• 5 Days/4 Nights
  • Next Departure: Mar 19, 2017
  • From $2,598 / person
  • ($280 single supplement) Children: $2,298 (Must be at least 10 years old)

Arizona South Rim & Havasupai Adventure

Awaken your eight-year-old self on this action-packed, small group trip-of-a-lifetime from Grand Canyon National Park to the turquoise-blue waters of Havasupai. Journey from the sweeping vistas of Grand Canyon’s South Rim to the trailhead of Hualapai Canyon for an unforgettable trek down to the Native American village of Supai. Past the village, the canyon opens up as the refreshing sound of flowing water sets the perfect backdrop for endless adventures. Settle into our cozy basecamp nestled beside Havasu Creek below towering red walls in the shade of cottonwood trees, and spend the rest of these dreamy days exploring the hidden gems of Havasupai as our expert guides introduce you to majestic waterfalls, fascinating geological history and lush, dripping grottos. Discover fossils in Carbonate Canyon, swim to your heart’s content, and then relax over freshly-prepared gourmet meals back at camp as the desert sky fills with countless stars. All the while, Austin’s signature touch of inspired, thoughtful service invites you to unwind and soak in every last minute of this all-inclusive Arizona vacation package.

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  • Adult Only Vacations
  • Hiking

Activity Level: Moderate

This Tour

Your five-day Grand Canyon adventure kicks off at Grand Canyon National Park's South Rim, where breathtaking views await. From here, travel to Hualapai Canyon for a once-in-a-lifetime trek that takes you from the rim to the Native American village of Supai. Spend the rest of your time exploring narrow side canyons, underwater grotto's and gardens of ferns and watercress, pausing to soak up the awe-inspiring overlooks of the Grand Canyon before relaxing at your basecamp beside Havasu Creek, accessible only by foot.

  • Send a postcard from the Native American village of Supai, the last mule-powered postal service in the US
  • Pause for a dip at the base of the 100-foot Havasu Falls
  • Experience for yourself "One of the Top Ten Day Hikes in the US", according to Outside Magazine, as you wade across blue streams and through lush meadows of wild grapevines on your way to Beaver Falls
  • Search for fossils and explore a historic mine in the depths of Carbonate Canyon
  • Soak your feet in the mineral-rich waters of Havasu Creek as you read a book or simply get swept away by the canyon's stillness
  • By night, feast on a delectable dinner and wallow in the quiet comfort of your deluxe basecamp, tucked away against the walls of the Grand Canyon
Havasupai adventure vacation
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This trip far exceeded our expectations. Havasupai falls were so beautiful.

Michael B Tampa, FL

Professionally done First class equipment and food Good organization

Preston H Santa Clara, UT

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Day 1: Scottsdale / Grand Canyon South Rim
Arizona Vacations
Meals Included:  L, D

This morning, we depart Scottsdale at 8:00 am for a drive up north to Grand Canyon National Park (4 hour transfer). Enter in through the east entrance and stop off at Desert View Watchtower for your first magnificent panoramic vista of the Grand Canyon and a delicious picnic lunch with a "grand" view. Another half hour's drive brings us to South Kaibab Trailhead, where we hike down into the canyon for our first taste of what life below the rim is like. After reaching Cedar Ridge at 1.5 miles, we turn around and trek back slowly the way we came. Late afternoon, check into your room for some relaxation time before dinner at El Tovar.


About Thunderbird or Kachina Lodge
Built in the late 1960's Kachina Lodge sits directly on the rim of the Grand Canyon. For guests seeking a more contemporary lodging option, Kachina lodge is a great choice. The guest rooms have a comfortable modern ambiance and are all similar in size and amenities. Many guests choose Kachina due to its prominent location in the center of the South Rim Village historic district. It's a great choice for active guests as it is located directly on the Rim Trail. This trail spans from Hermits Rest to the Kaibab Trailhead, approximately 12.8 miles. From your room you can hike in either direction.

