Havasu Falls - Grand Canyon!!!

May 4 - 9, 2017

I'm soooo excited to announce our first Live Now Adventures trip - to Havasu Falls in the Grand Canyon!  If you've never seen this area, prepare to amazed - it's the crown jewel of the Grand Canyon.  All the deets are below. If you have any questions reach out to our awesome organizer - Arizona Outback Adventures (480-945-2881 - option 4 for the Multi-day Tour Department) and say you're with the May 4 group. See you in the Canyon!


Day 1 - Arrive in Phoenix & Travel to Grand Canyon Caverns Inn

Arrive in Phoenix by 12:00 pm, then make your way to the Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites in Old Town Scottsdale. The adventure begins at 1:30 pm when you meet your fellow Live Now Adventurers and guides in the lobby.  Today we will head north through the Sonoran Desert and into the high elevation plateaus and red rock canyons of north-central Arizona. As we gain elevation, we will travel across the Colorado Plateau to the Grand Canyon Caverns Inn. Here we will enjoy dinner as your guides brief you on the following morning’s activities and provide an overview of your guided hiking trip in Havasupai.

  • Hiking: None
  • Driving: Approximately 4-5 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast on your own, lunch and dinner included
  • Lodging: Grand Canyon Caverns Inn

Day 2 - Descend Into the Grand Canyon and Havasupai

After an early breakfast, we will drive the short distance to the trailhead, which is perched on the edge of the canyon. It is called Hualapai Hilltop (pronounced “Walapai”) and is the only land travel access to Havasupai. Starting at an elevation of 5,200 feet, the trail to Havasupai switchbacks down for 1.5 miles until it reaches a dry streambed and levels out. After a trailside lunch, the canyon walls seem to grow taller alongside the trail as you descend deeper into the labyrinthine red sandstone of Hualapai Canyon. At mile 8 in our hike the canyon begins to widen and vegetation abounds as you enter the village of Supai, the most remote village in the U.S., where even the mail still arrives by pack animal. Here at 3,200 feet, after a welcome rest stop, the Cottonwood-lined paths will lead you through the village and into the canyon’s backcountry. We experience multiple waterfalls along the way, culminating in our first glimpse of the famous and awe-inspiring 100-foot Havasu Falls. Just minutes from the falls we enter the AOA Basecamp at 2,800 feet (853 m). Estimated arrival time is between 1:00pm – 3:00pm. Your guides will help you set up your tent before they begin preparing dinner while you unpack and settle in. Tonight we sleep under the stars deep in the Grand Canyon.

  • Driving: Approximately 1 to 1.5 hours
  • Hiking: 10 miles
  • Meals: All meals included (breakfast at Grand Canyon Caverns, lunch on the trail, dinner in camp)
  • Lodging: AOA Havasupai Basecamp

Days 3 & 4: Adventure & Relaxation in "The Gem of the Grand Canyon"

We awaken each morning in the AOA Basecamp, nestled along the banks of Havasu Creek, beneath towering cottonwood trees and a short walk from enormous waterfalls. Fresh-brewed coffee and a hearty breakfast await. Each day your guides will lead you on some of the most spectacular hikes in the world. We’ll cross tropical blue streams and wade through lush meadows of wild grapevines, clamber up narrow side canyons, and even take a swim beside a 200-foot (61 m) waterfall. Each day we dine on healthy, delicious meals prepared by the guide(s). All hikes are optional. Anyone is welcome to forego an expedition to spend the day lounging by the creek, reading a book, or napping in a hammock. It’s your vacation so make of it what you wish. We have options from high adventure to peaceful relaxation.

  • Hiking: 3-8 miles per day (optional)
  • Meals: All meals included and prepared in camp
  • Lodging: AOA Havasupai Basecamp

Day 5: Conquer the Canyon and Ascend From Paradise

The scenery and magic of the canyon will make you never want to leave, but after breakfast it is time to conquer the canyon! While hiking out is always challenging, the reward and exhilaration felt upon reaching the rim is a feeling you’ll never forget. Expected arrival time at the canyon rim is between 1:00pm – 3:00pm. On our way home we will stop in the kitschy town of Seligman, Arizona on historic Route 66 to enjoy some much deserved treats. We return to the Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites between 6:00pm – 8:00pm.

  • Hiking: 10 miles (those who helicopter out will hike only 2 miles)
  • Driving: Approximately 5 to 6 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast in camp, lunch on the trail, dinner on your own
  • Lodging: One night at Holiday Inn Express in Old Town Scottsdale (not included in package)

Day 6: Enjoy Scottsdale Before Flying Home

Today is yours to enjoy. Check-out time at the hotel is 12:00pm (late check-out is possible based on availability – inquire at the front desk). Use the hotel’s airport shuttle to return to Phoenix Sky Harbor at least 2 hours before your flight. There are no guide services today and all meals are on your own.

Extra Deets

What's Included

  • Round-trip transportation from the Host Hotel
  • Professional Wilderness First Responder-certified guide(s), Days 1-5
  • Lodging on Nights 1 and 5 (double occupancy unless you choose to pay for a Solo Accommodations Upgrade – based on availability)
  • Havasupai Reservation entrance fees, environmental fees and overnight permit fees for Days 2 through 4
  • Fully equipped AOA Basecamp
  • 4-person tents (double occupancy unless upgraded), sleeping bags and pads
  • Roundtrip packhorse service for AOA camp gear and your personal gear (up to 15 pounds per person – duffel bag provided)
  • Meals, snacks, water from lunch on Day 1 through lunch on Day 5

Optional Add-Ons

  • NOTE - all add-ons are taxable
  • Solo Accommodations Upgrade (all nights hotel and tent) - $145
  • 30- to 40-liter daypack rental - $35
  • Trekking poles (set of two, collapsible) rental - free (upon request)
  • 100 oz. Camelbak Antidote water bladder/reservoir (purchase) - $35
  • Horseback ride into/out of canyon - $135 per person, one way (horses do not travel with hikers; experience required)
  • Helicopter ride into or out of the canyon - $85 per person, one way (NOTE - helicopter availability is subject to change without notice)

What's Not Included

  • Airfare to and from Phoenix/Scottsdale
  • Meals, transfers, or lodging outside of stated itinerary
  • Personal insurance and expenses
  • Optional AOA guide gratuities

That's it...an ah-mazing package for an incredible adventure. If you have any questions reach out to our awesome organizer - Arizona Outback Adventures (480-945-2881 - option 4 for the Multi-day Tour Department and say you're with the May 4 Havasu group). See you in the Canyon!