Important Information for November 2023 Reservation Holders
Please read carefully and ensure that all members of your reservation group understand and agree to the following information. Once in Supai, please follow all tribal guide instructions.
It is the responsibility of each tourist to bring the necessary gear and equipment for camping. The tribe does not offer or sell tents, sleeping bags, heaters or other camping supplies. The store stocks a limited number of food items, but you should bring your own food, water, etc. Plan accordingly for changes in weather, the Reservation can experience high temperatures, wind and rain.
Please respect the sovereignty of the Havasupai Tribe and abide by all posted signage and instructions from the rangers. Only hike in designated areas. Leave no trace (Pack It In, Pack It Out).
CHECK-IN PROCESS - Grand Canyon Caverns Inn
Check-in for all permit reservations will take place at Grand Canyon Caverns Inn, located at Mile Marker 115, Route 66 near Seligman, Arizona 86434. The trip leader must check-in for all members of their group. The trip leader may check-in starting on the day before your arrival date through the end of your permit date. If you arrive and check-in a day or two late, you still must exit the canyon on your original departure date.
No refunds or rescheduling of dates will be issued.
The check-in office is located around the back of the Inn lobby when you walk through the main doors or you can access it by entering from the back of the building. There will be signs. The check-in office is open every day from 8am - 5pm.
The trip leader will need to provide photo ID to receive all permits, wristbands, bag tags, and an entrance form, which will need to be completed and shown to the Havasupai Reservation boundary checkpoint staff and/or the Tourist Office employee stationed at Hilltop.
You can start the hike on any day of your reservation and you must depart on or before the last day of your reservation. There is no refund for unused days. The trail will be open for hiking 24 hours a day. Please use caution as assistance may not be readily available during non-business hours.
All members of the group will be asked to show all required paperwork (see above) at the Havasupai Reservation boundary checkpoint, approximately 5 miles from Hilltop (the trailhead). There will be no congregating at the checkpoint so please make sure all members of your group have the required paperwork. Please follow directions and signs at the checkpoint.
If you will be parking a vehicle at Hilltop, you will need to indicate the license plate number of each vehicle on your check-in information. Please note that the Tribe is not responsible for vehicles parked at Hilltop.
There are no new mule reservations. If you have previously made a mule reservation, it will be confirmed at check-in. Mule reservations are non-refundable. If you intend to use this service, you must ensure your packs and supplies are the proper weight and size for your mule reservation.
Please note: There is NO camping at Hilltop. That includes no sleeping in your vehicle at Hilltop. There is limited parking at the trailhead. Additional parking is available along the road leading to the trailhead. The Tribe is not responsible for vehicles parked at Hilltop.
Vaccination status or negative test results are not required at this time. However, the Tribe requires all visitors wear a mask while in Supai Village and in all public areas including the store and the café. Please bring your own mask. Failure to comply may result in immediate removal from the Reservation at your expense and immediate loss of your privilege of visiting the Reservation and the waterfalls. The Tribe reserves the right to suspend tourism at any time for non-compliance. The Tribe reserves the right to update its COVID protocols at any time which may include the suspension of tourism for non-compliance of the mask requirement.
STORE AND CAFE
The store and the cafe will be open to tourists during normal operating hours. It is possible that there will be occupancy restrictions, please abide by all signage and onsite instructions. Please wear your mask at all times while in the store or the cafe.
Please continue to visit our official Facebook tourism page for updates and information. And as always, please visit www.havasupaireservations.com for updated information. This website is owned and controlled by the Tribe. If you have any questions related to the Tribe’s tourism activities, please reach out to [email protected].
The Havasupai Tourism Office
Havasupai Tribal Council Notice: December 23, 2022
Please consider this message as an official communication from the Havasupai Tribe.
This is important information that the Havasupai Tribe would like to share regarding tourism. As you are aware, as a result of the pandemic and in order to protect the health and safety of our Tribal members, we closed our Reservation in March 2020. With limited access to meaningful healthcare, closing the reservation was the best way to keep our community safe and healthy. We have remained closed to tourists since that time.
On October 1, 2022, the Tribe also experienced severe flooding, which destroyed several bridges and trails that are needed not only for our tourists, but the everyday movement of goods and services into Supai Village.
Also impacting tourism were ongoing issues the Tribe experienced with the individual and company the Tribe had contracted with to provide online tourism operations and customer service. The individual and company’s failure to cooperate with the Tribe has ultimately led to an ongoing legal matter and required the Tribe to engage with a new tourism operator and spend significant time and financial resources rebuilding the online tourism platform in order to be ready for the anticipated opening of the 2023 tourism season.
This individual and company has denied the Tribe access to the tourism credit card processing application, impacting the Tribe’s ability to issue credit card reimbursements for transferred permits. As a result, any tourist who booked a reservation before August 12, 2022 and sold the reservation via the official transfer system after August 12, 2022 will be issued a hard-copy check for reimbursement. We are aware that there have been a few incidents where tourists have been unable to cash the reimbursement check. Our new third-party tourism operator and the Tribe’s chief financial officer are working diligently to address this issue.
This has been a trying experience for all involved and we appreciate your patience as we move through this transition. However, there are many positive things as a result. While you may see downed trees on the trails where the flood crashed through, you will also see flourishing flora and fauna and new waterfall flows. This is truly a great time to visit and please know that we are eager to welcome tourists back to our beautiful Reservation starting February 1, 2023 for current permit holders.
We are also excited to share that the Tribe has launched its official Facebook tourism page, www.facebook.com/HavasupaiTribeTourismOfficial. There are countless Havasupai-related pages on Facebook, however, these are not operated or authorized by the Tribe. Please visit and like our tourism page where official information regarding tourism can be found.
And as always, please visit www.havasupaireservations.com for updated information. This website is owned and controlled by the Tribe.
If you have any questions related to the Tribe’s tourism activities, please reach out to [email protected].
We hope you have a safe and happy holiday season.
The Havasupai Tribe
Havasupai Tribe Provides Testimony at United States Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources; Time is Now to Protect the Grand Canyon
Hearing on S. 387, To protect, for current and future generations, the watershed, ecosystem, and cultural heritage of the Grand Canyon region in the State of Arizona, to provide for a study relating to the uranium stockpile in the United States, and for other purposes.
Havasupai Tribe Vaccination Incentive Program
The Havasupai Tribal Council has approved a vaccination incentive program to encourage all members to get vaccinated.
Click here for more information and eligibility requirements.
Congress Must Act to Save the Havasupai Tribe from Extinction
Written by Chairwoman Kissoon in an opinion piece for Newsweek:
"We have seen the irreparable damage uranium mining can do. For generations we have been at the forefront, working to permanently protect our homelands from uranium mining, which has disproportionately harmed and sickened Indigenous people across northern Arizona. The Senate has the power to protect not only our Grand Canyon home and our waters, but also the health and safety of our tribe and the people of the Southwest from the life-threatening effects of uranium mining. We urge the Senate to do the right thing and protect the Grand Canyon now and for future generations."
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