Grand Canyon Havasu Falls Hiking

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Dates: Mar-Oct - see all dates

Total Days: 7

Activity Level: 3

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Price:

2014

REI member: $2,599

Non-member: $2,850

2015

REI member: $2,699

Non-member: $2,969

Additional Fees

2014

Single supplement: $210

Additional Fees

2015

Single supplement: $299

Trip Dates:

2014

  • Apr 19–25 Sold out
  • May 3–9
  • May 24–30
  • May 31 – Jun 6
  • Jun 7–13
  • Jun 14–20
  • Jul 5–11
  • Sep 13–19
  • Sep 27 – Oct 3
  • Oct 11–17
  • Oct 18–24

2015

  • Mar 28 – Apr 3
  • May 2–8
  • May 23–29
  • May 30 – Jun 5
  • Jun 13–19
  • Jul 4–10
  • Sep 12–18
  • Sep 26 – Oct 2
  • Oct 10–16
  • Oct 17–23

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Group Size: 4-12

Activity Level: 3

Activities:

  • Hiking

Accommodations:

Hotel, 1 night; Inn, 1 night; Base camp, 4 nights

Trip Highlights

  • Explore a remote and beautiful section of the Grand Canyon, Havasupai
  • Spend each day discovering hidden trails and canyons on foot
  • Relax in the turquoise pools and crystal blue streams of this magical oasis
  • Stay in roomy tents with comfortable gear, packed in by horses

The Grand Canyon certainly knows how to make a good first impression. Approaching the rim from the surrounding plateau, the landscape gives no hint of the nearby wonder that awaits. Fantastically colored in striated bands of red, orange, and gold, a chasm of epic proportions unfolds before us. While first impressions can be deceiving, this one is not. As our week-long hiking exploration takes us into Havasupai, a magical oasis in a remote section of the park, our sense of grandeur and awe never fades.

On our descent from the South Rim to a private base camp below, we'll pass through the Havasupai Indian reservation and swim beneath the brilliant blue-green waterfalls that add an unusual color to an already remarkable desert palette. Once in camp, the days are ours to enjoy more exhilarating hikes led by our guides, swim in the cascade-fed pools nearby, or just relax in a hammock in the cool shade of a cottonwood tree. Packhorses carry the bulk of our gear; roomy tents equipped with thick sleeping pads ensure a comfortable night's slumber.

Traveling with kids under 18? Check out our Grand Canyon – Havasu Falls Family Adventure.

Itinerary Summary

  • Day 1 - Welcome to Arizona where our Havasu Falls hiking adventure begins!
  • Day 2  - Traverse the Sonoran desert to Sedona for a warm up hike.
  • Day 3  - Descend on the trail to our private campsite among the cottonwoods.
  • Days 4-6 - Explore the blue streams and emerald pools of Havasupai by foot.
  • Day 7 - Hike to the rim of the canyon and return to Phoenix.

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Trip Itinerary and Details

Important Notice: Day 1 is the day you should plan to arrive at the meeting point for the trip. This may require departing your hometown one or more days in advance and traveling on an overnight flight.

  • Day 1 - Welcome to Arizona where our Havasu Falls hiking adventure begins!

    Our trip begins today in Phoenix, Arizona. Arrive into Phoenix by 5 p.m. and transfer independently to our hotel in nearby Paradise Valley. The initial group rendezvous and orientation will take place at 6 p.m. in the lobby of our hotel. We then transfer to the REI Paradise Valley store for our pre-trip orientation where our guides will give us a rundown of the trip itinerary, gear check, and packing tips. This is also a good opportunity to pick up some last minute items, even if it is just camera batteries or soap! We will enjoy dinner and drinks at the store while we get to know each other in eager anticipation of our adventure. Overnight in Paradise Valley. All meals included from dinner on Day 1 to lunch on Day 7.

  • Day 2  - Traverse the Sonoran desert to Sedona for a warm up hike.

    We get an early start today and drive north through the Sonoran Desert and onto the high plateaus and red canyons of central Arizona.  As we gain elevation, our guides recap the natural history of the four distinct biomes we pass through. Late this morning, we arrive in Sedona and begin our first hike along Oak Creek and across a spectacular ridgeline with 360-degree panoramas of the entire Sedona area and the Verde River Valley.  After a creekside picnic lunch, we continue north through beautiful Oak Creek Canyon, home to lush riparian vegetation and towering red-rock walls, and considered one of the most scenic drives in the U.S. Our destination today is the comfortable Grand Canyon Caverns Inn, located on historic Route 66. A relaxing sunset dinner on the inn’s patio is planned for this evening. 

