NPS and the Havasupai request that rafters bypass the popular Havasu Canyon

Updated 6/1/22: The area remains closed for the remainder of the 2022 season. Original post below.

Closed since COVID first got going, the Havasu Canyon closure was extended last year through June 1, 2022. There has been no update if this closure will be extended again.

In bold, red bullet points, the NPS website has the following notice:

  • All Havasupai tourism remains suspended. It is not currently known when tourism will resume.
    For updates please visit:
  • Effective immediately, the National Park Service (NPS) is requesting all river trips, both commercial and non-commercial, to voluntarily bypass Havasu Canyon on the Colorado river, located at river mile 157.
  • This request is an effort to minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus and to further safeguard the Havasupai people and their traditional lands. River guides and boaters are encouraged to honor this request out of respect and safety for the Havasupai people. Camping at the confluence is always prohibited.
  • The Tribe and Grand Canyon National Park collectively request that all river operators and permit holders respect the unique public health threat to the Havasupai Tribe and respect the sovereignty of the Tribe to enforce the emergency closure. (Updated: July 1, 2020)

For the most up to date information, please visit the tribe’s website. The following link is in regards to Havasupai Falls, however, the closure is based on the same dates and the NPS had emailed us this link, so we are assuming they are aligned:

We will update this post as we learn more.

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