Karen & Jim's Guide to the Grand Canyon, Havasu Falls, and Sedona

Havasupai Reservation

The small village of Supai on the Havasupai Indian Reservation is one of the most remote places you can find in the United States. You can't drive your car there, but you can walk there. You can also ride there on horseback or fly there on a helicopter. However, before you walk, ride, or fly to Supai you have to drive over 60 miles from the nearest gas station to the parking lot at Hualapai Hilltop where you can park your car on the edge of the canyon for your journey into the canyon.

Havasu Canyon
Trail through Havasu Canyon

Hualapai Hilltop
Hualapai Canyon as seen from Hualapai Hilltop

We had a really beautiful surprise at Hualapai Hill Top. Hualapai Canyon is beautiful! The white sandstone cliffs of the canyon just fall away revealing the sage covered canyon floor below. See the picture above.

Getting There

Our friends, Patrick and Teresa, convinced us not to hike to Supai. Not that they had to try very hard mind you. We found that it was actually cheaper to take the helicopter to Supai than to ride a horse so we flew. All the necessities of life have to be transported to Supai, which is about eight miles from the trail head, by either mule or helicopter. Skydance Helicopter flies between the hilltop and village four days per week. (800-882-1651. Flights fly every 15-20 min. on M, Th, F, and Su 9am-3pm. $70 one-way; first come, first served.)

Helicopter landing
Helicopter landing at Hualapai Hilltop
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