Supai is both magical and sobering. The falls are fantastically beautiful, but it’s NOT a tourist attraction- it’s sacred, native land. The tribe has resided there for centuries. There wasn’t a single moment of our trip where we weren’t deeply aware of how lucky we are.
This past week, monsoon season roared through this sacred place, flooding out hundreds of hikers. The tribe immediately sheltered and fed them, despite their own personal losses. Some of the land was reshaped, including Navajo falls from when I took this video, only one month ago. The strength of nature and human kindness amazes me.
Donations are tricky because of access (Supai is 8 miles inside the canyon, and still receives most supplies by mule), tribal privacy, and inference with potential government assistance. Basically I was told that, as of right now, there is nothing we can do. The counsel has spoken, the tribe will dig until they rebuild what is lost with their own bare hands, just as they’ve always done.
Know your privilege, folks.
And if you are lucky enough to get a permit, please pack out what you pack in. We saw so many people leaving garbage and inflatable rafts near the falls or in the village. It’s 20 miles round trip (36 if you hike to the confluence). If you can’t carry it, don’t bring it. Respect the land. Respect the natives. Take only memories, leave only footprints. 🌄 #leavenotrace#havasupaifalls
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If you zoom in closely you might see where I cropped out the Instagram model doing photoshoots in the background
New Navajo Falls is the first (and least visited) of the 5 Havasupai waterfalls. A powerful flash flood in 2008 wiped out the “old” Navajo Falls, and the new falls emerged. Last week a flash flood came through the canyon, turning the campground into a river, necessitating evacuations. The turquoise blue water temporarily turned brown with mud. Luckily everyone made it out safely, and it wasn’t powerful enough reshape any of the falls. With time Havasu Creek will show its true colors again 💙
(Photo taken February 2018)