As many of you know I just got back from a quick trip to Arizona! The next few posts will be about the details of my trip with some recommendations in case you want to go check these places out! Our first destination was to Havasu Falls, which is two miles away from the small town of Supai at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. Supai is the capital of the Havasupai Indian reservation with a mere 200 residents. There are no roads to get to this site making it is the last city in the US to have mail delivered by mules. The only way in and out is either through the eight-mile trail or by helicopter.
When we arrived to Arizona we started driving up north a few hours to an interesting Motel called The Grand Canyon Caverns Inn. It was already dark as we got out of our car and it seriously was creepy there, like this is how a horror movie begins creepy. Like we might all die here tonight! Clearly we did not die but be warned it is the closest place and pretty much only place to stay before heading to the trailhead so you don’t really have any other options. We actually did sleep really well before getting up at the crack of dawn and heading out.
We got to the trail- head Hilltop and begin our decent down. The first two miles are pretty steep and then level out a bit. It is eight miles before reaching the town of Supai. The hike down is fairly easy, fun to stop and take a lot of pictures with the red rocks towering over you. Once we got to Supai we paid for our campsite, which is fairly pricy, but worth it for sure. More information on the pricing here: https://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/havasupai.htm
After paying we hiked down to the falls, so an additional two miles. It is seriously such an amazing site as you reach the first falls. The Grand Canyon is so magnificent just in its self and then you come across these waterfalls that are turquoise, it looks fake its so vibrant in color! Once we reached our campsite we unpacked a bit and headed to Mooney Falls, which is just past the campground. The decent down to the falls was one of the scariest things I have ever done. We were basically repelling down with chains, ladders, and bolts down a 200-feet tall travertine cliff. It was wet from the mist from the waterfall making it slick and muddy. This is the tallest of the falls and absolutely breathtaking!
It took us about 4 hours to hike in (stopping frequently for pictures) and about 4 and a half hiking out with very few breaks. There is no water on actual trail so make sure if you go you have plenty of water! Overall this was an amazing trip that showed me how amazing and capable the human body is. We logged 24 miles in two days and man was I sore but it was so worth it!