Beyoncé shot parts of her music video for her “The Lion King” song at Havasu Falls in Arizona.
Arizona’s dramatic Havasupai Falls have been closed to visitors since March 16 because of the threat posed by the new coronavirus pandemic. They won’t be opening for the foreseeable future.
The falls had been scheduled to reopen May 15. But on Tuesday, the Havasupai Tribal Council said the world-famous canyon in a remote part of northwestern Arizona would remain closed to tourism indefinitely, according to The Arizona Republic, which is part of the USA TODAY Network.
“In the best interests of the health and welfare of the Havasupai people, the Council finds it necessary to extend its suspension of all tourism visits to the Havasupai Reservation until further notice,” Chairwoman Eva Kissoon said in an email distributed by the tribe’s spokeswoman, Abbie Fink. “We continue to monitor the impact of COVID-19 in Arizona and have made decisions to further protect our Havasupai residents.”
The email said no cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Supai, the village at the bottom of the canyon.
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How to reschedule Havasupai reservations
The tribe said it will contact people who have reservations and they will have the option to reschedule for 2021. Go to havasupaireservations.com to reschedule.
People who have reservations at Havasupai Lodge should call 928-448-2111 or 928-448-2201.
The tribe asked people not to call those numbers for matters regarding the campground. Those reservations will only be addressed by email and online.
What if you can’t reschedule for 2021?
Reservations are nonrefundable, but people who are unable to reschedule their trips for the 2021 season can participate in the tribe’s transfer policy.
A reservation holder can log into their account at havasupaireservations.com, choose an available date and then click the Transfer button. This makes the reservation available to others searching for availability. If someone else claims the reservation, the original holder will be reimbursed for the cost minus a 10 percent transfer fee.
The Havasupai and Havasupai Falls Facebook group has a helpful thread on how to use the transfer process.
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The Havasupai waterfalls are so popular that reservations nearly sell out on the first day they become available each year. It’s an 8-mile hike from the top of the canyon to Supai Village, and another 2 miles to the campground area. Most of the falls are beyond that.
The last time Havasupai closed to tourism was in July 2018 when a flash flood swept through the canyon and 200 visitors were evacuated by helicopter.
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