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Everything You Didn’t Know You Needed to Know About Supai, Arizona

Cheyenne Reed



There’s a good chance you’ve never heard of Supai, Arizona. When you’re a village of only about 200 people, tucked away in a southwestern branch of the Grand Canyon, it makes sense that you might not make the nightly news much. Good thing we’re here to teach you all of the interesting facts you never knew you needed to know about Supai, Arizona!

1) Supai Arizona is the Capital of the Havasupai Indian Reservation

Havasupai waterfalls in Supai, Arizona.

Officially a part of Coconino County, Supai, Arizona is nestled down in the Grand Canyon, which earns it the title of the most remote community in the lower 48 states. The village was established in 1880 and is primarily filled with Havasupai tribe members. Havasupai translates to “people of the blue-green waters,” which makes sense because…

2) Supai Arizona has 4 Blue-Green Waterfalls

Looking down a waterfall in Supai, Arizona.
Flickr User cjsett

New Navajo Falls, Fifty Foot Falls, Havasu Falls, Mooney Falls… These waterfalls are renowned for being a beautiful turquoise color. Minerals like calcium and magnesium have saturated the water. This is due to the limestone caverns underground. When the sun reflects off of those minerals, we get a beautiful blue-green color. These limestone caverns have stored the water for as long as 30,000 years.

3) Supai’s Travertine Rock Formations are Super Cool

Supai's Travertine Rock in the background of crystal blue waters.
Flickr User Dave Coppedge

We can thank the mineralized water for this cool effect, too. Water flows and deposits minerals. These minerals are then rearranged whenever it floods. These are some of the most unique formations you will find, and they’re only in the Havasu Canyon!

4) There are No Cars in the Supai Community

An old road sign to Supai, Arizona.

This makes sense because Supai, Arizona is 8 miles from any road. Options for getting to the beautiful village include a helicopter ride, horse/mule ride, and of course, hiking. Don’t forget that you’ll need to carry supplies with you on the trip in, and take all of your trash with you on the way out. Taking between 3 and 6 hours, it isn’t the easiest journey, but it’s definitely picturesque!

5) Supai’s Mail is Delivered by Mules

A mail-delivery mule stands with postage on its back behind a mail delivery sign.
Flickr User University San Diego Outdoor Adventures

Since it is so far from paved roads, the only option for communication really is the old school way. Any mail that leaves the village has a special postmark to designate that it was sent out via mule. Talk about a cool souvenir…. maybe we’ll just send that postcard to ourselves on second thought!

6) Flash Floods are a Very Real Concern

A beautiful shot of cascading waterfalls in Supai.
Flickr User Dave Coppedge

During monsoon season, Supai, Arizona can get a lot of rain all at once. In the past, severe flash floods have called for the residents to be evacuated. These floods damaged trails, campgrounds, and bridges, and forced Supai to close visitor access for some time. Some floods have permanently altered the landscape, but that’s the way of nature, after all. These days, things are back to normal and as beautiful as ever!

Feeling more informed about this gorgeous oasis? We thought you might be. Your next step is to just plan a visit. There are many great places to stay around Supai, Arizona – specifically this unique room inside the Grand Canyon.