SUPAI, ARIZONA — Update (April 6, 2020): On Monday, April 6, the Havasupai Tribal Council announced that it had extended its tourism suspension through May 14, 2020. They will contact those who had reservations during that time and will offer them an opportunity to re-book during the 2021 season.
Tourism to one of Arizona's most popular destinations -- the Havasupai Falls -- has been temporarily suspended, the Havasupai Tribal Council announced Saturday afternoon.
In a statement, the Tribal Council said it passed Resolution No. 10-12 which suspends tourism to the Village of Supai from March 16 - April 14, 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
People who are currently camping in Supai will be allowed to remain through Monday, March 16, but will need to leave after that date, the Tribe said in its statement.
“The health and safety of the many tourists who visit as well as our Tribal Members, employees and consultants is very important to us,” said Chairwoman Eva Kissoon in a statement. “The Tribal Council considered many options and determined that temporarily closing Supai to tourists at this time was the best decision.”
In order to visit Supai, people have to purchase permits, which typically sell out within hours of going on sale. Those who had reservations booked between March 16 and April 14 and are affected by the closure will "have the opportunity to reschedule their reservation for dates within the 2021 season," the Tribe said.