    Hiking: 2-5 miles; Terrain: flat.

  • Day 3  - Descend on the trail to our private campsite among the cottonwoods.

    After breakfast, we drive the short distance to the Grand Canyon rim and the Hualapai (pronounced "Walapai") Hilltop trailhead. The Hualapai trail provides the only overland access to the wonders of Havasupai below. Before beginning our hike down, we'll load most of our personal gear and supplies onto waiting packhorses, allowing us to walk to our basecamp unencumbered. Starting at 5,400', we descend through a series of switchbacks until we reach a dry streambed where the route levels out. After a trailside lunch, the canyon walls seem to grow around us as we hike deeper into the labyrinth of rich red sandstone. At mile eight, the canyon widens once again and the vegetation becomes more lush. We enter the village of Supai, the most remote village in the U.S. (with mail still arriving by packhorse), and enjoy a welcome rest stop. An easy two-mile hike from the village takes us past the new "50 foot" Falls, Slide Falls and 100' Havasu Falls and from here you will find our private base camp, nestled along a stream beneath cottonwood trees and towering red rock walls. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure to play in the waterfalls and / or relax in camp while the guides prepare dinner. An outdoor kitchen with nearby picnic tables makes mealtimes relaxing, social affairs. We sleep for the next four nights in comfortable two-person tents supplied with deluxe sleeping pads. Camp elevation is 3,200'.

    Hiking: 10 miles; Terrain: gradual downhill on dirt trail.

  • Days 4-6 - Explore the blue streams and emerald pools of Havasupai by foot.

    Awaken to the smell of fresh-brewed coffee and a tasty breakfast being prepared in the camp kitchen. After a relaxing morning, our guides lead us on spectacular hikes and each day finds us in a new, little-known part of the Grand Canyon. We cross blue streams, wade through lush meadows of wild grapevines and swim in pools formed by 200’ waterfalls.  We may clamber up narrow side canyons with walls towering thousands of feet overhead. In the afternoons, search for fossils in the narrow slots of Carbonate Canyon, play on the rope swing or hike on a game trail known only to our guides and the Havasupai Indians. All hikes are optional; trip members may also choose to relax in the camp hammocks or swim in the nearby creek. In the evenings, we gather for dinner in our outdoor dining room and big appetites are satisfied with healthy, hearty camp meals. 

    Hiking: 2-8 miles. 

  • Day 7 - Hike to the rim of the canyon and return to Phoenix.

    Hike to the rim of the canyon and return to Phoenix. We're reluctant to leave the tranquility and dramatic scenery of Havasupai behind, but after breakfast it's time to begin our ascent back to the canyon rim and our waiting van. The trail is long, but the exhilaration of completing the hike and reaching the top is an amazing feeling that will always be remembered. An optional helicopter flight or horseback ride out of the canyon can also be arranged (for an additional fee - see below) for those choosing to end the week on a less vigorous note. We do our best to coordinate helicopter departures and horseback ascents so they are timed to arrive back at the canyon rim at approximately the same time as our group hikers. Back in the van, we'll set out for Phoenix with a stop for lunch along the way. We plan to arrive back in Phoenix between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. this evening. Please do not schedule a departing flight prior to 9 p.m. Transfer to the Phoenix airport on your own.

    Hiking: 10 miles; Terrain: gradual uphill. Transfer to the Phoenix airport on your own.

Note on Itinerary

Although we do our best to adhere to the schedule listed above, this itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control.

Air Travel

Please check with us before purchasing your airline tickets to ensure your trip has the necessary minimum number of participants required to operate.

Price Includes

Two nights in hotels (double occupancy), 4 nights camping in Grand Canyon base camp (double occupancy); guide leadership; van transportation from Phoenix to the Grand Canyon and return; meals as noted in the daily itinerary; packhorses to carry personal gear to/from Havasu basecamp (trip members carry only daypacks); beverages including coffee, hot tea and hot chocolate; extra-thick sleeping pads; all group camping equipment; park fees, camping fees and local taxes.

