Supai is inhabited by approximately 450 people from the Havasupai (people of the blue green water) tribe. The village contains several small homes, 3 churches, a school, a medical center, 2 stores, a cafe, a post office and a tourist center. The mail and supplies are still delivered mostly by horseback.
The cafe food was adaquate and reasonably priced. After a long day of hiking it is a nice luxury to have cold drinks and available food.
I found the Havasupai people to be friendly but generally quiet and reserved. Alcoholism seemed to be a problem with the tribe. They do not allow visitors to bring in outside alcohol but that doesn't stop the locals from having their own stash. I spoke to one of them for a few minutes and he invited me back to his house to share some of his vodka or whiskey. A nice offer, but I had to pass.
- Hiking and Walking
The Village of Supai
There are about 250 members of the Havasupai Tribe who live here. This small agricultural tribe was present before the first European explorers arrived in 1540.
In the village you will find a general store and a cafe, one lodge and a church amongst the local homes. There is also a post office here from which you can mail a postcard that will be carried up the canyon by mule. You can buy a special stamp to use on your mail.
Be forewarned that there is only one cafe and it closes early, at 6pm. There is also no alcohol allowed on the reservation, so there is certainly no pub or disco here! There are also no tvs at the lodge so be sure to bring a book or deck of cards to amuse yourself.
The locals that we encountered in the village were friendly and helpful....except those that worked at the cafe and lodge! I guess they must get tired of dealing with tourists all day, everyday.
Your nose will tell you that there are alot of horses in the village, it was amusing to see the young children riding horseback to school in the morning.
- Horse Riding
Respect and Protect
You must pack in and out all of your supplies. DO NOT leave any trash behind. There are one or two outhouses for the entire campsite. It is only acceptable to relieve yourself a minimum of 25 feet from the river.