Grand Canyon – Havasu Falls Family Adventure

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Dates: Mar-Aug - see all dates

Total Days: 7

Activity Level: 3

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Price:

2014

REI member: $2,599

Non-member: $2,884

2015

REI member: $2,699

Non-member: $2,969

Additional Fees

2014 Single supplement: $199

2015 Single supplement: $299

Kids' Discount: $400 discount for kids ages 8-17.

Trip Dates:

2014

  • Jun 13–19
  • Jun 21–27
  • Jun 28 – Jul 4
  • Jul 5–11
  • Jul 12–18
  • Jul 26 – Aug 1
  • Aug 2–8
  • Aug 9–15 Sold out
  • Aug 16–22

2015

  • Mar 21–27
  • Apr 4–10
  • Apr 11–17
  • Apr 18–24
  • Jun 13–19
  • Jun 20–26
  • Jul 4–10
  • Jul 11–17
  • Jul 25–31
  • Aug 8–14

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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

  • Take a classic family vacation with a twist: our Grand Canyon family adventure
  • Hike to a base camp deep in the Canyon to relax and explore this phenomenal place
  • Go on exciting hikes and play in Havasupai's exquisite turquoise pools
  • Join an adventure for the whole family with kids activities and expert guides

The quintessential family vacation—the Grand Canyon—is right on top of everyone's list. It's impossible to forget your first glimpse of the Canyon, the moment you realize its breathtaking depth and colorful expanse. Our week-long family adventure focuses on a remote and incredibly beautiful part of the Canyon named for the traditional people of this area, the Havasupai, meaning "people of the blue-green waters."

We travel north from Phoenix with a stop at Oak Creek Canyon's loftiest overlook and the opportunity to visit a local Navajo crafts market. At the Grand Canyon's south rim, our trail leads us to a private base camp below. On our descent, we pass through the Havasupai Indian reservation and swim beneath brilliant blue-green waterfalls.

Each day is full of exhilarating hikes, fun water play in turquoise pools, relaxing in a hammock in the shade of a cottonwood tree, or solving "criddles" (would that be "canyon riddles?"). Few people travel to the bottom of the Canyon, but those who do create family memories for a lifetime!

REI Flash 18 Pack

Kids get an REI day pack — Kids traveling on our Family Adventures will receive an REI day pack for their adventure! Kids age 8-17 will receive the REI Flash 18 Pack (while quantities last, colors may vary). Learn more about REI Family Adventures.

Not traveling with kids under 18? Check out our Grand Canyon – Havasu Falls trip.

Itinerary Summary

  • Day 1 - Welcome to sunny Arizona where our Grand Canyon family adventure begins.
  • Day 2 - Explore the Grand Canyon Caverns caves in the Sonoran desert.
  • Day 3 - Arrive at the Hualapai Hilltop trailhead and hike into deep red canyons.
  • Day 4-5 - Explore the crystal-blue streams and emerald pools of Havasupai on foot.
  • Day 6 - Learn about the canyon's unique plants and animals on a special adventure.
  • 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 sunny Arizona where our Grand Canyon family 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 - Explore the Grand Canyon Caverns caves in the Sonoran desert.

    Depart Phoenix and travel north through the Sonoran Desert, onto the high elevation plateaus and red rock canyons of north central Arizona. We take in absolutely sublime red-sandstone formations as we drive through Sedona's Oak Creek Canyon, one of the nation's most serene and scenic byways. Enjoy a tasty picnic lunch at Oak Creek Canyon's loftiest overlook, paired with the opportunity to visit a local Navajo crafts market. Afterwards, we'll continue our drive across the Colorado Plateau to the rustic Grand Canyon Caverns Inn, our lodging for the night. This classic Route 66 establishment got both its name and claim to fame in the 1920's, when Mr. Walter Peck discovered the entrance to a cavern system over 200 feet deep and over half a mile long. His "Grand Canyon Caverns" tours grew so popular that a lively motel sprung up to accommodate would-be explorers. Today, we'll see not only the impressive majesty and sparkling crystal formations of the caverns themselves, but their unusual history that grew up throughout the last century. An introduction to "Gertie" the Giant Ground Sloth, traversing America's deepest hotel room, and visiting a subterranean wedding chapel are a few of the Caverns' secrets we'll experience. To top off the day's adventures, we enjoy dinner on the patio (and a dip in the pool!) as the sun sets across a quintessential western landscape.

