Havasu Falls Backpack: Return Hike

Grand Canyon National Park

Return hike from Havasu Falls.

Hiking Difficult

15 km
840 m
105 m
4-5 hrs
Low Point
846 m
High Point
1.6 km
Havasu Falls Backpack: Return Hike Map


The last route of this three-day backpack is another gorgeous route as you depart from the Havasu Falls campground and slowly make your way up above the hilltop back to your vehicle.

Depending on the time of year this route is done, an early start to avoid the heat would be wise. Temperatures can really pick up starting as early as May so be mindful of the heat. The final part of the route is the steepest so it'd be a lot more pleasant doing this section in the morning as opposed to the middle of the afternoon.

There are a few mini side trips that could be added either to the outbound or return trip. One is located right above Havasu Falls. The trail does not go far but it presents unique views of the falls that you wouldn't get elsewhere. It is a surreal feeling to be standing right above the falls with the big drop-off below. Everyone at the falls will be wondering how you got there!

Around Navajo Falls there a few neat areas to explore too. Part of the allure of this entire area is the intricacies around all of the falls and within the canyon. There are just so many areas to explore! Those filled with curiosity will absolutely love this backpack.

Past Navajo Falls, Supai village is not much further. This is not a bad spot to have a snack as there is a little store present. There are some beautiful red rocks located right above Supai, which present some good photo opportunities. Seeing the combination of the lush green vegetation with the red rock is a wonderful contrast throughout the route.

After traversing through the narrow canyon, you will be near the final ascent back to the trailhead. The switchbacks here are steep so take it slowly, especially if the weather is very hot. There isn't much water found along this route so be mindful of this when planning at the Havasu Falls campground.

A sense of relief will fill you once you have ascended the final switchback although you will likely be sad that you have now finished the backpack to Havasu Falls. This is a trip you will never forget and is one every adventurer should do. This area is so famous for a reason. Whether it is Havasu or Mooney Falls, or a trip to the Colorado River, this three day backpack has something to offer everyone!



Hiking trails where obstacles such as rocks or roots are prevalent. Some obstacles can require care to step over or around. At times, the trail can be worn and eroded. The grade of the trail is generally quite steep, and can often lead to strenuous hiking.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.


3 out of 4

Little chance of being seen or helped in case of an accident.

Best time to visit

January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December


  • Picturesque
  • Water features

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