UPDATED: Top Tips For Reserving Your Havasupai Permit In 2020

It’s almost here: the day you can reserve your permit to hike Havasupai in 2020!

Havasupai Indian Reservation, surrounded Grand Canyon National Park, is known for its cascading waterfalls with crystal clear bright blue water.

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Is Hiking Havasupai On Your Bucket List?

You’re not alone.

From Havasu Falls to Mooney Falls, people from all over the world travel to Arizona to bare witness to these breathtaking natural wonders.

As a result, it’s more difficult to get a permit now than ever before. Which is why we put together this helpful article.

In this blog, you will find...

  • The exact date and time Havasupai reservations go live for 2020 
  • The official website for Havasupai reservations
  • Tips from the Havasupai Tribe on how you can maximize your chances of getting a permit
  • Tips from our community about how to strategically secure your permit before they’re all gone

and more!

Special Note: Havasupai permits sold out almost instantly in 2019 and 2018. This year, the Havasupai Tribe updated their reservation system... 

If you want to up your odds of scoring a permit this year, keep reading.

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When Do Havasupai Permits Go Live?

Havasupai reservations open on Saturday, February 1st, 2020. Reservations open at exactly 8:00am Arizona time.

Because we know math is hard...

  • That’s 7:00am for all you Californians and West Coasters.
  • If you live in AZ, it’s easy: 8:00am is your time to shine.
  • For those of you in the Midwest, plan on 9:00am.
  • Be ready at 10:00am sharp if you live on the East Coast. 

Now that you know when to look alive, let’s talk about the new reservation system.

New For 2020: The Official Havasupai Campground Reservation System

When you search for how to obtain Havasupai permits, a lot of sites come up.

But there’s only one website you need to know about:

So, what comes next?

Keep reading to hear what the Havasupai Tribe recommends when it comes to increasing your odds of getting a permit.

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Permit Tips From The Havasupai Tribe

According to HavasupaiReservations.com, there are a few things you can do to prepare for the big moment when 2020 reservations become available.

Here’s what you can do before reservation day:

#1. Create Your Account Now

You might have to wait until February 1st at 8:00am Arizona time to get your permit, but you can create your account beforehand.

An account is required to book a Havasupai reservation.

Creating your account in advance will undoubtedly give you an upper hand when you’re scrambling to grab a Havasupai campsite.

Official Havasupai Tribe Campground Reservations

Photo from HavasupaiReservations.com

Once you create your account, you will receive an email to confirm your email address.

From there, you can create your profile with all your information along with your emergency contact information.

#2. Add Your Payment Method

After creating your account, you have the option of adding your payment method right then and there.

If you’re serious about hiking Havasupai in 2020, we recommend taking this extra step.

It’s just one less thing you need to do when you’re under pressure to book your reservation ASAP.

#3. Add A Potential Alternate Trip Leader (PATL)

Again, this is optional. A PATL is a person who can use your permit in the event that you cannot attend on your selected reservation dates. 

Note that your selected PATL cannot use your reservation unless you officially transfer it to that person.

#4. Review Important Havasupai Reservation Information

After you select your PATL (optional), you will be redirected to a page with lots of information to help you get ready for reserving your trip to Havasupai. 

Here are a few key takeaways:

  • Reservations are 100% required for visiting Havasupai
  • Permits are available from March 1, 2020 on
  • All Havasupai reservations are for 4 days / 3 nights
  • The hike to and from the Havasupai campground is 20 miles round trip 

Now that you know the ins and outs of the new Havasupai reservation system, let’s hear from our community about how to get your Havasupai permit. 

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Havasupai Permit Tips From The 52 Hike Challenge Community 

Liliana Anais, wrote in to us to ask the following question: "I have been trying to hike Havasu Falls but haven't been able to get a permit do you by chance know of an easier way to get a permit? The only other option I found was extremely expensive and didn't want to go that route. Any help or advice would be appreciated." 

So we decided to take the time to collect our community's responses on their top tips to getting permits to Havasupai Falls. 

Check out the top 5 tips to reserving Havasupai permits below. 

Photo by 52 Hike Challenge community member @michellespektor

1. Plan ahead.

YOU MUST HAVE A PERMIT/RESERVATION TO VISIT.  Only overnights are allowed, you cannot day hike it. Reservations open in February and they book up quick! Read the information above and visit HavasupaiReservations.com to reserve your backpacking permit for 2020. 

  • weputthefuinfun Been a couple times, and never had an issue getting a permit but then social media came and I haven't tried since, as with any permit situation important to plan way in advance, also important to note that they make you pay for an overnight trip, you don't have to camp, but you have to pay for a site, as it warms up plan to leave early, it warms up quickly, especially on the hike out.
  • Sigifredo Zepeda They have a website now but they only take reservations on Feb 1st. Within that first week, they get booked for the whole year. Unless you get lucky and someone cancels. Also they changed their terms of payment... One has to pay for everyone and all the days of the camping trip all at once now. 
2. Be flexible and plan to visit off season or on weekdays.
  • rachelecornett Consider going in the off season. Weather was good and no crowds!
  • hisnheradventures  This year they raised the prices.  Going during the week is much easier than a weekend. One needs four days to enjoy the trip including the long drive. Hope that helps.
3. Be Persistent. Cancellations do occur.
  • backpacking_beauties As of now it is booked, but people make cancellations all the time, so I would keep an eye out. Check often because in the beginning people book whatever dates they can get, just to later change them when the more ideal dates open up.
  • shoestringadventures Be flexible and try calling to see if there are last minute cancellations when you are available to go!
4. Reserve the lodge.

Rates start at $145 per night for up to four people, deposits + permits additional. Get more information here.

  • chuangers Currently responding from the In N Out in Kingman, AZ after 3 amazing nights at Havasupai. It's much easier getting lodge reservations than campsites. I booked a year in advance and went during the off season. Way less people at the falls and on the trails. Also calling right at 8 am repeatedly or right before 8 am helps too. Good luck and happy trails!
5. Be Respectful. Be Educated. Pack it in pack it out.
  • taniainnature Havasupai is such a magical place! This is a sacred place for the Havasupai people and for that reason it should be respected and taken care of. We are all guests to these lands let's pack our trash on our way out 😁😁
  • jazohikes74  Please if you do visit Respect their Reservation and do not criticize their way of living. Let's also keep that beautiful place clean for everyone to enjoy!
  • ssvuv2010 Please clean up after yourselves: everything from chairs, inflatables, food scum, candy wrappers, etc. It is quite disappointing to see trash all over the trail as you go in thru the canyon and throughout the campsite. Be aware. Be conscious. Love our earth. Keep it clean.
We hope you've enjoyed these tips and if you have any comments, please leave them below.

- Your 52 Hike Challenge Family

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2 comments

  • Hi Robert, great question! Summer at Havasupai is very hot, so we would consider that the off season. You might experience less crowds, but you will need to plan for extreme heat and possible monsoons. Honestly, this area is pretty crowded year-round as permits sell out within minutes for the entire year. Either way, it’s definitely worth a visit!

    52 Hike Challenge
  • Great blog. Found it very informational. The only question I have is when is the off season? Since a lot of ppl recommend it I would like to know roughly when that is considered. Thanks

    Robert Tsubota

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