The Havasu Wilderness offers opportunities for wildlife-dependent recreation, and is a popular hiking destination. Camping and open fires are not permitted. For more information on recreational opportunities in the Havasu Wilderness, please contact the Refuge office.
Climate and Special Equipment Needs
The best time to visit Havasu Wilderness is during the cooler months: October through March. Temperatures then are conducive to outdoor activities. Nights can get chilly, so prepare accordingly. Daytime highs are typically in the 60s and 70s; nighttime lows are usually above 40°. Rain showers are not uncommon during December - February but tend to be of short duration and low intensity. Even in the winter, visitors should bring lots of water.
Simply put, summers at Havasu Wilderness are hot. June through September see average daytime temperatures of 115 degrees Fahrenheit. For those adventurous few who may opt for a visit during the summer, be sure to prepare for the dangerously high temperatures. Copious amounts of water are needed, even when not engaged in any physical activity (usually 1 gallon per day). Hats, sunglasses, long-sleeves, and loose-fitting clothing are highly recommended along with ample sunscreen.
Safety and Current Conditions
Safety is paramount in a desert environment. Plan your trip well in advance and come prepared for the time of year you will be visiting. It is also suggested to you notify your family members/friends of your arrival and departure information and who to contact in case of emergency. Bring lots of water, even in winter.