Arizona's Havasu Falls closed to visitors until at least June 2022

Havasu Falls on Havasu Creek in the Grand Canyon, Havasupai Indian Reservation, Arizona, USA
The blue-green waters of Havasu Falls will remain closed to tourists until at least June 1, 2022. © Getty Images

If you’ve dreamed of hiking the trail through the Havasupai land in Arizona to take in the halcyon blue-green waters of Havasu Falls, you’ll have to wait a while longer to get a permit to do the trek of a lifetime.

The land of the Havasupai tribe will stay closed to tourists until at least June due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The collection of Havasu, Mooney and Beaver Falls draws eager hiking enthusiasts from around the world looking to take in the picturesque aqua waters. It has been the focus of countless Instagram photos as well as the backdrop to Beyoncė’s Spirit video.

Further adding to the enchantment, this natural wonder can only be visited with a permit and typically by making the more than 11-mile trek into Havasu Canyon located on tribal land in the Grand Canyon that is not part of the national park.

No day hikes are permitted so most visitors treat it as a multi-day backpacking trip.

Multi-layered pool of Havasu Falls
Multi-layered pool of Havasu Falls, Supai, Arizona, The tribal land of the Havasupai will remain closed until June 1, 2022 due to COVID-19. © USA Getty Images/iStockphoto

The tribe only issues 350 permits a day and typically when those go on sale to the public in February on the tribe's reservation website, they are quickly snapped up for the season. A permit covers three nights at the campground near the Supai village at a cost of at least $100 USD (€88) a night during the week and $125 (€110) during the weekend. In the past, reservations for the lodge have cost $440 (€388) per night.

The Havasupai Tribal Council closed the falls to tourists and locked down the reservation when the COVID-19 pandemic hit in March 2020. Since then, permits to hike to the falls have remained suspended with the Havasupai reservation as a whole closed to tourists.

Though it has been working on vaccination efforts to protect the indigenous community that lives at Supai Falls, the village located at the bottom of the canyon, with the Omicron variant on the rise, the Havasupai Tribal Council passed another resolution to extend the closure. The most recent resolution extends the closure until June 1, 2022.

What if you have a reservation for Havasupai Falls

According to the tribe, if you have a reservation from Feb. 1 through May 31, it will be moved to the same dates in 2023. The tribe stated this will apply for reservations to the campground, lodge and for pack mules.

If your reservation is dated May 31 onward, the tribe says your reservation is not impacted right now.

The tribe said it will not make any new reservations available for purchase while tourism is suspended. Advanced reservations for Havasupai typically go public in February for the campground and on June 1 for the lodge.

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