Day 2: Grand Canyon South Rim / Hualapai Hilltop / Supai Village
Havasupai Trail
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Deluxe Havasu Base Camp

Wake early for a 6:00 AM departure time from South Rim Village for our three hour drive to the Havasupai trailhead. Hualapai (pronounced "Walapai") Hilltop is perched on the edge of the Canyon and is the only land travel access to Havasupai. Starting at 5,100 feet, the trail begins with switchbacks until it reaches a dry streambed where it begins to level out. After a trailside lunch, descend deeper into the Canyon's red sandstone labyrinth. At mile eight, the Canyon begins to widen and the vegetation turns lush as you enter the village of Supai, the most remote village in the U.S., where the mail still arrives by packhorse! Here at 3,200 feet, cottonwood-lined paths lead us through the village and into the Canyon's backcountry. An easy two mile hike to our base camp takes us past a new 75-foot waterfall, 35-foot Rock Falls, and 100-foot Havasu Falls ”“ swimming beneath each during your stay here is a must! At base camp, your guides will set up a backcountry kitchen and help you set up your oversized tent and plush sleeping pads before preparing dinner. After settling in, enjoy some free time to explore around camp on your own. Sleep under the stars or retire to your spacious tent for a restful night's sleep.


About Deluxe Havasu Base Camp
A well-appointed Base Camp in the Grand Canyon, Deluxe Havasu Base Camp is situated near a 100-foot waterfall. Fully-provisioned and thoughtfully appointed, the camp is equipped with freshly laundered sleeping bags, camp chairs, a wash station and picnic tables. Imagine dining on a photo-worthy gourmet spread and being lulled to sleep by the sound of rushing water in a private roomy tent outfitted with an ultra-comfortable camp mat.

Day 3 & 4: Adventure and relaxation in the "Gem of the Grand Canyon"
Havasu waterfalls
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Deluxe Havasu Base Camp

Awaken in our base camp, nestled along a stream, beneath towering cottonwood trees and a short walk to enormous waterfalls. You will find fresh brewed coffee and a hearty breakfast waiting in the camp kitchen. Every morning and afternoon your guides will lead you on some of the most spectacular hikes in the world.Clamber up narrow side canyons with red rock walls towering thousands of feet overhead. Cross tropical blue streams and wade through lush meadows of wild grapevines. Even take a swim beside a 200 ft. waterfall. Each day you will dine on healthy, hearty meals prepared by your guides. All the hikes are optional and you are welcome to skip any. You can just spend a lazy afternoon or morning reading a book by the creek. Remember, it's your vacation, make of it what you wish. We have options from high adventure to peaceful relaxation.

Day 5: Back to the rim / Scottsdale
Arizona Vacations
Meals Included:  B, L
Overnight: No Overnight

The scenery and magic of the canyon will make you never want to leave, but after breakfast, it's time to conquer the Canyon! Today's hike is a rigorous one, but the exhilaration of reaching the rim is a feeling you won't forget. Hikers can expect to arrive at the rim around 2:00 pm. If you don't want to hike out of the Canyon, you have an option to helicopter or ride horses back to the Hualapai Hilltop (extra charges apply). We will return to Scottsdale between 6:00 and 8:00 PM.

* The minimum age limit on this trip is 10 years old.

** It is against Havasupai Tribal Law to bring alcohol onto their reservation. Additionally, no glass bottles are allowed.

*** Trip itineraries are subject to change without notice due to road, weather and other factors outside of our control, for the safety and enjoyment of our guests, as deemed necessary and appropriate by Austin Adventures and Arizona Outback Adventures.