    Vehicle transfer time: 5 hours total. Cave exploration: 1 hour.

  • Day 3 - Arrive at the Hualapai Hilltop trailhead and hike into deep red canyons.

    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 lusher.  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 80’ Navajo Falls and 100’ Havasu Falls.  Stopping to swim beneath each one is a must!  We continue a short distance past Havasu Falls to 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 a delicious dinner. Sleep under the stars tonight or retire to your spacious tent for a peaceful night of canyon slumber. Camp elevation is 3,200’.  Note that there is the option of flying both into and out of the canyon for those not wanting to do the entire hike (additional cost per person $100 one way – helicopter). The last two miles of the trail must be hiked to our base camp.

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

  • Day 4-5 - Explore the crystal-blue streams and emerald pools of Havasupai on 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, hike on a game trail known only to our guides, or perhaps meet with the Havasupai Indians and learn to make the ancient split twig figures found in cave dwelling throughout the Canyon. 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 6 - Learn about the canyon's unique plants and animals on a special adventure.

    In addition to more hiking and exploration options today, it’s time to get a little “canyon crazy”.  After our guides provide a short skill seminar on the use of map and compass, each “team” navigates a highly interactive course that includes a rope swing challenge, solving “criddles” (canyon riddles), answering canyon trivia about flora and geology … and much more.  It’s all about the Canyon and it’s all about fun!  This evening enjoy one more scrumptious meal and recount the infinite magical moments of the past few days.

    Hiking: varies.

  • Day 7 - 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) for those choosing to end the week on a less vigorous note.  Helicopter departures and horseback ascents 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 a late 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 9:00 p.m. Breakfast and lunch included. Transfer to the Phoenix airport on your own.

    Hiking: 10 miles; Terrain: gradual uphill. Vehicle transfer time: ~ 4.5 hours.

Note on Itinerary

Although we do our very best to adhere to the schedule listed above, this itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control including weather and terrain conditions. 

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/triple occupancy), 4 nights camping in Grand Canyon base camp (double/triple occupancy); two guides; van transportation from Phoenix to the Grand Canyon and return; all meals as indicated in the 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; one dinner; sleeping bag (this can be rented); optional 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.

Weather

Grand Canyon weather is typically sunny and dry, making it an ideal location for hiking and camping.  At the canyon rim, summer temperatures generally hover in the 60-75°F range.  At our base camp, day time temperatures range from the 60s to high-70s in March and April, and from the high 70s to 90s in May through August. 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 and cooling off!

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 Family Adventure 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. This gear list has been created to help you in choosing your equipment for the trip. Try to bring only what is necessary as this will help you and the field staff.

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
  • Cooking and eating utensils
  • Stoves and fuel
  • Deluxe sleeping pad
  • Trip leader first-aid kit
Official Papers
  • Airline tickets
  • Photo identification
Luggage
  • Soft-sided duffel bag, medium-size and sturdy (carried by the packhorses to our camp)
  • Daypack 2000 - 2500 cu. in. to carry your camera, water bottles, lunch, etc.
  • Luggage tags and luggage locks
Camping Gear
  • Sleeping bag (rated to 30-35° F), lightweight, compressible down or synthetic material is best
Outerwear
  • Rain jacket (or poncho), lightweight, waterproof and breathable
  • Rain or wind pants, waterproof and breathable
Clothing Accessories
  • Sun hat with brim
  • Wool or fleece hat, For March – April departures only
  • Wool or fleece gloves, lightweight For March – April departures only
Clothing
  • Midweight fleece or wool sweater (not required late June – July)
  • Lightweight thermal underwear top and bottom, synthetic or wool
  • Hiking pants
  • Hiking shorts
  • Long-sleeve shirt
  • T-shirts
  • Underwear
  • Hiking socks
  • Liner socks
  • Swimsuit (s)
Footwear
  • Hiking boots, sturdy, midweight, broken- in, aggressive tread
  • Water footwear – see Things to Consider section below
  • Camp shoes such as tennis shoes or sandals
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 (for showers)
  • Personal first-aid kit, small
  • Insect repellent
  • Several Ziploc plastic bags for wet clothes and trash
Optional Field Gear
  • Camera, memory cards / film, 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: Frisbee, 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

