Trip Details

Type: Hiking/Camping/Kayaking

Days: 5 Days

Distance: ~26 miles hiking/ 12 miles kayaking

Difficulty: Intermediate (*all participants must be able to swim)

Origin: Flagstaff, AZ

Cost: $1750

Trip Description

The combination of a famous hike to one of the world renowned Havasupai Waterfalls and a breathtaking, flat-water paddle along the Colorado River is hard to pass up. Prepare to spend your next adventure soaking in hot springs, exploring caves and swimming in waterfalls! You’ll spend your first 3 days hiking and swimming in the lush oasis of Havasu Canyon, with its towering canyon walls and spectacular waterfalls. Enjoy the benefit of having pack mules carry all your gear while you travel light with just a daypack. Next, we will transport you to Boulder City, NV for one night in a comfortable lodge before trading hiking boots for kayaks and paddles. We launch our boats at the foot of Hoover Dam for a 12 mile float through Black Canyon and one more night of camping at the Arizona Hot Springs. Experience the dramatic scenery of the Southwest by boat and by foot and leave with an unimaginable sense of discovery.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1:
This exciting tour kicks off with a beautiful hike into Havasu Canyon, the home of the world-famous Havasupai Waterfalls. Watch the cliffs of the Grand Canyon soar overhead as you descend deeper and deeper with every passing mile. We pass through the village of Supai and a few of the first falls before arriving at the namesake Havasu Falls, our short walk from camp. Upon arrival at the campground your guide will set up camp while you relax by the creek.
Drive Time: 3 hours
Distance & Elevation: 10 miles, 2400 foot descent
Light Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 2:
After breakfast, prepare to spend the day exploring. Your guide will lead you on an exciting hike to explore the three main Havasupai waterfalls, various side canyons and wonderful swimming holes. Plan to spend the entire day away from camp. The lower canyon features a true wilderness feel with spectacular scenery and plenty of great places to stop for a swim. Enjoy a picnic lunch along the banks of the turquoise waters before making our way back towards camp.
Distance & Elevation: ~ 7 miles, 500 foot descent/ascent
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3:
Rise early for breakfast and prepare to retrace your steps back to Hualapai Hilltop. Enjoy the hike during the cool and shady early hours of the day, arriving back at the trailhead in time for a big, tasty lunch overlooking the Canyon. We will then travel to Boulder City, NV for a night in a comfortable lodge and dinner at a nearby restaurant.
Distance & Elevation: 10 miles, 2400 foot ascent
Light Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Drive Time: 3 hours

Day 4:
The day begins on one of the most historic roads in the area- which takes you to your launch site at the foot of the Hoover Dam on the Colorado River. Before you launch your state of the art kayak/canoe your knowledgeable and experienced guide will give you a lesson in basic paddling and general river safety. Today’s distance in the kayak is not long but offers plenty of exploring. There are various side canyons with warm creeks and even a sauna cave to heat up in. Eventually we will land at our camp and have a chance to soak in the Arizona Hot Springs or take a dip in the river. Your guide will prepare dinner while you enjoy a sunset on the river banks, deep in Black Canyon.
Distance: 4 miles kayaking, 2 miles hiking
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5:
After a night’s rest under the stars, your guide will have coffee and breakfast waiting for you. Today is all about paddling. We pack up camp and launch shortly after breakfast to enjoy time heading downstream. Once on the river, keep your eyes open for some of the local wildlife. One typically sees Big Horn Sheep, Bald Eagles, Great Blue Herons, and wild burros. We will stop to stretch our legs and have a snack. The day also includes a chance to paddle into the Emerald Cave. After landing at Willow Beach and loading up the boats, it’s back to Flagstaff. The trip will end in Flagstaff at approximately 5:00pm.
Distance: 8 miles kayaking
Breakfast, Lunch
Drive Time: 3 hours

*6-Day Option: For those seeking more time to explore the beautiful Havasupai waterfalls, we off a longer itinerary that includes our 4-Day Havasu Falls hiking tour before heading to Black Canyon for the kayaking section. We require a minimum of 4 participants to schedule this tour. Call for details.

