The Grand Canyon is one of nature's greatest works of art. The Grand Canyon has been carved out and sculptured by the Colorado River over millions of years. The Canyon is some 277 miles long and up to 18 miles wide and the Grand Canyon is a hotspot for North American wildlife. But not all the famous landmark is in the Grand Canyon National Park - parts of it are also in the Kaibab National Forest, the Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument, the Navajo Nation, the Hualapai Indian Reservation, and the Havasupai Indian Reservation.

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While most people go straight to the national park, few take the time to see the other areas. The Havasupai Indian Reservation is surrounded entirely by the Grand Canyon National Park and is considered one of America's most remote (and stunning) Indian reservations. Visiting the reservation is worthwhile but also tricky. Only a limited number of tourists are permitted into the reservation and tickets can sell out fast.

What To Know About The Havasupai Indian Reservation

The process of the Colorado River sculpting the Grand Canyon has been at work for around 5-6 million years. In that time, the river has carved down through around 2 billion years of earth's geological history. Some of the best of it are located on the Havasupai Indian Reservation inside the national park. The topography of the reservation is plateau county that's dissected with deep canyons.

The Cataract Canyon is particularly notable for its high concentrations of travertine in Havasu creek and is the largest individual side canyon of the Grand Canyon. The main settlement is Supai which has been referred to as the remotest community in the contiguous United States. Access here is only by foot, mule, or helicopter. It is some 8 miles from the nearest road.

  • Surrounded: The Havasupai Indian Reservation is Surrounded By The Grand Canyon National Park
  • Name: Havasupai "Havasu (Means "Blue-Green Water") and Pai (Means "People")
  • Population: 636 (On The Reservation)
  • Waterfalls: Havasu Falls, Mooney Falls, and Beaver Falls

Next time one goes to the Grand Canyon, plan on visiting some attractions of the Grand Canyon outside the national park as well.

Book In Advance and Temporary Closure

One must have tribal permission to enter the reservation and these tickets can be booked out long ahead - log in and create one's account on their website HavasupaiReservations.com. It is best to plan ahead if one is planning to visit. Also, as of the time of writing (April 2022), the reservation is closed to tourism until June 2022 due to the pandemic.

  • Closed: The Havasupai Indian Reservation is Closed To Tourism Until June 2022 Due To The Pandemic

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The Havasu Falls

The main attraction in the Havasupai Indian Reservation is the Havasu Falls. It is one of the most stunning locations in all of the Grand Canyon and tickets tend to sell out within minutes of going live. As Havasu Falls is on the Havasupai Indian Reservation, one will need to get a permit to visit it. Plan ahead to get the permit, the season's dates go live on February 1 at 8 a.m.

  • Height: 90 to 100 feet or 27 to 30 Meters
  • Color: A Vivid Blue Green
  • Summer: Trail May Be Closed To Flooding or Extreme Heat - above 115 °F / 46 °C

While the Havasu Falls are the main attraction there are two more waterfalls just north of the campground on Havasu Falls Trail. Reservations for the campground and the falls are for 3 nights and 4 days - no more and no less. One will need to carry all one's gear along the trail to the campground - alternatively, one can book a pack mule to carry it instead.

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Pack Mule Transport

One of the most popular destinations on the reservation is the Havasu Falls and horses and mules have been used by the tribe as a means of transportation for hundreds of years. The mules can make one's trip to the reservation much easier (remember there are no day trips to the Havasu Falls).

All reservations must be made on their website at HavasupaiReservations.com - this includes setting up a profile.

Pack Mules (fees are per Pack Mule):

  • Cost: $400 Round-Trip: Between Hilltop Trailhead and Campground Entrance and Back
  • Maximum Weight: 32 pounds per bag And Up To 4 Bags
  • Times: Drop Bags Off By 10.00 am At Trailhead and 7.00 am At The Campground

One fun fact is that the settlement, Supai is the only place left in the United States where mail is still carried out by mules.