by Ben the Grate
March 25, 2002
The campground could NOT be more scenic! Your tent will either be pushed right up against the 2000-foot red sandstone cliff of the canyon wall, or across the trail next to deep, clear Havasu Creek. Trees shade every campsite.
There IS drinkable water at the campsite coming from Fern Spring, halfway down the campsite against the canyon wall. The tribe says they constantly monitor the quality of the water, but I don't believe it. Still, I never treat the water and it's never made me sick.
There are fire rings at some sites. For the rest you will have to use a camp stove, as no open fires are allowed.
There are pit toilets (bring your own TP and a clothespin for your nose!) which fill to overflowing in high season, so be careful.
The cost for camping is a steep $15 per person per night, and there are usually a couple of Indians at the campground entrance to check your permit and make sure you paid.
MAKE SURE, if you go in high season, that you have a campground reservation! THIS IS CRITICAL! Call 520-448-2141 to make reservations (keep trying for a few days if you can't get through, the phone lines blow down frequently.) You may be turned around at the end of a 12 mile hike and sent back to your car if you don't!
From journal Havasupai: the OTHER Grand Canyon