  • Pleaseremember 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 daypack 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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  • Exceeded expectations (9)
  • Guides (9)
  • Activity level (8)
  • Food (8)
  • Group camaraderie (8)

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        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Avid adventurer (3)
        • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
        • Active adventures (8), Destination (8), All the details planned for me (6), Travel with like-minded outdoor enthusiasts (6), Commitment to sustainability (4)

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      5.0

      Incredible journey with family

      By SMGL

      from Ridgeland, Mississippi

      About Me Avid Adventurer

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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

      • It Was Hot - But Oh Well

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        Comments about REI Adventures Grand Canyon – Havasu Falls Family Adventure:

        The trip was incredible. Our guides Megan and Chris were awesome. They were patient with the adults and children. My kids have talked about them and the friends they met nonstop. It is beautiful there. I highly recommend it.

        • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
        • Active Adventures, Destination, Guides, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
        • Why did you choose this trip?:
        • We have been on REI adventure before and you all continue to please us.
        • What was the highlight of your trip?:
        • The waterfalls were beautiful. I loved my 7 & 9 year old being away from electronics for the week and not even asking about it. They were entertained and loved it.
        • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
        • Enjoy

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Best vacation ever

        By XW

        from NJ

        About Me Casual Adventurer

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        Pros

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

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            Comments about REI Adventures Grand Canyon – Havasu Falls Family Adventure:

            The guides are GREAT. They are so knowlodgable and patient with kids. My daughter listened to everything they talked. She drinks chocolate milks after her Taekwondao practice now to build muscle "because Megan said so". They are also great cooks. We also feel really safe and comfortable with all the activities they arranged. Even the 200 feet cliff was not that scary when they are aside. Without them, it hard to imagine to have all the fun that we had. Truely wish there are more trips and guides like that open to family with kids

            • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
            • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Commitment to Sustainability, Destination, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
            • Why did you choose this trip?:
            • My daughter wanted a "real" vacation and I felt it would be great for her have a real one without being attached to a Ipad all the time. So, it should be an outdoor one. Meanwhile, I wanted it to be a well planned so that I don't need to worry about safety or logistic. That is why I looked into the REI trips. It is about the only one my daughter can go due to age limit
            • What was the highlight of your trip?:
            • Hard to choose one. Everyday is exciting. Hiking, floating in the river, going down 200 feet cliff, jumping over waterfalls, jumping throught waterfalls, building dams, even the part kids helping washing dishes. The kids were reaally getting along well.
            • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
            • Exercise, a lot. The hikings at parks in NJ and PA are much easier than hiking in Grand Canyon. No need to bring lots of clothes, but a few quick dry ones. Not much use of swimming suits, swimming in quick dry hiking short and t shirt is fine. Good hiking boots and water shoes for hiking are absolute. Sneakers for trail running do not work well, because all the dust and sand.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            A 'Must Do' for your family

            By Patricia and crew

            from Pittsburgh, PA

            About Me Active family

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            Pros

            • Activity Level
            • Breathtaking
            • Exceeded Expectations
            • Food
            • Group Camaraderie
            • Guides
            • Once in a Lifetime Experience

            Cons

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                Comments about REI Adventures Grand Canyon – Havasu Falls Family Adventure:

                I'm a mother of two and my husband and I had been waiting for our kids to be at the right age for a serious hike. (ages 10 and 12) We've never been out West as a family and hiking in the Grand Canyon was on our bucket list. The kids did amazingly well on the ten miles in and out of the canyon! We loved every inch of this trip.

