Reservations for the Most Coveted Camping Destination Open Up Tomorrow. Here’s How to Get a Spot.
Permit reservations for the insanely popular Havasupai campground open on February 1.
It’s become increasingly difficult to reserve camping sites in the West, where the interest in exploring the great outdoors has never been higher. Travel has officially made its post-pandemic rebound, and camping is no exception. Especially at one of the world’s most coveted spots, Havasupai, located in the Grand Canyon National Park. Reservations for all arrival dates from March 1, 2024 onwards will become available on February 1 at 8 a.m. Arizona time on the reservations website. And it’s worth setting your alarms for, because every year permits sell out almost immediately.
The permits are incredibly limited by the local Havasupai tribe to prevent overuse and overcrowding, allowing for travelers who do score tickets to experience this sacred space in all its glory. (The tribe’s name translates to “people of the blue-green water” for the beautiful azure waterfalls for which the land is famous.)
The Havasupai Campground is located along Havasu Creek between Havasu Falls and Mooney Falls. With a campground reservation and permit you can camp wherever you like within the campground. But the route is not for the faint of heart; it’s a 20-mile out-and-back hike to Havasu Falls, and on the return that hike is uphill without much shade. You can start the hike on any day of your reservation, but you must depart on or before the last day of your reservation.
It’s important to note that in order to access the sale on Thursday, you’ll have to pre-register your email by creating an account with Havasupai Reservations.
There are important regulations in place to keep the space at Supai in top-notch condition, too. Once you have registered for the sale, you’ll note that there are strict requirements for each four-day, three-night reservation, as listed below.
- It is the responsibility of each tourist to bring the necessary gear and equipment for camping. The tribe does not offer or sell tents, sleeping bags, heaters, or other camping supplies. The store stocks a limited number of food items, but you should bring your own food, water, etc. Plan accordingly for changes in weather, the Reservation can experience high and low temperatures, wind, rain, and snow.
- The rates for this year’s season are $455 per campground permit per person, 3 nights included and $2,277 per lodge room, up to 4 people, 3 nights included.
- Please respect the sovereignty of the Havasupai Tribe and abide by all posted signage and instructions from the rangers. Only hike in designated areas. Leave no trace (Pack It In, Pack It Out). Non-compliance may result in a $1,000 fine, immediate removal from the Reservation at your expense and a permanent ban.
- Check-in for all permit reservations will take place at Grand Canyon Caverns Inn, located at Mile Marker 115, Route 66 near Seligman, Arizona 86434. The trip leader must check-in for all members of their group, beginning the day before your arrival date and no later than noon on the first day of your reservation. Failure to do so will result in your reservation being cancelled. No refunds or rescheduling of dates will be issued.
- Tickets are non-refundable, but there is a transfer system where unused tickets can be purchased, so even if you don’t get them on the first round, don’t give up hope.