Havasu Falls Permit Information for 2019

It is almost time to get your permits for Havasu Falls for 2019! Are you ready? A few things have changed from last year. Here is a list of the new rules for Havasupai Indian Reservation:

  1. You can only apply online – gone are the days of calling over and over to get through. Now you must apply for permits online here.
  2. You’ll need to make an online account -You should set up your account on the Havasupai Reservation website BEFORE February 1st so you are ready to apply right when it opens at 8 am Arizona time.
  3. No more tours – You can no longer hire a guide for the trail. The tribe made a decision this year not to allow outfitters to guide tours.
  4. More competition – The competition for permits is even more fierce this year. The Havasupai tribe estimates it gets between 30,000 and 40,000 visitors between February and November.
  5. You have to stay 3 nights – Last year you only had to stay one, as day hiking was not allowed. Now you will have to reserve at least three nights. Not that this is a bad thing but if you were short on time for your vacation you’ll need to consider this.
  6. Prices have changed – Monday to Thursday costs $100 a night per person, and Friday to Sunday costs $125 per person.

What has stayed the same:

  • No drugs or alcohol
  • No drones
  • All permits must be paid upfront
  • The person who made the reservation must be present at check in
  • Permits are non-refundable or transferable
  • Max group number for a reservation is 10 people
  • Permit applications start February first at 8 am
  • Pack mule reservations must be made online before arrival. $400 round trip cost. Price is per mule, each can carry up to 4 bags. Max weight is 32 lbs per bag. Max bag size is 36″ x 19″ x 19″ with nothing hanging over. The limits are strictly enforced.
  • The campground spots are all open so you don’t have a reserved spot
  • Air West Helicopter rides are arranged the day you intend on using them. You must get on the waiting list as early as possible starting at 6 am. The tribe gets first dibs, and any hikers have to wait. This can greatly delay your time getting out of the canyon. The helicopter doesn’t run everyday so plan accordingly. I do not recommend it unless you really need it.

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