (available at the campsite) but put a large rock on top of it. Remember to take all your trash with you, when you finish your camping; keep the campground and the falls clean for everyone to enjoy,
- there are no trash cans at the campground, so be prepared to carry out your own trash,
- do not feed animals.
What to bring to Havasupai Campground?
We have extensive backpacking experience and travel for many years. We love the wilderness and camping in the wilderness. That is why we have prepared a Havasupai Packing List for you, which contains the essential items that you have to bring with you to enjoy your camping experience in Havasupai.
Essential are: tent, hammock, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, headlamp, day pack, first aid kit, kitchen gear: stove, fuel, cookware, sporks, food, water shoes, swimsuit, quick-dry towel, and more.
So, check our complete Havasupai Packing List, please, so that you don’t forget something important.
What to eat at Havasu Falls Campground?
Check our Havasupai Packing List to see the necessary camping gear that you should take for your hike to Havasu Falls. Remember to keep your food safe, there is a lot of animals. If you are on a diet and you require special meals, you must take all the food with you. In the village shop, you can buy food, but the choice is limited, and the prices are very high. Remember, there is no road, so supplies are delivery on mules or helicopters. Below you have our food suggestions that we like and usually, take to camping.
What we like is multi-grain breakfast cereal, gluten-free instant cereal, breakfast skillet or cinnamon apple crisp
It should be nutritious, especially after a hiking day on or swimming in waterfalls. We like: stroganoff with noodles, chicken pesto pasta, lasagna with meat sauce.
We also recommended an emergency food supply, and 3-day weekender kit which should be enough for 3 days camping for a person.
We usually take snacks with us for a short hike. Worth taking bites on a trip to Beaver Falls. For each of our hikes, we take beef jerky and protein bars ,which are a very nutritious snack.
As we mentioned, there is a bar in the village. They serve burgers, sandwiches, and other junk food.
What to do at Havasu Falls Camping?
It’s such a beautiful place that three days it’s not enough. So rest, read books, walk, meet people from all over the world. Swing in a hammock, enjoy the paradise scenery. Take pictures. Bathe in the waterfalls. And go on hike to Mooney Falls and Beaver Falls (more about hikes in a separate article). Enjoy the paradise of Havasupai Waterfalls!
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