                Things we loved: The beauty of the area, waterfalls and rock formations; the energy, knowledge, experience of the guides (Megan & Chris Rock); the enthusiasm and compassion of the other families, we all took pride in the accomplishments of each other and especially of our children ...we truly became a tribe.

                • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Commitment to Sustainability, Destination, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                • Why did you choose this trip?:
                • We've never been out West as a family and hiking in the Grand Canyon was on our bucket list.
                • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                • All tied for first place: the beauty of the area, waterfalls and rock formations; the energy, knowledge, experience of the guides (Megan & Chris Rock); the enthusiasm and compassion of the other families, we all took pride in the accomplishments of each other and especially of our children ...we truly became a tribe.
                • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                • As far as an August trip in the canyon goes...pack light! And to fill the extra space you gained take along some paper, colored pencils or paints so you and the kids can capture the amazing views.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Amazing!

                By CherylF

                from Tampa, Florida

                About Me First-Time Adventurer

                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 Family Adventure:

                    We had an amazing week full of once-in-a-lifetime experiences and made great new friends. In addition to crazy amounts of fun (jumping through waterfalls and exploring old mines...who wouldn't love that?!), we also managed to learn a great deal about the geology of the canyon and the culture and history of the Havasupai Tribe.

                    The hikes in and out were pretty challenging for our family because we didn't have time to train as much as we should have. But the sense of accomplishment at the end was well worth it.

                    The guides will push your comfort zone -- trust them! Our guides were incredibly professional, and we felt totally confident trusting our safety to them. They were enthusiastic, completely patient with all the kids, really knowledgable, and lots of fun. The food they made for us was shockingly good too!

                    I can't recommend this trip highly enough.

                    One suggestion: take some stamps and mail yourself a letter or postcard from Supai. Our daughter loved getting it in the mail at home with a big "delivered by mule" illustrated postmark.

                    • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                    • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Commitment to Sustainability, Destination
                    • Why did you choose this trip?:
                    • We have never hiked or camped before and really wanted to find a great first experience to share with our 8-year-old daughter. We initially called REI to ask about the Yosemite trip, but because the minimum age was 14, the REI staffer recommended the Havasu trip. We are so thrilled she did because it turned out to be an amazing and life-changing experience for all of us!
                    • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                    • Impossible to choose just one! Jumping through waterfalls, swimming in the gorgeous blue-green water, the scavenger hunt and fossil hunt, surviving the 200-ft descent to Mooney Falls, and making wonderful new friends.
                    • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                    • As the previous reviewers have said, pack very lightly, bringing just two or three shorts/shirts in quick-dry fabrics. You can wash in the river in the evening (fun activity for kids!) and they'll be dry by the next day. Also, be sure you and your children train for a couple of months beforehand. Get lots of cardio and hills or stairs.

                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Havasu-per family adventure!

                    By GFT Atlanta

                    from Atlanta, Ga

                    About Me Casual Adventurer

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                    Pros

                    • Challenging
                    • Exceeded Expectations
                    • Family-friendly
                    • Food
                    • Guides
                    • Like-minded travelers
                    • Well Organized Itinerary

                    Cons

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                        Comments about REI Adventures Grand Canyon – Havasu Falls Family Adventure:

                        This is truly a great family adventure trip, with emphasis on the "family adventure" part. It includes all the activities you thought were the coolest when you were a kid and it is super neat to re-live them with your kids. Cave exploring, rock climbing, waterfall jumping, creek-crossing, fosil-finding, scorpion-hunting, desert hiking, good eating, game playing, serious camping (in tents, with nice, thick air pads) and great group and guide company. You'll be dirty and tired and maybe a bit bruised by the end of the trip, but this is exactly what we wanted and needed. Like I told the guides at the end: bruised bodies, but healed souls.

