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Supai (Havasupai: Havasuuw) is a census-designated place (CDP) in Coconino Countymarker, Arizonamarker, United Statesmarker, within the Grand Canyonmarker.

As of the 1990 census, the CDP had a population of 423; the 2000 census erroneously recorded a population of 0. The capital of the Havasupai Indian Reservationmarker, Supai is currently the only community in the United States where mail is still carried out by mules.

It is also the most remote community in the lower 48 states, and the only way to get to it is to take a helicopter or to hike or ride a mule along the Havasupai Trail. Supai is eight miles (13 km) from the nearest road. There are no cars in the community.

Recent history

Tourists and some residents were evacuated from Supai and surrounding area on 17 and 18 August 2008 due to flooding complicated by the failure of the earthen Redlands Dam after a night of heavy rainfall. Evacuees were taken to Peach Springs, Arizonamarker. More heavy rains were expected and a flash flood warning was put into effect, necessitating the evacuation, according to the Grand Canyonmarker National Park Service. The floods were significant enough to attract coverage from international media.

Damage to the trails, bridges, and campground was severe enough for Havasupai to close visitor access to the village, campground, and falls until the spring of 2009.


Being located at the bottom of the Grand Canyonmarker, Supai is only accessible by foot, pack animal or helicopter. Mail and package delivery to the community is thus delayed; delivery time for mail from Bullhead City, Arizonamarker, via the United States Postal Service is at least a week because it is carried out by mule (D. Varty, personal communication, 2004).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 1.7 square miles (4.5 km²), all land. It lies 3,195 feet (974 m) above sea level.


As of the 1990 census, there were 423 people, 104 households, and 88 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 248.8 people per square mile (94.0/km²). There were 136 housing units at an average density of 80.0/sq mi (30.2/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 94.56% Native American, 4.96% White, and 0.47% Asian. 0.95% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 104 households out of which 60.6% were married couples living together, 16.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 15.4% were non-families. 10.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 1.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 4.07.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 39.4% under the age of 18, 8.0% from 18 to 24, 33.6% from 25 to 44, 12.5% from 45 to 64, and 5.7% who are 65 years of age or older. For every 100 males there were 98.6 females. For every 100 males age 18 and over, there were 87.4 females.


Supai can be reached by hiking eight miles (13 km), descending 3,000 vertical feet (900 meters) from Hualapai Hilltop through the Hualapai Canyon, and the AirWest Helicopters service schedules flights from Hualapai Hilltop to Supai. Hualapai Hilltop is located about 70 miles (110 km) from the community of Peach Springsmarker, along paved BIA Road 18.


Supai has one small, air-conditioned lodge (Havasupai Lodge), a convenience store, and one cafe serving fast food meals (most utilizing frybread).

All mail leaving Supai has a special postmark showing that it was sent out by mule train.


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