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Post by Ania » May 07 2009 3:03 pm

I'm hiking the Havasu Falls this summer. However, we have decided to arrive on Friday somewhere close by and stay the night and then early in the morning start the hike on Saturday. I was wondering if anyone can recommend a hotel/motel and an area. We will be coming from Phoenix. It was recommended to stay in Peach Springs, but by looking at the map posted here with directions, it appears we would be getting farther away. Wouldn't staying in Williams or Grand Canyon make more sense? I'm thinking at least Williams is on the way and by looking at the map, Grand Canyon is closer even if we need to turn around. Anybody??? Thank you! Anna

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Post by JoelHazelton » May 07 2009 3:08 pm

Ania- You will actually drive quite close to Peach Springs on the way to Havasupai. You turn onto the 66 at Seligman, then take the 66 to tribal road 18 which is right before you hit Peach Springs. My recommendation, however, would be to just camp at the trailhead.
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Post by azbackpackr » May 07 2009 3:18 pm

I don't recommend either one. I would say motel at Grand Canyon Caverns, which is very close to the turnoff for the Supai road, or camp at their campground. The restaurant is not bad, either. We always eat there after the trip and get the salad bar or veggie burger, pie, etc.

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Post by rally_toad » May 07 2009 4:28 pm

When I went a few years ago, we slept in the Hualapai Hill Parking lot the night before.
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Post by big_load » May 07 2009 6:01 pm

We camped out on Hualapai Hilltop, too, not far from where they line up the mules. It's not the best campsite ever, but it has a great view.

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Post by JimmyLyding » May 07 2009 8:05 pm

I've always stayed at Grand Canyon Caverns. They have a life-size representation of a giant sloth. Hualapai Hilltop obviously has the advantage of being *much* closer to the trailhead, but I've heard that security is a concern there.

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Post by writelots » May 08 2009 10:06 am

I love staying in Seligman. Not as close as Grand Canyon Caverns - but there are some great kitchy old motels in the area, and Lilo's Westside Cafe has some of the best pre- and post- hike food anywhere. But, then, I'm driving from Tucson, so just the trip to Seligman is 5 hours easy - just about when I'm ready to stop for a while! It's over an hour to the TH from there. I stayed in Peach Springs once, found the rooms very over priced and lacking in any flavor, and the restauraunt was only eh.
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Post by Ania » May 08 2009 12:56 pm

Thanks for the replies. I think they overcharge for the rooms also at the Hualapai Lodge ($110) per night. I think maybe because they don't have any competition. So there is a possibility of camping at the Hualapai Hilltop? However, it would be nice to take a shower before the hike and have nice breakfast :)

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Post by Ania » May 08 2009 1:06 pm

Also, I was wondering how long does it "really" take to get down to the falls and the return back up? I understand everyone hikes at a different pace but I'm trying to figure out an average...

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Post by big_load » May 08 2009 1:12 pm

We got to the falls in about three hours at a relaxed pace. The hardest part was fine, deep sand near town, but there may be less of that after the flood. (Around here they call that sugar sand). It took a little over 4 hours to get out, and it was snowing heavily.

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Post by nonot » May 08 2009 3:21 pm

My times were very close to big load's. However my friends took their sweet time and didn't arrive in camp until 45-60 minutes after I had secured a campsite.

I'd put most people in decent shape at 3-4 hours down 4-6 out, unless you take a chopper or horse.
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Post by nonot » May 08 2009 3:22 pm

Oh, "camping" on the hilltop usually indicates sleeping on the parking lot, possibly between other cars. There may be a prime spot right next to the port-a-potties though ;)
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Post by Ania » May 08 2009 3:58 pm

:lol: ok. I'll pass on camping by the port-a-potties. I think I'll stay at a hotel "nearby".

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Post by big_load » May 08 2009 6:46 pm

nonot wrote:Oh, "camping" on the hilltop usually indicates sleeping on the parking lot,
We were out on the ledge. It was the kind of spot where you have to think twice before stepping out of the tent.

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Post by TwoWeims » May 08 2009 8:33 pm

writelots wrote:Lilo's Westside Cafe has some of the best pre- and post- hike food anywhere
I second the part about Lilo's. Don't miss that. :bigth:
I've never stayed in the area. Being form Prescott, it is not that far of a drive.

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Post by Ania » May 09 2009 5:57 pm

Awesome! Great info! Thanks. :)

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Post by base871 » May 11 2009 4:54 pm

There is the aztec inn in Seligman, only has 8 rooms but its only 38 bucks a night. Nice folks who own it too.
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Post by WilliamnWendi » Feb 25 2012 8:48 am

I am curious about "Claiming a spot". Everyone talks about "Leaving from the top early" or "Hiking fast" in order to claim the good spots. How does the actual "Claiming" work. How do you know if (assuming you get there early) which spots, if occupied, are opening up? Do they have a way of letting you know which sites are opening up. I've read that the spots closest to the falls are the primo, so I'll be shooting for those but I am not sure what protocol is.
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Post by trekkin_gecko » Feb 25 2012 9:29 am

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Post by WilliamnWendi » Feb 25 2012 9:34 am

Sweet!
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