Not Included

Flights to/from Phoenix, AZ; airport transfers; optional horseback or helicopter rides to/from the canyon rim; alcoholic beverages; sleeping bag; guides gratuities.

Qualifications

This trip is rated Moderate [3]. Trip members should have some previous hiking experience and be in good physical condition. We recommend a conditioning regimen beginning at least 2-3 months prior to departure that includes hiking (preferably), walking or some other form of cardiovascular exercise (swimming, cycling) in order to prepare for the activity in this adventure. There are some steep sections and exposed overlooks on the various trails we hike. One section has fixed chains bolted into the nearby sandstone for support and passes through two short tunnels carved out of rock. All hikes are optional and our guides will be sure to brief trip members on the vigorousness and exposure of each hike prior to setting out. Trip members are requested to assist with camp chores such as washing dishes and setting up tents. Our comfortable base camp and knowledgeable guides make this a perfect adventure for both novice campers and family groups (minimum age requirement is 14).

Weather

Grand Canyon weather is typically sunny and dry, making it an ideal location for hiking and camping. At the canyon rim, temperatures generally hover in the 60-75°F range. At our base camp, temperatures range from the 50s to mid-70s in April, and from the high 60s to low 80s in May and June. July and early September temperatures can rise into the high 80s and low 90s with late September and October temperatures cooling off by 10-15 degrees. Although multi-day rainstorms are unusual, they can occur, making adequate raingear and some warmer clothing a necessity for this trip. The stream next to our base camp is spring fed, creating a constant water temperature of 72 degrees…always perfect for swimming!

About Havasu

Havasu Canyon is one of over 600 side canyons forming the 280-mile long Grand Canyon. While over 5 million people per year visit Grand Canyon Village on the South Rim, far fewer venture to remote Havasupai. Home to towering waterfalls, tropical blue-green pools, and lovely cottonwood trees, this oasis is often referred to as the "gem" of the Grand Canyon.

Single Travelers

If you are traveling alone and specifically request single accommodations, you will be asked to pay the single supplement fee. There is no single supplement fee for those willing to share accommodations, and we will assign you a roommate of the same gender if possible. Please be advised that there are a limited number of single accommodations available.

General Information

This trip is subject to the booking information set forth in the current REI Adventures Reservation Information. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A full gear list and pre-departure information is sent upon sign-up. We highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance through REI Adventures. If coverage is purchased at the time of your initial reservation, the 'Pre-existing Conditions Exclusion' is waived (certain exclusions apply).

We look forward to having you join us for the trip of a lifetime! Why wait? Space is limited, reserve your adventure today.

Grand Canyon Havasu Falls Hiking Gear List

The key to staying comfortable while on an active trip is layering. To get maximum comfort with minimum weight, you need versatile layers that mix and match to create the right amount of insulation, ventilation and weather protection. Try to bring only what is necessary—this will help you and the field staff.

Weather

Grand Canyon weather is typically sunny and dry, making it an ideal location for hiking and camping. At the canyon rim, temperatures generally hover in the 60-75°F range. At our base camp, temperatures range from the 50s to mid-70s in April, and from the high 60s to low 80s in May and June. July and early September temperatures can rise into the high 80s and low 90s with late September and October temperatures cooling off by 10-15 degrees. Although multi-day rainstorms are unusual, they can occur, making adequate raingear and some warmer clothing a necessity for this trip. The stream next to our base camp is spring fed, creating a constant water temperature of 72 degrees.

Luggage restriction

There is a maximum weight limit of approx. 15 pounds per person for luggage being transported to our camp by packhorses.  Remaining gear can be left locked in our van at the trailhead or at the hotel in Scottsdale.

