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Beginning of a trip to Southwest: Havasupai – Part I

On July 2015, we had a trip to American Southwest. We drove through a historic route 66, hiked to the remote village of Havasupai tribe, walked along the rim of the majestic Grand Canyon, visited a spectacular Canyon in Navajo land, and waded  through the river of the Narrows of Zion.

The part one of this series follows our journey to Supai, a remote village of Havasupai people and the capital of Havasupai Indian Reservation. The main destination for this visit is Havasu Falls, one of the most beautiful waterfall in the US. However, we also got an extra exaggerate view at the end.

Trip Detail

From: Las Vegas Airport
To: Havasupai Hilltop
Driving distance: 265 miles (426 km)
Hiking distance: 11.4 miles (18.3 km)
Trip members: Ting and Putt

Day 1

Our ramen at Monta Ramen
Our lunch at Monta Ramen

We began our trip from Las Vegas. Our flight arrived LAS in the afternoon, so our plan today was to drive to Supai Motel in Seligman, AZ for an overnight stop and get an early start for our hike to Supai on the next day.

After a 4-hour flight from Chicago with only some snacks on the plane, we were really hungry. As Napoleon once said "An army marches on its stomach", we need to fill ourselves before leaving the sin city . Luckily, we found a nice ramen place named Monta Ramen. I really loves their ramen as we revisited this place again on our last day of the trip.

The rest of this day was just driving to our hotel. There was nothing to mentioned along the route. After arriving the hotel, we prepared our backpack for tomorrow hike and called it a day.

Day 2

We left the hotel early in the morning and drove to Havasupai Campground Parking Lot - "Hill Top".The drive from the motel to the parking lot is approximately 2 hours on historic road, Route 66. There was nothing much along the way of this small two lanes road except the historical feel of the American western. Listening to the song, Take Me Home, Country Road, will add up the experience of driving along this road 😉

Mules on Havasupai Trail

This parking lot is the closest point to Supai, which is still accessible by car. Supai is about 8 miles (13km) away from the parking lot. It is considered to be the most remote community in the lower 48 by USDA. The village itself can only be accessed on foot, by helicopter, or by mule. We decided to go there on our feet. Entering the village requires a permit, which will come with your campground or hotel reservation (See.

The trail to Havasupai Village itself was not too bad. It was mostly going down hill. The trail was quite challenging due to the heat and the stuffs we needed to carry. For those who stay at Campground, you will have an additional 2 miles (3.2 km) to go. We stayed at Supai Lodge, so we didn’t have to push for those extra miles as yet.

We left the parking lot at 9:00 AM and arrived at the lodge around 3:00 PM. Some people started earlier than us, like 4:00 or 5:00AM and arrived at 8:00AM just to avoid the heat. The heat was really rough. We had to stop quite often, even though we were walking down hill. We only brought in 1.5 liters of water for each of us. It wasn’t enough, totally!! Along the way, we encountered with some people walking out to the parking lot, which is definitely more difficult as it is walking uphill. Each of them carried a gallon of water (3 liters). Sunscreen is a must here. Putt got sunburn on his ears. Don’t forget to apply the sunscreen to every part of your body that exposes to the sun!! After 6 hours of walking, we arrived at the lodge and checked-in for our 2 nights stay. For those who stay at the campground, you need to register at the visitor center in the center of the village.

Havasupai Trail
Havasupai Trail

We brought in some food like trail mix, crackers, and ready-to-eat meals as we weren’t sure what to expect there. That added an extra weight for us. Though, we didn’t have to carry all the camping equipment, which also removed some burden. In fact, there is NO NEED to bring in any food. There is a cafeteria and small grocery stores in the village. The store in the central of the village has water and grab ‘n go food like sandwiches that you can buy in the morning before going on trails. They also have camping foods. The food is a bit overpriced but acceptable since bringing those food in can be really costly.

After a short rest in our room, we continue our hike to Havasupai Fall. The distance from the lodge is 1.7 miles (2.8 km). There are a few small hills along the way. Here are some nice photos from the fall at sunset. The weather was not with us on the day, so we couldn’t get the twilight sky as the background of the fall. However, the pictures we got were not that bad at all 🙂

Havasupai Falls
Havasupai Falls
Havasupai Falls at Sunset
Havasupai Falls at Sunset

This was quite a good wrap-up for our first day at Supai.

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