BeautifulSW wrote:I hiked to Havasupai some years ago, just after a major flood "lowered" the Falls a noticeable chunk. There have been floods since that altered the Falls even further. Nevertheless, I'm sure it's still worth the ten miles from Hilltop to the village.
-DO make a reservation. The last flood damaged their tourist facilities and I don't know how able they are to absorb unannounced guests.
-DO hike further down the canyon from the campground but DON'T try to reach the Colorado. Some folks have tried it at times and found that they couldn't scramble back up. Helicopter rescue is expensive.
-DO swim in the pools. FREEZING but lovely.
-DON'T use the horses/mules. You hiked IN, dammit, now hike OUT!
I remember when my then-new wife and I emerged at Hilltop to be greeted by my '71 VW Bus, we had just one thing in mind; a large steak dinner in Flagstaff! Funny, though...fifteen years later, I've been climbing out of the Grand Canyon in all sorts of weather, no problem. The Havasupai Trail isn't SUPPOSED to be harder than Bright Angel, is it? A little longer, maybe, but much less vertical distance.
Oh, and are you going to visit the new visitor center on the rim? Where you walk out over the canyon on a glass-floored loop and stare DOWN? Brrrr!
Edit: I miss that old Bus, come to think of it.
I've done the new visitor's center. The arc thingy is cool but overall I think the south rim is much more epic.
Thanks for the advice, planning ahead isn't exactly something I/we do well where vacations are concerned, we're more of hey, got some time this weekend? Lets go! I'll have to make sure to check that impulse.