Havasu Falls is one of the worlds most picturesque, blue waterfalls around the world. Located within the Grand Canyon in Arizona, Havasu Falls is a dream location for so many travellers.
That being said, it is a bit trickier to see this Havasu Falls than just simply walking up to it. Havasu Falls is located within the Havasupai Indian Tribe which limits the number of daily visitors and requires a minimum of a 1 night camping permit in order to visit. There are a maximum allowance of 300 people per day during low season and 400 per day during peak season.
Since the numbers are so limited you need to be quick to grab a pass as soon as they become available. This year (2018), the entire year sold out within 15 minutes of becoming available online! I was one of the lucky people to be able to secure this pass which I’m so grateful for.
Before booking your pass at Havasu Falls, there are some essential tips you need to know:
NEW UPDATES 2019 HAVASU FALLS PERMITS
This year they have implemented some new changes to get a permit for Havasu Falls. Firstly you will need to create an account before the tickets go on sale Feb 1st. To do this simply go to their website anytime before Feb 1 and create your account. After this is done resume with the below info – Be online at 8:00 AM Arizona time on February 1st and book your preferred date right away. Again I emphasise that the passes will go fast. Havasu Falls gets more and more popular every year so I would imagine that the tickets for this year will be sold out within the first 5 – 10 minutes. Another change that has been made is that all stays are allocated a 3 night, 4 day time frame. The system will now automatically fill in the rest of your travel dates after you’ve selected your start date. And the final change – the reservations now are strictly online only, they have stated that there will be absolutely no reservations made over the phone.
KNOW THE DATE & TIME THE PASSES GO ON SALE
The camping passes go on sale February 1st each year at 8:00 AM Arizona time. If you’re in a different time zone make sure you calculate the time/ date difference. Since I was in Melbourne Australia at the time of booking I had to set my alarm to wake me up at 2am local time. I have noticed that a new addition to their website is a mailing list to notify you of when the tickets are available. I would highly advise doing this.
MAKE YOUR BOOKING ONLINE
You can book both online and over the phone, however I highly suggest booking online. Their phone system is very old fashioned with only 2 phone lines and no call waiting. You will most likely get a busy signal if you attempt to call. Booking online is easy and straight forward and you’ll have a better chance of getting a spot. The only website to book on is directly on the Havasupai Reservations Website.
HAVE YOUR COMPUTER OPEN AND READY TO GO
I have heard of people who missed out on securing their passes due to their computer starting too slowly. It’s such a simple thing to not consider, but make sure you have your computer up and running before the passes become available.
HAVE THE CORRECT BROWSER AND FAST INTERNET
Similar to the point above, make sure your internet speed is fast and your web browser works properly. Some people mentioned that the web browser they were using wouldn’t open the booking page (I believe Internet Explorer) and therefore missed out on getting their tickets. I personally used Google Chrome which worked great for me.
KNOW YOUR DATES
Know the dates you want to travel to Havasupai ahead of time. There’s no time to play around with your dates once the bookings become available. You are more likely to get your preferred dates if you book mid-week and not close to any public holidays. I you are able to have a backup option for your dates then that’s even better. Since I was coming from out of country, I only had a small window of opportunity for when I was able to travel here so that wasn’t an option for me.
DON’T UNDERESTIMATE HOW QUICKLY THE PASSES SELL OUT
This is a major one! The tickets this past year sold out in 15 minutes for the entire year! I was online straight away and already saw a number of dates unavailable. The peak season (April – September) sells out the quickest so be on it straight away and follow all the tips above.
If you have any other questions about making your booking for Havasu Falls please comment below and I will respond to you right away.