Dates, Rates
& Details

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Due to a recent increase in entry, environmental and licensing fees we have had to increase our price for 2017. We apologize for the inconvenience

  • 5 Days/4 Nights
  • Next Departure: Mar 19, 2017
  • From $2,598 / person
  • ($280 single supplement) Children: $2,298 (Must be at least 10 years old)

Confirmed Departures

  • Mar 19, 2017 - Mar 23, 2017
  • Apr 12, 2017 - Apr 16, 2017
  • May 14, 2017 - May 18, 2017
  • Jun 8, 2017 - Jun 12, 2017
  • Sep 21, 2017 - Sep 25, 2017

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Additional Trip Information


Day one of your itinerary starts at 8:00 am in the lobby of the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Old Town Scottsdale. After hiking out of the canyon on Day 5, you can expect to reach the rim around 2:00 pm. Your trip ends with a drop-off at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Old Town Scottsale between 6:00 and 8:00 pm. If you are flying out of Scottsdale on Day 5, please make your reservations for 10:00 pm or later.

If you do not wish to hike out of the canyon, you have an option to horseback ride or helicopter back to the Hualapai Hilltop (extra charges apply). Expect to arrive in Phoenix between 6:00 and 8:00 pm, regardless of hiking, horseback riding, or taking a helicopter out of the canyon.


Hiking: Intermediate to advanced - up to 10 miles at time. Mileage for the entire trip generally ranges between 20 and 35 miles.

Backcountry gourmet – our guides are experts on how to prepare and present culinary creations. Expect hearty, healthy meals with fresh vegetables, fruits and proteins. If you have any special dietary needs or restrictions, we can easily accommodate – just let us know when you book your adventure. Meals are included as indicated in the daily itinerary. (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner).  

Included in the Trip Price

Lodging on Night 1 at the Thunderbird Lodge (double occupancy)
Fully equipped base camp with tents, sleeping pads, sleeping bags, and amenities
All meals from lunch on Day 1 to Lunch on the last day
Fully trained, first-aid certified professional guides and knowledgeable local partners.
Havasupai reservation & overnight permits, taxes, dining, & housekeeping.
Grand Canyon National Park entrance fee.
Packhorses to carry your gear and supplies.
Vehicle support and land transportation during the trip.
Austin Adventures T-shirt, water bottle, luggage tags and luggage service.
Pre-departure and packing information.
Incidental expenses such as taxes, dining and housekeeping gratuities, local partner and expert gratuities and national park entrance and permit fees.

Not Included in the Trip Price

Gratuities to Austin Adventures guides.
Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities.
Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses.
Air and land transportation to/from host cities.
All types of personal insurance.
Personal expenses.


With over 20-years of experience in the adventure travel industry, we've perfected the recipe for crafting award-winning small group trips and custom itineraries on all seven continents. On every departure, we aim to exceed your expectations with best-in-class service, expert guides and the finest in regional cuisine and accommodations. From first-time travelers to seasoned alumni, our guests agree that on each Austin Adventures journey , the hardest part truly is going home. We're happy to share that 99.26% of these travelers say they'd join us again...and again...and again. But don't take our word for it. Our guests say it best:

Overall, the trip was excellent. Our guides really made the trip unique an interesting.

Matthew S, Kingston Springs, TN

It was the best trip ever the guides did everything to guarantee a superb experience

Christine W, Mountain View, CA

Excellent guides, fabulous food. (Exceeded expectations for "camp" food.)

Mary M, Toronto, ON

Excellent! Very pleasant and wonderful experience!

Demetrios B, Astoria, NY

Enjoyed all the hikes, cooking, organization. Amazing place.

Sabine S, Granger, IN
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A few more reasons why you've gotta go
  • 1. The botany: Learn the names of desert plantlife, such as barrel cactus, sacred datura, broom snakeweed, and crimson monkeyflower.
  • 2. The stars: Take a look at the black night sky as you search for hundreds of constellations in a place where city lights do not exist.
  • 3. The adventure: Find your way down the twisting narrow caves, steep ladders, iron handholds, and lengthy chains of the 200-foot high limestone cliffs bordering infamous Mooney Falls.
  • 4. The history: From “The People of the Blue Green Water” to the intricate layers of Grand Canyon, discover the colorful traditions and whimsical geology of Red Rock Country.
  • 5. In-the-field expertise: From sharing regional folklore to orchestrating seamless group dynamics, our guides keep their eyes on the details, ensuring that the hardest part of your vacation truly is going home.

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