Welcome to the Havasupai Indian Reservation.
We are Havasu Baaja. Currently, our tribe is comprised of about 650 enrolled tribal
members. Approximately 450 people live here in Supai. Our native language,
Havasupai, is the preferred way to communicate. It has been a written language for about
20 years. We are very resourceful people and proud of our beautiful land.
Our people have lived in the area for many hundreds of years. Prior to the early
1900s when the Grand Canyon area was made into a national park, our people roamed a
vast area on the upper plateau. During the fall and winter months, we would move our
families up to the plateau regions subsisting by hunting and gathering what the earth
provided. During the spring and summer months, we moved back to the canyon and planted
gardens. When the reservation was created in 1882, the federal government confined us to
the 518 acres at the bottom of the canyon and we lost almost 90% of our aboriginal land.
This loss of the economic base had a major influence on our culture, forcing us to rely
more on farming and seeking wage labor outside of the canyon. Eventually the Tribe began
to rely on tourism, as tourists found their way to our beautiful homeland. In 1975,
Congress finally reallocated 185,000 acres of our original hunting grounds back to the
Tourism provides the main economic base providing jobs in the various tribal-run
enterprises such as the Lodge, the Tourist Office and Cafe. Federal programs run by the
Tribe provide most of the available jobs. Many people support their families by packing
supplies. Most of us purchase our supplies out-of-the-canyon and bring them in on
horseback or on the helicopter; in fact, everything must come into the village this way.
We are governed by a seven member Tribal Council which is elected to office by the people.
The Bureau of Indian Affairs provides law enforcement services to the village. Possession
of alcohol or firearms is illegal. Our people do not receive any government stipends and
we pay income taxes just like all Americans. A small Christian church offers services on
Sunday. The Indian Health Service clinic and resident physician provide out-patient and
Havasu creek springs from the rocks and runs on top of the ground until it flows into the
Colorado River, which is 10 miles beyond the village. The beautiful blue-green water
cascades over three major waterfalls, Navajo (1½ miles from village), Havasu (another ½
mile) and Mooney Falls (3 miles from the village). The water temperature of about seventy
degrees remains relatively constant throughout the year. Its high mineral content and
carbonate precipitate account for the pools and natural dams which are vulnerable to
floods. The floods that occurred several years ago destroyed many of the pools, but
year-by-year the natural formations will reform in unique arrangements and character of
the waterfalls will change.
The average annual precipitation is 2.1 inches. The average daily temperature ranges from
a high of 99.7/low 66.6 in July to a high of 53.6/low 27.7 in December. It rarely snows
and although the summer months are warm, we boast a long growing season which, along with
an abundant water supply, are conducive to bountiful farming. The elevation at Hualapai
Hilltop is 5,200 feet. The elevation at the village is 3,205 feet above sea level.
The Havasupai Elementary School provides academic instruction to an average of 90 students
- Kindergarten through 8th grade. After 8th grade, our children must leave the reservation
to attend an Indian boarding school far away from home. The Head Start program serves
approximately 20- 30 children. We ask that you do not take pictures of individuals,
especially our children, without permission. Please pay your entrance fees and pack out
your trash. Camping and hiking are allowed only in the campground and on the main trails.
Almost 20,000 people visit our village each year and we find it difficult to always greet
each of you as we value our privacy. Please be careful, enjoy your stay and come visit us
S. Tilousi, 1996
( Helicopter flyer )
Please read the following information pertaining to the AIRWEST Helicopter Services.
COST The rate for all passengers is $55.00 per person (One-way fare) This rate
includes yourself and one medium backpack. There may be extra costs for additional baggage
or excess weight. Please inquire with AIRWEST pilot or assistant when they come in!!
METHOD OF PAYMENT Payment can be made in the form of VISA/MASTERCHARGE OR CASH. NO
PERSONAL CHECKS. Our office does not receive any payment for HELICOPTER services. They
will collect the money when they come in Jill ORDER OF BOARDING Tribal members, Tribal
Consultants and Tribal employees have first priority boarding on the Helicopter. No
reservations are required as they work on a first come-first served basis. Please wait
your turn and stand behind the fence until approached by one of the Helicopter
HELICOPTER LANDING AREA
The landing area is the big field between our office and the cafe. Please wait in front of
the old Tourist Office bldg. (red building with the "Tourist Enterprise" sign.
If you should have any additional questions please direct them to the AIRWEST by
calling them at (602) 516-2790 or meeting with them when they are in the area on their
flight day. Thank you. Air West Helicopter is an independent company offering a
service to Tribal members and tourists. AirWest is not affiliated with the Havasupai
Tribe, nor does the Tribe exercise any control over their operations. This
information and the proposed schedule are based on information provided by Air West
Helicopter. Please contact them directly with any questions and to confirm the schedule.
AIR WEST HELICOPTER PHOENIX, ARIZONA (602) 5162790