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We scored a hard-to-get reservation to Havasupai next week. If you haven’t heard of it, Havasupai Falls are these huge beautiful sets of waterfalls at the bottom of the Grand Canyon on an Indian Reservation. We used to go in high school and college a lot and it is amazing. You go for 4 or 5 days, camp, hike, swim in the clear blue pools and go cliff jumping. It is like a little hidden oasis in the middle of the hot desert. The only catch is it is a little tricky to get there. You can backpack the 12 miles in (the start point is a five hour drive from Las Vegas or Phoenix) or they have a helicopter service that flies in and out every few days. Once you get there the campgrounds are really affordable but you usually have to call in February to book them. We miraculously got some last month after a someone else cancelled theirs. I’ve been planning my packing list which includes a swimsuit and sunscreen (That’s all I need, right?) Here are some of the items I’ve been browsing from Target. I can’t wait to jump into those crystal blue pools! Have you ever been to Havasupai?

Swimsuits / One / Two / Three / Four / Five / Six

Flip Flops / One / Two

Swim Suit Cover Ups / One / Two / Three

Vera Scarves / One / Two / Three / Four / Five / Six

Havasupai Photo by Bryan Brazil

  1. Katy @ All Sorts of Pretty

    June 6, 2013

    Ah, so jealous! I’ve always wanted to go! We’re headed to your great city while you’re gone and I shared what I plan to wear on the loooong flight from Atlanta here:

  2. Molly

    June 6, 2013

    Inspired by Edward Abbey’s writings, my sister I hiked down there a couple of years ago. As east coasters we were in awe of all of the desert, but Havasupai was something special and we didn’t want to leave. One of my happiest moments was just sitting in the river by the campsites and listening to the canyon wrens sing. The mules are pretty amazing, too. When we left the rim the mules were being loaded up with the mail and groceries for the town below and along the way we saw the mules, on their own, heading up the canyon, home. It was surreal.

    Have an amazing trip!

  3. Sue

    June 6, 2013

    This has been on my bucket list for quite some time, and I finally made it there in April. The weather was perfect. We hiked in and only stayed one night at the campground. In hindsight, I wish we would have stayed at least two. Next time. I thought the cliff jumpers were crazy tho—so was funny to read about it in your post. I guess that is a normal thing to do there then. Good luck—and have a great time!

  4. Sarah

    June 6, 2013

    Oh my! That looks amazing. I wish I could go!!!

  5. Audrey - This Little Street

    June 6, 2013

    Love Havasupai, one of my favorite places! When I was in college my crazy host family and I decided to hike down to the falls on Thanksgiving weekend. It was CRAZY COLD that weekend (it went all the way down to 32 degree at night and all we had was our sleeping bags, no tent!), so no jumping in the blue pools of water for us…..but sitting by them was just as magical! Have a blast 🙂

  6. Morgan

    June 6, 2013

    We were engaged at Havasupai! The hubby ‘surprised’ me with the 12 mile hike (you can imagine my initial reaction) in December with snow on the ground. But it was absolutely stunning and I can’t wait to go back now. Might hike in and helicopter out this time around ;).

  7. cat

    June 6, 2013

    AMAZING but how does one get to the trailhead from the airport?
    I hope there’s a bus because it sounds like an unfortunate money pit to leave a rental car sitting in a lot for the number of days that you’re camping…

  8. Jess

    June 6, 2013

    Have a fun trip! Those Vera scarves are just lovely. xox

  9. Kayli Schattner

    June 6, 2013

    My boyfriend and I have been wanting to do this hike for a while now and will (hopefully) make the trip out this summer! Is it only a specific campground that you have to make reservations at?? We were told my some friends of ours that if you backpack in you can just keep hiking down for more spots. Definitely something I’ll further look into now! Also, loving those Vera scarves too! Too cute. Have fun on your trip!

  10. Melinda's Musings

    June 6, 2013

    That photograph is beautiful! Definitely makes me want to go there. Have a wonderful trip!

  11. Anni

    June 6, 2013

    Wow, I’ve never heard of Havasupai (total Midwestern girl here) but it sounds just beautiful. I wonder if they do weddings? Seems like it would be the most amazing place to photograph a wedding/elopement.

  12. Ana

    June 6, 2013

    There are some places on earth you can barely imagine that they are real. This looks just AMAZING!

  13. Cheryl

    June 6, 2013

    I’m so jealous that you’re hiking the Grand Canyon! I lived in AZ for 14 yrs and NEVER did it – so regret it. Enjoy those waterfalls!

  14. Rachelle

    June 6, 2013

    Ooooh, lucky you, Jordan! I have that first Target bathing suit in blue/white stripes and have gotten so many complements on it. I just pulled out a vintage Vera scarf and had no idea that they’re bringing them back — so cool. Off to look into Havasupai for next summer 🙂

  15. Barbara De Rousseau

    June 7, 2013

    We just got back!! It was on my husband’s bucket list. I went reluctantly but am so glad we went. I love your selection of clothing, but to be honest….NO ONE will be so put together! The trails are dusty and it will likely be very warm. I wore lightweight hiking shorts, GOOD hiking boots with wonderful wool socks, a t-shirt and a hat almost the entire time. It is important to bring Tevas or something like them. We brought our own breakfast bars, fruit and snacks for during the day. We stayed at the Lodge. All food is incredibly expensive and sparse there. There are only two places to eat in town. We preferred walking back to the entrance to town and eating there as opposed to the place in the center of town. The falls and the pools are spectacular! Be sure to read the “fine print” about having cash to pay the “Eco/Park” Entrance fee. Can’t wait to read your thoughts about accessing some of the falls!! Yikes! It just occurred to me that you have children. You might want to read about some of the hikes before undertaking them with kids. VERY intense. Hope you have a wonderful trip!

  16. Liese | lipstickandsoda

    June 7, 2013

    that looks beautiful! however, i’m going to be seeing waterfalls in Iceland very soon, so that’s not too bad, is it?! thanks for sharing!

  17. Rebecca

    June 7, 2013

    the falls look so incredible!! and those vera scarves are beautiful.

    Rebecca @ tr[i]b[e]cca

  18. April

    June 7, 2013

    I live in Arizona and have been to the Grand Canyon and other areas around it several times, and it is absolutely gorgeous! You and your family will LOVE it! Hope you all have a wonderful experience 😀

  19. Shell

    June 8, 2013

    Wow! What an amazing looking place. I love Arizona, so next time I make it there, I’m going to try and book well ahead for this oasis 🙂

  20. Sarah Miller

    June 8, 2013

    I have been there!!! And it is wonderful!!! I actually did the entire hike (both in and out). The hikes isn’t too hard, but those waterfalls? They are the most magically things I’ve ever seen. I have traveled a lot…all over, but it is definitely one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been. Have fun and take LOTS of pictures!

  21. Carol F.

    June 10, 2013

    How wonderful for you to have such a tradition! I am from Phoenix and have hiked Havasupai 4x, starting in high school. Love it! You are right, all you need is a swim suit, something to slip over, good hiking shoes, and some dried food. My husband and I will take our kids one day. Have a blast!

  22. amy

    June 10, 2013

    Just went to Havasupai last month! it is incredible. still recovering from blisters but i have no regrets. You will love it! 🙂

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