Getting the highly coveted permit for Havasupai was no easy feat. I remember setting an alarm for February 1st and trying to get into the website at work, my heart racing and my coworker helping me get into it on one of the computers. I picked the dates that I wanted in September and — confirmed. It was done.
We got to the parking lot the night before and slept in the car. This is so that we would wake up before dawn and hike down 10 miles into the canyon.
We actually woke up a little later than I intended to, and the hike was grueling because the sun started coming out. Highly recommend waking up earlier!
We packed all the food we needed to survive down there for 4 days/3 nights. Also went to the village to eat at the cafeteria.
There was also a stand a few miles outside that had cold drinks — bring cash!
I ran into this group of girls on a retreat and they invited me to their yoga class — of course I joined! They were so nice and even gave me a yoga towel.
Other than that, we just did hikes everyday and watched the stars at night.
I’m afraid of heights so this part was scary — it was vertical and slippery from the water from the nearby falls.
Water hiking shoes were so helpful.
We took the helicopter out and it was an amazing short ride. I couldn’t hike the 10 miles back out because my ankle was in pain. So we hiked 2 miles to the village where we could pay for a heli ride.
Be respectful of the locals, carry out everything you bring in, leave no trace behind!