*Final itineraries are occasionally subject to change due to permit/campsite availability, park restrictions/closures, weather conditions and/or road closures.

What’s Included:

  • A professional, licensed and medically trained guide
  • All necessary gear: day pack, tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, trekking poles
  • All kayaking gear: kayaks, paddles, PFDs, dry bags
  • One night lodging (double occupancy) on Day 3
  • All cooking/eating gear: bowls, cups, utensils (your guide will prepare all meals)
  • All meals from a light breakfast on Day 1 through lunch on the last day + trail snacks
  • Roundtrip transportation from your hotel in Flagstaff, AZ to Hualapai Hilltop
  • Entrance fees and camping permits

What’s Not Included:

  • Transportation to/from Flagstaff, AZ
  • Lodging the night before/after the trip
  • Clothing, raingear, and footwear
  • Personal toiletries, sunscreen
  • Water bottles/hydration bladder
  • Headlamp or flashlight
  • Guide gratuity (suggested 10-15% of trip cost)

*Upon booking you will receive a detailed trip information packet

How many people are in the group?

Most Havasu Falls hiking tours will accommodate 6 people plus one guide. On occasion, a group may be as large as 12 people plus 2 guides.

Are there age restrictions?

Children under the age of 13 are generally not permitted on regularly scheduled tours. This restriction is negotiable on private tours. Please contact us with any questions regarding this policy.

How do I sign up?

In order to confirm a reservation, we require an initial deposit of $250 per person, with the final balance due 90 days prior to the trip’s departure. If you book a trip within 90 days of the trip’s scheduled departure, then full payment is due at the time of booking.

Your deposit is payable over the phone by Visa, MasterCard, AmEx, or Discover. Checks by mail are fine as well, as are bank transfers ($35 transfer fee). Call our office Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm Arizona time. 1-877-272-5032

Where does the trip begin/end?

This trip will begin/end in Flagstaff, AZ and you will need to spend the night prior to your trip’s scheduled departure in Flagstaff. You will want to fly into either Phoenix (2 hour drive) or Flagstaff. Please visit our Travel Resources page for information on airports, shuttles/rental cars and recommended hotels.

Where do meet our guides?

We will hold a pre-trip orientation at 4:30pm the evening prior to your trip’s departure at the Four Season Outfitters shop in Flagstaff. Departure times and logistics for the following morning will be discussed at the orientation.

Departure times and logistics for the following morning will be discussed at the orientation. Most trips will depart between 4:30am and 6am. *This meeting is not mandatory, but highly recommended, as we will depart early the next morning. If you are unable to attend, please let us know in advance so that we can make alternate arrangements.

What do we do with our car and extra stuff?

We will provide all transportation to/from trailheads for the duration of the trip. We will pick you up at your hotel in Flagstaff and return you there at the trip’s conclusion. Guests staying at the Embassy Suites (recommended) or Hampton Inn & Suites can leave their cars at the hotel. These hotels will often store your luggage for you, as well. If not, we are happy to store extra luggage at our shop for the duration of the trip. If you are staying at a different hotel, you will need to check with them as to whether you can leave your car there.

What time will we get back on the last day?

Expect to be back in Flagstaff by 5pm at the latest on the last day of the trip. Many trips will return earlier but we cannot make any guarantees. In general, it is recommended that you do not plan to fly home on the same day your trip finishes. Since each trip has slightly different logistics, feel free to contact us with specific questions related to the expected return time for your trip.

2017 Dates

March: 19-23, 26-30

April: 2-6, 9-13, 16-20, 23-27, 30-May 4

May: 7-11, 14-18, 21-25

September: 10-14, 17-21, 24-28

October: 1-5, 8-12, 15-19, 22-26, 29-Nov 2

November: 5-9, 12-16

More dates to come soon…

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Call 1-877-272-5032 or email us for details.