Havasupai, Arizona

After yearsssssss of daydreaming about this magnificent place, I finally got to check Havasu Falls off my bucket list. Backpacking in the Grand Canyon was by far the most challenging hikes of my life, but I would do it again in a heartbeat.

Some people do this trip in a day, but I think 2 nights, 3 days is ideal. We took on the 10-mile hike (one-way) early Friday morning. It took us 6 hours to make it from the parking lot to the camp grounds. Our bags were about 25 lbs each, which was light in comparison to what others were carrying. We made the mistake of not breaking in our shoes before the hike and paid for it. Sore doesn’t begin to describe how much pain we were in. By the time we made it to Havasupai Lodge, we could barely walk. However, the moment we saw Havasu Falls, the agony dissipated. After setting up our tent and hammock, we relaxed at our campsite and talked with some cool folks from LA for the rest of the evening.

Saturday morning we woke up early to go explore Havasu Falls before the crowds. The water was too cold for us to swim comfortably, so we just hung out in the natural pools. For lunch we had Indian Tacos at the local food stand, then went down to Mooney Falls. To my surprise, it was even more spectacular than Havasu Falls (and twice the size). It legitimately took my breath away. We went to bed early that night so that we could wake up at 4am to get in line early for the helicopter.

On Sunday morning, we woke up at the crack of dawn to hike to the village. We were 8th in line for the helicopter, so we just had to wait until they opened to ride out. Since there was no cell phone service in the Grand Canyon, you’re forced to be in the moment. I had so many enriching conversations while hanging out on the Grand Canyon floor. It was a much needed unplug from the matrix. The helicopter ride out was short, but offered incredible views. This was a trip of a lifetime, 10/10.

DISCLAIMER: Reservations are required! For a full comprehensive guide on Havasu Falls, check here.