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NOTICE DUE TO COVID-19: It is our standard procedure to stop at Havasu Canyon to explore the lower part of Havasu Canyon and to take a swim in Havasu Creek. Approximately, eight miles up the canyon from where we visit is the border of the Havasupai Reservation. The Havasupai Nation has completely closed its borders and has issued a notice that it does not want anyone to visit any portion of Havasu Canyon. In response to this “notice”, Grand Canyon National Park has requested that all river runners voluntarily choose to bypass Havasu.
Western River Expeditions is choosing to honor the request made by the National Park Service and, for now, will not be stopping at Havasu Canyon.
We understand that this may have been one of the activities that drew you to Grand Canyon and that this announcement may come as a disappointment. Please know that there are so many awe inspiring places to stop and visit in Grand Canyon that no matter what we do or where we stop, it will always be one of the premier life experiences anyone can have. Each trip will still have an itinerary bursting with scenic stops each day exploring the uncounted number of incredible places we pass through. As our guides will attest, it would take a lifetime to explore all of the extraordinary sites in Grand Canyon. On every trip, we pick and choose the best of these based on communication with other groups, the abilities and preferences of travelers on our trip, and how much we can fit in each day. Our guides know the Canyon intimately and, as always, will make their best effort to reveal its wonder to you and provide the best trip experience possible.
Western River Expeditions offers 6-7 day rafting trips through Grand Canyon which can include half a day spent exploring the first two miles of Havasu Creek where it meets the Colorado River. If you want to visit Havasu Creek with Western River Expeditions, you'll need to be willing to spend 5-6 days rafting 150+ miles of the actual Grand Canyon, seeing all kinds of other amazing waterfalls and sights the Grand Canyon has to offer. If that interests you, then keep reading - or give us a call!
HAVASU CREEK IS NOT EASILY ACCESSIBLE - Grand Canyon and Havasu Creek are not for individuals looking for a day trip with inner-tube floats and easy strolls. Please keep reading before calling.
We DO NOT offer guided backpacking tours.If you want to hike to Havasu Falls from the rim of the Grand Canyon, be prepared for an 8 mile backpack trek from the rim of Grand Canyon through the Havasupai Indian Reservation. You will need to contact them for a hiking permit. Learn more on sites like NPS.gov and others.
A few popular viral videos seem to depict the Grand Canyon as easily swimmable through turquoise waters. In reality, only about 100 yards of Havasu Creek are depicted in one 30 second video, making it appear that ALL 10 miles of Havasu Creek are easily swimmable, or accessible by kayak or raft. We love to explore the lower section of Havasu Canyon, but exploring all 10 miles of Havasu Creek is a significant endeavor with elevation gain and rough hiking trails between each pool along the creek.