I typically rate campgrounds as they fit into 1 of 5 categories. This campground will be rated as a Basecamp — grounds that offer a comfortable home base that you’re happy to return to after a day of exploring the surrounding area. Ratings for this category are based on: Value to cost: 5 Overall grounds: 5 Utility of sites (hookups, layout, accessibility): 5 Local Attraction Proximity: 5 Reservation Process/Ease of Getting a Site: 3 Amenities: 5 Customer Service: 4 Cleanliness: 4
Havasupai Reservation Campgrounds are quite an experience. The trek to the grounds are 10 miles one way. The difficulty of access is what makes the experience so attractive. The physical commitment to get to this beautiful oasis on Native American land is well worth it. Getting reservations for these grounds is very, very difficult as they sell out almost as soon as they’re released. We nabbed a couple days in November and while it was chilly, we were still able to swim and the evenings were very comfortable. Exploring the area was incredible. It might seem painful to think about hiking further, but you must explore Mooney & Beaver falls, about 6 miles RT. Pack a lunch and water shoes!
The main disappointing component is the trash and vandalism left behind by visitors. We found graffiti in the way of etched names on the canyon walls and trash left behind at many camp sites. What a disappointment. People complain about the high cost of these sites but I think it’s worth every penny to pay this community to allow us access.
There is a fresh water source at the grounds but you must have plenty to make it through the 10 miles in and back. There are also primitive restrooms available.
The sites are scatted throughout the area and it’s very easy to find a remote, private location. Just make sure you’re camping on a designated site. A picnic table is a nice-to-have but not all sites have them. You will be camping near water... use the primitive restrooms, please.
As an aside, there is a option to use a helicopter or mule to shuttle your bag to the grounds. I believe you should be prepared to pack it in and out yourself. Earn the trek and you will be driven to preserve the lands. It’s about way more than a photo for your social media, it’s a special journey!