Havasupai

Once again, Havasupai sustained major damage from flash floods. This time the flow of water was redirected and Navajo Falls is no more. The major Changes occurred in August of 2008 when Havasupai was hit with a significant flash flood that swept through the canyon and altered the water's flow. This is a natural occurance as witnessed by the existing crests lining both Havasu and Mooney Falls.

The last time there was a significant flash flood was in 1993. The previous flood damaged the travertine pools below Havasu falls. It is unclear as to what the damage from this current flood will be. Officials are still assessing the damage.

For those of you have have hiked to Havasupai, this is a very sad event. The flood will change the look of the channel, the falls, the pools and the campgrounds. Having stayed at Havasupai before the flood of 1993, I was able to compare before and after. Although, the area changed, in some places, quite dramatically, it was still a great place to be and in fact, some areas were better after the flood.

With the current flood, there will be a similiar result. Many of the places you visited on your last trip will be different and may not even exist but you will find other places and explore areas where you hadn’t been previously. Supai will remain a magical place.

Here are some videos of the dramatic flooding in Havasupai.

Video of area below Mooney falls

Video of flash flood over Havasu Falls

The best time to hike to Havasupia is in early summer, before the monsoon season. Late summer hiking always poses a threat of flash floods in the canyons. Fortunately, in this case no one was killed by the flash floods in Havasupai.

Hava Supai Village

Hava Supai Village

Havasupai Canyon has flooded once again.

See below for more information about the flood in Havasupai.

Havasupai Tribal Office
928-448-2731
P.O. Box 10 Supai AZ, 86435

Havasupai Lodge
928-448-2111 or 1-928-448-2201
P.O. Box 159 Supai AZ, 86435

Havasupai Tourism Office
928-448-2121, 1-928-448-2141,
928-448-2174, or 1-928-448-2180
P.O. Box 160 Supai AZ, 86435

Coconino County Sheriff’s Office
911 E. Sawmill Rd.
Flagstaff, Arizona, 86001
Phone Number: (928) 774-4523 or toll-free 800-338-7888


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