Gear Checklist

Provided Gear
  • Tents
  • Deluxe sleeping pad
  • Cooking and eating utensils
  • Trip leader first-aid kit
  • Stoves and fuel
Official Papers
  • Photo identification
  • Airline tickets
Luggage
  • Soft-sided duffel bag(s), sturdy, medium-sized; the packhorses carry this to camp
  • Daypack, 2000-2500 cu. in., to carry camera, water bottles, lunch, rain gear
  • Luggage tags and luggage locks
Camping Gear
  • Sleeping bag rated to 30-35° F, lightweight, compressible down or synthetic material is best (available to rent for fee).
Outerwear
  • Rain jacket, lightweight, waterproof and breathable
  • Rain pants, waterproof and breathable
Clothing
  • Midweight fleece or wool sweater (not required late June – early September)
  • Lightweight or midweight thermal underwear top and bottom, synthetic or wool
  • Hiking pants
  • Hiking shorts
  • Long-sleeve shirts
  • T-shirts
  • Underwear
  • Hiking socks
  • Liner socks
  • Swimsuit
Clothing Accessories
  • Sun hat
  • Wool or fleece hat (for Apr, Oct and New Years trips)
  • Wool or fleece gloves, lightweight (for Apr and Oct trips)
Footwear
  • Sturdy hiking boots, midweight, broken-in, aggressive tread
  • Camp shoes such as tennis shoes or sandals
  • Water footwear (see "Things to consider")
Travel Accessories
  • Two (2) one-quart water bottles or hydration system
  • Flashlight or headlamp and spare batteries/bulb
  • Biodegradable soap and shampoo
  • Baby-wipes
  • Toilet paper
  • Sunglasses and retainer strap
  • Sunblock and lip balm
  • Toiletry kit
  • Towel
  • Personal first-aid kit, small
  • Insect repellent
  • Several Ziploc plastic bags for wet clothes and trash
Optional Field Gear
  • Camera, film/memory card(s), spare batteries
  • Small binoculars
  • Watch with alarm or travel clock
  • Motion sickness remedies
  • Leave-in hair conditioner
  • Spare contact lenses or glasses
  • Games and toys, frisbees, cards, etc.
  • Reading and writing materials
  • Hiking staff or trekking poles
  • Collapsible water pail (for washing clothes)
  • Waterproof disposable camera
  • Ear plugs
  • Camp pillow
  • Sleep sheet (to put over provided sleeping pad)

Things to Consider

  • Please remember to always pack essential items such as your passport, money, eyewear, a change of clothing (including hiking boots) and medications in your carry-on baggage, in case your luggage is delayed. Pack your camera and film in your carry-on, too.
  • You will not be permitted to swim without protective footwear. Thong sandals or Birkenstocks are not permitted as they have no heel strap. Sandals must be supportive and comfortable enough to wear while walking short distances. Old running shoes, reef walkers, water sandals, etc. work well.
  • Cotton is wonderful in warm weather. However, once it becomes wet, it will drain your body heat. Bring wool or synthetics such as Capilene®, MTS® and Thermax®.
  • Always test your layers before a trip. Your outer layer should fit easily over the inside ones without binding and bunching up.
    Make sure hiking boots are broken-in. Bring blister treatment in your personal first-aid kit. Thin liner socks worn under regular hiking socks may minimize the risk of blisters. The liner sock should be synthetic, not cotton. Test your sock combination before you go on the trip.
  • Stuff sacks are great for sorting gear. Use different sizes/colors to differentiate contents.
  • Snacks: Plenty of food and snacks will be available at all times during the trip. Should you bring your own snacks or powdered drinks, store them in the lock boxes in the kitchen area with the other food items. Never leave food in the tents or in your backpack unattended. Animals will chew right through the pack or tent, to get to the food.

Feel free to give us a call at (800) 622-2236 should you have any questions regarding the gear list. The staff at our stores and Direct Sales (800-426-4840) will also be happy to help you with gear questions. Or check out www.rei.com/learn. The Expert Advice section on our "Learn" page has great information to help you prepare for your trip.

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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REI AdventuresGrand Canyon Havasu Falls Hiking
 
4.9

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100%

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Pros

  • Activity level (13)
  • Food (12)
  • Group camaraderie (12)
  • Guides (12)
  • Well organized itinerary (12)

Cons

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        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Casual adventurer (6), Avid adventurer (4), Casual/ recreational (3)
        • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
        • All the details planned for me (11), Active adventures (10), Destination (10), I liked the itinerary (8), Travel with like-minded outdoor enthusiasts (5)

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      5.0

      felt young again...

