How to get into Havasupai Canyon...
How to get into Havasupai Canyon... Reviews
How to get into Havasupai Canyon... May 03, 2007
Wisely, the residents of Supai vetoed an idea to blast a road into their village, so there are only three ways to get to Supai: on horseback, via helicopter, or by hoofing it yourself.
If you choose to go on horseback/mule, it is wise, but not absolutely necessary, to make a reservation in advance. Horses can be rented on the spot too, at Hualapai Hilltop or below in the village. It might be different at busier times, though. A one way trip costs $75,-, round trip double that. From what I saw, some riding experience might be handy, lots of people were being shaken about like potato sacks!
Then there is the helicopter option, which of course has the advantage of being really quick, you're at your destination in about 15 minutes. And the views into the canyon are supposed to be spectacular. Of course, for the purist, this is not the 'real' way to visit the canyon! Anyway, to each his own... Helicopter service is $85,- one way pp., including a small backpack. Be aware, that locals are given preference, esp. when helicoptering out, so you may have to wait some time.
And then of course, there's the last, and best, way of getting in: by your own two feet (see other tips for a description of the hike). You may consider hiring a pack mule to lug your backpack in/out, this makes for a much more relaxing hike. Mules don't carry more than 130 pounds total with a max of 4 items so check the weight of your pack.
Part of the Southwest USA 2007 travel blog
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