                        • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                        • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Commitment to Sustainability, Destination, Prior REI trip, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                        • Why did you choose this trip?:
                        • Our first REI adventure, to Belize, was great. We try to mix international travel with US travel, and the Grand Canyon adventure sounded like a great, fun challenge.
                        • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                        • Too many to list, but one of the top ones was the frozen, great, honest smile on our daughter's face the ENTIRE week. Other notables: beautiful canyon and western scenery, sweet, smart, patient guides, superb food after long days on the trail, rock climbing, great campsite by the steam (with the sound of rushing water soothing you to sleep each night and lack of cell phone reception!
                        • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                        • 1. Train as suggested. Because of hectic work schedule prior to trip, I neglected exercise and found myself lagging behind others. It is not crazy strenuous, but strenuous enough that if you have not been exercising regularly, you will struggle at times.
                          2. Be mentally ready for some challenging hikes and rock climbs. One particular climb up/down was surprising and scary for me as I have a fear of heights and no harnesses were used. Nonetheless, safety was clearly of utmost important and I never felt in peril. The guides do a great job of training you, emphasizing safety, but in a way that never interferes with the ultimate goal: fun.
                          3. Get camel packs – you'll be drinking a lot of water and they make the water drinking easier, especially or the kids.
                          4. Pack lightly – plenty of clean water in camp to wash clothing. If they are quick-dry you'll be good to go next morning.
                          5. Be ready to pack on some pounds – lots of good food and you cannot diet due to the need of energy for each day's adventure.
                          6. Listen to your guides about hot spots.
                          7. Go ready to have some serious water fun.

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Amazing Family Adventure!

                        By Sarah A

                        from Asheville, NC

                        About Me Adventurous Family

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

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                            Comments about REI Adventures Grand Canyon – Havasu Falls Family Adventure:

                            It is important to note that on this trip there are no views at all of the Grand Canyon proper. We were a couple of hours driving from the south rim. Some of the views hiking down were quite similar, but the geology, culture (the Supai and their village were a great experience) and foliage at the bottom were entirely different and spectacular. Our knowledgeable guides showed us new areas to explore each day and were able to challenge us and our children with hikes and cliff jumps and pushing our comfort zone, but at the same time, made it feel so safe that even this world class worry wort was able to relax! On the way in, we took a kitchsy caverns tour that the kids enjoyed and made the adults laugh until we cried. While the hikes in and out were long, our guides provided all the encouragement and advice we needed to navigate them successfully and create a feeling of achievement. It is definitely an experience we will remember forever.

                            • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                            • Active Adventures, Destination, I Liked the Itinerary, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                            • Why did you choose this trip?:
                            • We were looking for a way to see the Grand Canyon with a twist. The kids are very active with great endurance, but at only 6 and 10 years old, we needed guidance to be sure the trip was right for them. As our guides explained, we were "Glamping" - camping with a little glamour, which was provided by the accommodations being set up for us, good food and planned adventures each day.
                            • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                            • Just one?!?!? We loved jumping from cliffs into waterfalls, using headlamps in abandoned mines, racing each other on the scavenger hunt, relaxing on the water in the late afternoons, hiking, swimming, challenging ourselves on steep descents and most of all, making new friends with whom we laughed and talked and shared all week long.
                            • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                            • Pack lightly! Particularly in the summer, no sleeping bag was necessary and a light twin bed sheet worked great. Clothes to go from hiking to swimming were ideal, as were open water shoes comfortable enough for both hiking and water walking. We were a little hot, a little dirty and a little smelly for much of the week, but we were never bored, unhappy or hungry!!

                            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Awesome trip for an adventurous family!

                            By slexow

                            from Philadelphia, PA

                            About Me First-Time Adventurer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                            • None

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                              Comments about REI Adventures Grand Canyon – Havasu Falls Family Adventure:

                              Overall incredible experience! Our guides were stupendous! The food was awesome! Our safety was always of utmost importance, but at the same time we were challenged every step of the way. The hiking and the waterfalls were spectacular. The kids had a blast! Snakes, frogs, fish and scorpions. Educational! Hammocks for relaxing. Wow!!

