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How to Get a Coveted Hiking Permit for Arizona's Havasu Falls

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by Eben Diskin Jan 28, 2020

Getting a coveted hiking permit for Arizona’s Havasu Falls isn’t easy. Reservations go on sale at 8:00 AM on February 1, 2020, and there are only 350 spots available each day. Last year, most reservations were gone within five hours of going on sale, so you’ll have to act pretty fast to reserve your date of choice.

An extremely popular spot in Arizona, Havasu Falls is notoriously difficult to actually access due to the high demand for permits. Located on the Havasupai Indian Reservation within the Grand Canyon, Havasu Falls is perfect for camping, relaxing by the water, and marveling at the rock formations. Because the area is sacred to the Havasupai tribe, they don’t just hand permits out en masse. The limited number of permits is designed to preserve the landscape.

To get one, make sure you create an account on the Havasupai Reservations page and log in before 8:00 AM on February 1. Have your credit card details handy. You will be given the option to make a reservation — no phone reservations are accepted — and you will then choose your desired date. In 2019, the rates were $375 for a four-day and three-night visit (all reservations are for three nights).

And if you do miss out on a campground reservation, you can book a room at the Havasupai Lodge. Given the limited number of rooms, however, it may be even tougher to obtain a permit for the lodge than the campground.

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