There are those certain trips that you always think about doing, and hear such amazing things about, but never seem to work out. Well, the Havasu Falls hike was one of those trip for myself until recently. I friend called me up to inform me that she had an extra permit and that I was invited. Needless to say, I was on my way to the bottom of the Grand Canyon.

DO: Make camping reservations well in advance with the Havasupai Indian Tribe. Also, plan extra time for the drive out on route 66 so you can stop and check out the Grand Canyon Caverns, as well as the cool old diners and stores along the way. Lastly, do not forget to bring lots and lots of water, as temperatures climb dangerously high early in the day.

TIP: When looking for a camp site below Havasu Falls do not settle for the first one you seen; walk further down towards Mooney Falls to get a spot with a better view and less people around. Keep your food inside your tent away from the feral dogs and horses.

BRING: Everything you would need for a overnight backpack trip, and some type of shoe that’s good for walking in the water.