      By Momofash

      from toronto, ontario canada

      About Me Casual Adventurer

      Pros

      • Accommodations
      • Activity Level
      • Exceeded Expectations
      • Food
      • Group Camaraderie
      • Guides
      • Well Organized Itinerary

      Cons

      • Tent Zippers
      • Too Dark To The Outhouse

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        Comments about REI Adventures Grand Canyon Havasu Falls Hiking:

        Such a great time with great people. The guides were both young and older and how perfect was that? Being with my daughter, Brian totally related to her adventurous nature while giving me heart palpations while they climbed to heights I couldn't watch followed by jumping into falls that made my head spin.
        Bring a good flashlight if you have a need to use the outhouse because it was VERY DARK on a cloudy night. The outhouse was a pleasant surprise!

        • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
        • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Destination, Good Value, Mom And Daughter Adventur, Mom Daughter Adventure
        • Why did you choose this trip?:
        • What a great way to have mother/daughter time. Celebrating a special birthday and sharing a tent with my young adult YIKES!
        • What was the highlight of your trip?:
        • I can't really say one adventure was better than another! Every swim, every hike lead to a new challenge. The beauty surrounded me at any moment. The slot canyon was very memorable just to name one.
        • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
        • Great water shoes are a must for enjoyment. A second pair of flip flops made a huge difference at the ease of getting in and out of the tent keeping sand on the outside
         
        5.0

        Amazing Adventure w loads of Spashy Fun

        By NJ Jules

        from Somerset, NJ

        About Me Avid Adventurer, World Traveller

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        Pros

        • Accommodations
        • Activity Level
        • Exceeded Expectations
        • Food
        • Group Camaraderie
        • Guides
        • Once in a Lifetime Experience
        • Quality Equipment Provided
        • Well Organized Itinerary

        Cons

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            Comments about REI Adventures Grand Canyon Havasu Falls Hiking:

            The guides were knowledgeable and fun, the food was super yummy and the scenery was out of this world. I loved hiking in the river to find hidden places. The hike down to Beaver Falls was unforgettable and the group felt like family.

            • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
            • Active Adventures, I Liked the Itinerary, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
            • Why did you choose this trip?:
            • Havasu Falls has been on the list for awhile.
            • What was the highlight of your trip?:
            • There are so many beautiful sights on this trip. I loved jumping off Beaver Falls to take a swim and it was super cool to actually find a fossil in Carbonate Canyon
            • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
            • You'll spend a lot of time in the water. Bring loads of sunblock and great water shoes like Keens or Chacos
             
            5.0

            Fanstastic Time

            By old gal

            from Texas

            About Me Casual Adventurer

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            Pros

            • Activity Level
            • Exceeded Expectations
            • Food
            • Guides
            • Well Organized Itinerary

            Cons

            • Accommodations

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              Comments about REI Adventures Grand Canyon Havasu Falls Hiking:

              The guides were awesome! Not only were they helpful but they both were a lot of fun simply to get to know.

              • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
              • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me
              • Why did you choose this trip?:
              • I had always wanted to hike in the Grand Canyon and thought this had added attractions of the waterfalls and less crowds
              • What was the highlight of your trip?:
              • Descending and ascending Mooney Falls was a definite thrill. We also enjoyed climbing under the New Navajo Falls.
              • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
              • Know that you are going to be in and out of the water and take appropiate shoes. Worrying about changing shoes just dampens the fun of creek crossings.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Fabulous Bucket List Opportunity!

              By Tawny

              from Richmond, VA

              About Me Casual Adventurer

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              Pros

              • Accommodations
              • Activity Level
              • Exceeded Expectations
              • Food
              • Fun
              • Gorgeous Scenery
              • Group Camaraderie
              • Guides
              • Once in a Lifetime Experience
              • Quality Equipment Provided
              • Well Organized Itinerary

              Cons

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                  Comments about REI Adventures Grand Canyon Havasu Falls Hiking:

                  I can't say enough about the PATIENCE and professionalism of the guides. They juggled everyone's wants, needs, and quirks without batting an eye! Additionally, they were FUN and taught us a great deal about the canyon and Havasupai. We jumped through waterfalls, hiked in Sedona, feasted on steak and salmon, and scrambled rocks. We met fascinating new people, challenged our bodies, and perhaps learned a little more about ourselves in the process. It may sound trite, but this trip is truly a vacation you'll cherish for a lifetime.