                              • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                              • All the Details Planned for Me, Destination, I Liked the Itinerary
                              • Why did you choose this trip?:
                              • Wanted a family adventure trip and that is exactly what we got. With the help of our awesome guides, the kids took every hike, climb and swim with us. Enjoyed family time while experiencing a new adventure together. It was great!
                              • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                              • Beautiful waterfalls and landscape! Adventurous hikes. Fun scavenger hunt!
                              • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                              • The gear list is very helpful overall. However, some of the warm clothes listed are not needed if traveling in the summer months. For instance, we never used the thin thermal underware. I did wear the thin hiking pants and light long sleeve shirt in the early mornings. Also, no need for rain pants. The rain jacket was fine. I would recommend three pairs of quick drying shorts and 3 quick drying shirts. For women, if you bring a bathing suit, I would recommend a tankini. It is uncomfortable to hike in a one piece. Most of us hiked and swam in our clothing. Water shoes should be somewhat open to allow small rocks to wash through. The camp towels are very useful and dry quickly. Headlamps were more useful than flashlights. Toilet paper was provided at the basecamp so I would recommend only one small camping toiletpaper for hikes. Hand sanitizer was useful on hikes. I would recommend a 3 liter hydration bladder for your daypack rather than carrying 3 water bottles. Most importantly, have well fitted, broken in hiking boots.

                              (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Loved the Guides!

                              By rocco1109

                              from Denver, CO

                              About Me Avid Adventurer

                              Site Member

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

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                                  Comments about REI Adventures Grand Canyon – Havasu Falls Family Adventure:

                                  More advice...Bring a decent day pack that can easily carry 3 liters of water at a time. I prefer the kind that has a hip strap to take the weight off the shoulders. Were I to do it again, I'd bring nothing but quick dry clothes..two pair of Hurley board shorts and one pair of other shorts, 3 shirts, 3 pair of wool socks, Tevas, hiking shoes, quick dry hat with wide brim, sunglasses, toiletries, camp towel. Bring some biodegradable soap and wash your clothes each night. My Hurley board shorts were literally dry within 10 minutes after washing because there is about 7% humidity at base camp.

                                  • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                                  • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Destination, I Liked the Itinerary
                                  • Why did you choose this trip?:
                                  • We wanted a unique family trip that would involve significant hiking and unparalleled natural beauty.
                                  • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                                  • The guides. They are all so knowledgeable and inspiring. We had great camaraderie among our guides and group. The guides really take care of you.
                                  • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                                  • Get good water shoes. I like Teva. You'll be hiking in them (not hard core, but enough). Buy decent wool socks like Darn Tough or Smart Wool. In the hot months, don't bring stick deodorant or liqui-gel Advil. All of mine melted. Roll-on deodorant and tablets should work. No cotton. Bring quick-dry clothing. You're in and out of the water all day. Saline nasal spray--it's REALLY dry.

                                  (14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Family Trip of a Lifetime

                                  By AWF/JJF

                                  from North Bend, WA

                                  About Me Avid Adventurer

                                  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 Family Adventure:

                                      We loved this trip. The guides were amazing. We couldn't have asked for more experienced, friendlier or better guides.

                                      Our children loved the opportunity to make friends and hang out with the other children and teenagers on the trip.

                                      The food was a great surprise -- every meal was terrific. We hiking extensively and still managed to gain weight.

                                      The hiking was very challenging, but achievable. Our sons were 8 and 9 at the time and were able to complete all of the hikes with encouragement from the guides.

                                      • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                                      • Active Adventures, I Liked the Itinerary, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                                      • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                                      • Terrific guides, beautiful scenery, great fellow travelers. The hike to Beaver Falls was an incredible experience. We also (in retrospect) loved the hike out of the Canyon. It was extremely challenging, but the sense of satisfaction in completing it was wonderful.
                                      • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                                      • The heat and hiking can be challenging. Make certain your children are experienced hikers. It also helps if everyone is a strong swimmer as swimming is a big part of the trip. Bring extra batteries for your camera.

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