Getting to Havasupai Reservation isn’t difficult, but there are a few things to know. The closest major airports are in Phoenix, Arizona, Flagstaff, Arizona, and Las Vegas, Nevada. I flew into Phoenix because I had friends there and I had never been before. Either choice is fine but if you want to spend a day in the location you’re flying in and out of you might want to consider which place you’d like to explore.

You will need a vehicle to get there. If you are getting a rental car you need to factor in the time it takes to pick it up and the cost. You don’t need four wheel drive the roads are in good shape. Pretty much any car will do as long as it has room for you and your luggage.

Driving on Indian Road 18

Getting there from Las Vegas

Las Vegas is 3.5 hours from the Hualapai Hilltop. When you land you will need to get a rental car from the airport or nearby. Decide if you are staying in Las Vegas for the night or if you are renting somewhere closer to the trail for an early start. I recommend getting an Airbnb outside of town so you have free parking at the very least if you aren’t driving straight to the trail.

Driving Directions:

  • This is the google maps result going from the Las Vegas Airport to the Trailhead
  • Take US-93 South from Las Vegas and follow it for 102 miles
  • At Kingman, merge onto I-40 E/US-93 S toward Flagstaff/Phoenix and stay on for 4 miles.
  • Take the Andy Devine Avenue exit (Exit 53) toward AZ-66 E / Kingman Airport
  • Turn left onto US-93 Bus S (E Andy Devine Avenue) and continue to follow E Andy Devine Ave
  • E Andy Devine Ave becomes E Highway 66/AZ-66, and follow this for approximately 50 miles
  • Peach Springs is your last place to stop if you need more food, snacks, or need to fill up your water bladder/bottles. It’s not a bad idea to take a bathroom break here too.
  • Watch for Indian Road 18 on your left.
  • Follow Indian Road 18 for approximately 60 miles, where the road ends at Hilltop (the Hualapai trail head) This road is long with not much on it don’t worry just keep going. Once you start seeing cars parked along the canyon walls you are getting close to the parking lot.
  • Even if there are cars parked way out there may be closer spots so definitely make a loop first.
  • Once you get out of your car make sure your bags are packed properly, you have all your gear, water, and your car keys! You can check in at the little shed near the top of the trail.

Getting there from Phoenix

Phoenix is 4.5 hours away from the Hilltop. If you are arriving in Phoenix I would absolutely recommend staying somewhere closer to the trail head the night before. It is the furthest airport from the trail. We arrived around 3 pm and made a few quick stops around Phoenix before we went on to our Airbnb near Prescott. We visited REI and got some energy gummies, and our fuel for our camp stove. We also went to happy hour for an early dinner before we headed on. I cannot imagine driving straight to the trail head after flying all day.

Hualapai Hilltop

Driving Directions:

  • Google map directions
  • Drive north on I-17 and exit onto AZ-69 N at Exit 262 toward Prescott
  • After 21 miles merge onto AZ-89 toward Chino Valley
  • Continue on AZ-89 to I-40 and go west on I-40
  • Take the I-40 Business Exit, Exit 123, toward AZ-66 / Seligman / Peach Springs
  • Stop in Seligman on the way to the trail for gas, a bathroom break and to load up on water and snacks. The gas station we stopped at had a ton of stuff like hats, gloves, blankets, and things you might have forgotten. The people here are used to hikers and are super friendly!
  • Keep your eye out for Indian Road 18 heading to the right (north), and turn onto it.
  • Follow Indian Road 18 for approximately 60 miles, where the road ends at Hilltop (the Hualapai trail head) This road is long with not much on it don’t worry just keep going. Once you start seeing cars parked along the canyon walls you are getting close to the parking lot.
  • Even if there are cars parked way out there may be closer spots so definitely make a loop first.
  • Once you get out of your car make sure your bags are packed properly, you have all your gear, water, and your car keys! You can check in at the little shed near the top of the trail.

Getting there from Flagstaff

Flagstaff is 3 hours from the Hilltop making it a great choice. Since it is the closest to the trail this is your best bet if you can’t fly in the day before. If you are wanting to do more hiking after your trip to Havasu Falls this might be the best choice. It is close to the Grand Canyon National Parks and the Coconino National Forest.

Driving Directions:

  • Google Maps directions from Flagstaff
  • Drive west on I-40
  • Take the I-40 Business Exit, Exit 123, toward AZ-66/Seligman/Peach Springs
  • Stop in Seligman on the way to the trail for gas, a bathroom break, and to load up on water and snacks. The gas station we stopped at had a ton of stuff like hats, gloves, blankets, and things you might have forgotten. The people here are used to hikers and are super friendly!
  • Keep a look out for Indian Road 18 heading to the right (north), and turn onto it.
  • Follow Indian Road 18 for approximately 60 miles, where the road ends at Hilltop (the Hualapai trail head) This road is long with not much on it don’t worry just keep going. Once you start seeing cars parked along the canyon walls you are getting close to the parking lot.
  • Even if there are cars parked way out there may be closer spots so definitely make a loop first.
  • Once you get out of your car make sure your bags are packed properly, you have all your gear, water, and your car keys! You can check in at the little shed near the top of the trail.
Phoenix Botanical Gardens at night

So that’s it! The arrival place should be geared towards your interests. This is your vacation even if it’s a little further you should make the most of all parts of it! We spent time in Phoenix after we got back. I made sure we had an amazing Airbnb that looked like a resort, where we could rest and relax. We went downtown, hit up breweries, went to the botanical gardens at night for the light show, and visited Scottsdale. Here is a link to what to see and do on a weekend trip to Phoenix. Partying in Las Vegas or Hiking more around Flagstaff would have been great choices too!

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