                  • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                  • All the Details Planned for Me, Destination, I Liked the Itinerary, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                  • Why did you choose this trip?:
                  • Hiking in and out of the Grand Canyon was on my bucket list. The Havasu Falls adventure allowed me to enjoy the beauty and fun of water while avoiding commercialized tourism.
                  • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                  • Do I have to pick just one!? I'll narrow it down to the top 3: #1 = hiking to the bottom of Beaver Falls - the view and sound are simply breathtaking. #2 = the professionalism, enthusiasm, and patience of the guides. #3 = skipping rocks and relaxing in the creek at base camp (silly and unbelievably fun!).
                  • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                  • *Trust in the guides and REI! They MAKE this trip. *This is an outdoor adventure! If you are the type of person that has an aversion to wildlife/dirt/rocks/challenging hiking, this is likely not the trip for you. If, however, you can deal with 5-star camping (portable showers, tents, sleeping pads, fabulous meals prepared for you) this will be the most fun camping and hiking trip you have ever taken! *Final word of advice: be sure you LOVE your water shoes. This trip is phenomenal because the guides show you every magnificent waterfall in the area . . . poorly fitting water shoes will more your focus to your toes instead of the scenery!

                  (0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  No Regrets

                  By TJN

                  from San Rafael, CA

                  About Me Avid Adventurer

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                  Pros

                  • Accommodations
                  • Activity Level
                  • Food
                  • Group Camaraderie
                  • Once in a Lifetime Experience

                  Cons

                  • Fell Short of Expectations
                  • Guides
                  • Poorly Organized Itinerary

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                    Comments about REI Adventures Grand Canyon Havasu Falls Hiking:

                    No regrets seeing this beautiful oasis in the desert! What a fabulous landscape.
                    Great: food, campsite, surroundings, group.
                    Not so great: One of the guides was less than helpful. He left a heat stroked woman in our group in the village on our way down to the campsite! If anyone in your group opts to fly the helicopter out, be prepared to wait at the rim for 4+ hours for the flyers to get out, and possibly in 100+ degree weather with no shade or cold water. Be prepared to scale down a 200 foot vertical wall with no warning and little-no help from the guides! If you are afraid of heights you will have no warning from the guides on what to expect on your day hikes. The tents are VERY HOT, even at night, with little ventilation.

                    • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                    • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Destination
                    • Why did you choose this trip?:
                    • The destination! And REI trips rock.
                    • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                    • You only need one pair of pants/shorts and a couple of shirts when down in the canyon (really!). You don't need 2/3 of the stuff on the gear list. Leave a clean, dust free pair of clothes at the hotel in Scottsdale, you'll be glad you did after being dirty and covered in dust for 4 days. Make sure your water shoes are broken in and comfortable, as you'll be in and out of the water the entire time. Bring lots of allergy/sudafed products, even if you don't get allergies. Between the cottonwood trees and the dust you are bound to have some allergy symptoms. If you've never seen the Grand Canyon, go a couple of days early to get the expansive views from the S. rim, as this trip will not provide you with views of the main canyon.

                    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Absolutely great trip

                    By Isle Royal Hiker

                    from Milwaukee,WI

                    About Me Casual Adventurer

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                    Pros

                    • Activity Level
                    • Food
                    • Group Camaraderie
                    • Guides
                    • Well Organized Itinerary

                    Cons

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                        Comments about REI Adventures Grand Canyon Havasu Falls Hiking:

                        I cannot say enough about the quality and leadership of the guides. They were knowledgeable, easy going, and when necessary they provide critical leadership that kept the group together. The day hikes seemed to be well planned and balanced with the rest necessary to making each hike a good one.

                        • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                        • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Destination
                        • Why did you choose this trip?:
                        • I wanted to hike, and I liked the location. I wanted the challenge of hiking in and out of the Havasupai canyon.
                        • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                        • The group, the guides, the falls, and swimming in the water to cool off.

                        (9 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Awesome trip

                        By hike_PA

                        from Philadelphia, PA

                        About Me Avid Adventurer

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                        Pros

                        • Activity Level
                        • Exceeded Expectations
                        • Food
                        • Group Camaraderie
                        • Guides
                        • Once in a Lifetime Experience
                        • Quality Equipment Provided
                        • Well Organized Itinerary

                        Cons

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                            Comments about REI Adventures Grand Canyon Havasu Falls Hiking:

                            Havasu Falls is a truly beautiful place and it is so in the middle of nowhere, I didn't think I'd ever see it. Having mules to haul your backpack 12 miles in/out, a tent pre-positioned, all the food hauled in for you and unlimited clean water in the canyon is the perfect combo. REI really pulls off a hat trick here. Nowhere else could you see such a spectacular backcountry merely by showing up. You stroll in (all downhill), spend a few days exploring side canyons, and then stroll out (uphill but very gradual since it is spread out over several miles). The REI guides were great, the food was great (I'm still trying to figure out how they got cheesecake 40 miles from the nearest store) and the canyon was great. I can assure you, this will be an unforgettable trip.

