Directions to Havasu Falls
When Havasu Falls calls, your answer will have you heading to the wide open southwest United States. Once in the Grand Canyon State of Arizona, you’ll be in the northwest part of it between Phoenix, Arizona and Las Vegas, Nevada.
Havasu Falls is really remote. There are no roads for the last 10 miles. You really have to be trying to get there.
Getting to Hualapai Hilltop is the easy part: you drive there. That's where the trail to Havasu Falls head begins.
Driving to Hualapai HilltopYou’ll have Southern California to the west and New Mexico to the east if you drive along I-40. Nevada and Utah are to the north. From Phoenix, Arizona it is a beautiful ride from the Valley of the Sun up I-17 North past Sedona, Arizona.
Driving from Phoenix, Las Vegas, or southern California requires travel on Interstate 40, some scenic miles on Route 66, with Indian Road 18 consuming the last hour of your drive. IR-18 - which is not to be confused with an interstate - is a paved two lane road.
Drivers are cautioned that wildlife and livestock sometimes share the blacktop on I-18. Night drivers should take extra care. Tangling with an elk or a bovine will ruin your day.
Some maps show a road from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon directly to Haulapai Hilltop. CAUTION - that is a primitive 4 wheel drive road at best, and selecting that route will take much longer than the 3 hours you can drive from there on pavement. And good luck if you encounter any trouble on the way, as that road is rarely traversed.
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix, Arizona (PHX)
From Phoenix, drive west on I-10 to I-17 North to Flagstaff (140 miles). Then take I-40 West 75 miles to Seligman where you will find Route 66, go west. The last chance to gas up, get supplies or sleep on a bed is at Grand Canyon Caverns (GCC) about 30 miles out from Seligman. They are accomodating and conveniently located a few miles from the final turnoff.
Continuing on Route 66 about 35 miles to the Indian Road 18 turnoff on the right. There is a large sign as you make the turn that assures you that you are on the right road to Havasupai. 60 more miles gets you to Haulapai Hilltop (see below.)
McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, Nevada (LAS)
From Las Vegas, take I-215 East 1 mile to I-515/US 93 (Henderson/Lake Mead) about 10 miles. Take US 93 South, almost 9 miles, where there is a left turn to continue on US 93 S to Arizona, where 77 miles later you arrive in Kingman, AZ.Take I-40 East about 4 miles to exit 53 for State Route 66 E/Andy Devine Ave for a couple of blocks to AZ-66 E/Historic Rte 66/B-I 40. Continue to follow AZ-66 E/Historic Rte 66 for 46 miles where you pass through Peach Springs. Another 7 miles gets you to Indian Road 18, taking a left following it for about 60 miles where it ends at Haulapai Hilltop.
Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
From Los Angeles, take I-10 East to I-15 North. Follow I-15 North about 73 miles to I-40 East 207 miles to exit 53 for State Route 66 E/Andy Devine Ave for a couple of blocks to AZ-66 E/Historic Rte 66/B-I 40. Following AZ-66 E/Historic Rte 66 for 53 miles to Indian Road 18 (after passing through Peach Springs.) Take Indian Road 18 north (making a left) it for 60 miles to Haulapai Hilltop.
Parking at Hualapai Hilltop
There is a public parking area at Hualapai Hilltop. This is the common starting point for your hiking adventure into Havasu Falls, and the ending point on your way out. But don’t expect the convenience of a rest stop like you’ll find along the way on the highways.
The Hualapai Hilltop features no permanent services or amenities of any kind. There is no lodging, gasoline, or food. At times you may find opportunistic vendors selling snacks and drinks. There is no water available here for hikers and campers. Be sure to bring water for the first long stretch of your hike. It is also a good idea to make sure you plenty of gas in your vehicle’s tank before you get to this point.The parking area is generally considered safe. There is a guard who patrols the area at night. Still, exercise common sense and caution by not leaving valuables sitting in plain sight in your vehicle while you are on your hiking or camping trip.
Approximate Drive Times to Hualapai Hilltop
From Flagstaff: 3.5 hour drive