                            • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                            • Active Adventures, Commitment to Sustainability, Destination, Good Value, I Liked the Itinerary
                            • Why did you choose this trip?:
                            • I was looking for a guided backpacking trip where someone else knows the terrain, the cool things to do and can provide food & water
                            • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                            • All of it. Havasu falls spectacular. Canyon also spectacular. REI guides were great.
                            • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                            • Make sure you do several warmup hikes in the weeks leading up to the trip. Warmups should be on uneven terrain with some scrambling, not just flat terrain. It is a rocky canyon you are preparing for, not a sidewalk stroll. You should be comfortable on some pretty steep scrambling terrain and be willing to peel off from the group and chill on your own if you can't handle the terrain. This is no place for overweight, out of shape tourists. This trip is an ideal spring/fall trip when the canyon is not quite so hot, but expect it to be hot anyway. You MUST have wide brim hat, suntan lotion, and water shoes as there are several knee deep creek crossings.

                            (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Kawabunga

                            By Bryan B

                            from Ft. Collins, CO

                            About Me Casual Adventurer

                            Pros

                            • Accommodations
                            • Activity Level
                            • Exceeded Expectations
                            • Food
                            • Group Camaraderie
                            • Guides
                            • Once in a Lifetime Experience
                            • Quality Equipment Provided
                            • Well Organized Itinerary

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about REI Adventures Grand Canyon Havasu Falls Hiking:

                                This was not a major issue for me, but I think some might have been disappointed that at this time of year the water temperature was as cold as it was. The trip literature led one to expect a water temperature of 72 degrees at the camp site and it was considerably cooler.

                                • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                                • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Commitment to Sustainability, Destination, I Liked the Itinerary
                                • Why did you choose this trip?:
                                • The destination.
                                • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                                • The guides really made a wonderful destination and itinerary PERFECT.
                                • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                                • Trust in REI.

                                (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Just right

                                By supersteve

                                from Albany, Or

                                About Me First-Time Adventurer

                                Site Member

                                Pros

                                • Activity Level
                                • Exceeded Expectations
                                • Group Camaraderie
                                • Guides
                                • Well Organized Itinerary

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about REI Adventures Grand Canyon Havasu Falls Hiking:

                                    The guides were great and cheerful, even when things got blown away by big winds. The other members of the group were great: Sense of humor, willingness to help and cheer, supportive attitude.

                                    Not so great: the week was over before I was ready

                                    • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                                    • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Destination, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                                    • Why did you choose this trip?:
                                    • I always wanted to hike in the Grand Canyon
                                    • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                                    • Jumping from behind a waterfall into a pool 8 feet below holding hands with a new friend!
                                    • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                                    • Get your feet in shape

                                    (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    Tropical Paradise in the Canyon

                                    By baristabob

                                    from Mooresville, NC

                                    About Me Casual Adventurer

                                    See all my reviews

                                    Site Member

                                    Pros

                                    • Accommodations
                                    • Activity Level
                                    • Exceeded Expectations
                                    • Food
                                    • Group Camaraderie
                                    • Guides
                                    • Quality Equipment Provided
                                    • Well Organized Itinerary

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about REI Adventures Grand Canyon Havasu Falls Hiking:

                                        Prepare for the hike before arriving if you do not do this kind of thing on a regular basis. The altitude will set you back if you are from the East Coast. Do the daily activities and you will see some remarkable sights. The food was excellent.

                                        • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                                        • All the Details Planned for Me, Destination, Good Value, I Liked the Itinerary
                                        • Why did you choose this trip?:
                                        • Seemed to cover all the things we wanted to see without having to plan a massive camping trip ourselves.
                                        • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                                        • Going into the Emerald Cave and seeing my wife climb a 200 foot cliff.
                                        • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                                        • Lotion, TP, travel light.

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