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Supai, Arizona
CDP
Church building in Supai
Church building in Supai
Location in Coconino County and the state of Arizona
Location in Coconino County and the state of Arizona
Country United States
State Arizona
County Coconino
Area
 • Total 1.7 sq mi (4.4 km2)
 • Land 1.7 sq mi (4.4 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 3,195 ft (974 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 208
 • Density 122/sq mi (47.3/km2)
Time zone MST (UTC-7)
ZIP code 86435
Area code 928
FIPS code 04-71230
GNIS feature ID 0012003

Supai (Havasupai: Havasuuw) is a census-designated place (CDP) in Coconino County, Arizona, United States, within the Grand Canyon.

As of the 2010 census, the CDP had a population of 208. The capital of the Havasupai Indian Reservation, Supai is the only place in the United States where mail is still carried out by mules.

Supai has been referred to as "the most remote community" in the contiguous United States by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It is accessible only by helicopter, on foot or by mule. Supai is 8 miles (13 km) from the nearest road and has no automobiles in the community.

Recent history

Tourists and some residents were evacuated from Supai and surrounding area on August 17 and 18, 2008, due to flooding of Havasu Creek complicated by the failure of the earthen Redlands Dam after a night of heavy rainfall. Evacuees were taken to Peach Springs, Arizona. More heavy rains were expected and a flash flood warning was put into effect, necessitating the evacuation, according to the 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. Further flooding in 2010 resulted in damage to repairs made previously and closures effective until May 2011.

Geography and climate

SupaiVillageFirstSignWigleeva
The Wigleeva rock formations watch over Supai

Located within the Grand Canyon, 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, Arizona, via the United States Postal Service is at least a week because it is carried out by mule.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 1.7 square miles (4.4 km2), all land. It lies 3,195 feet (974 m) above sea level.

Climate

Climate data for Supai, 1956–1987
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 79
(26.1)
87
(30.6)
95
(35)
98
(36.7)
104
(40)
112
(44.4)
116
(46.7)
111
(43.9)
111
(43.9)
102
(38.9)
86
(30)
85
(29.4)
116
(46.7)
Average high °F (°C) 52.8
(11.56)
59.8
(15.44)
67.7
(19.83)
76.1
(24.5)
85.1
(29.5)
95.7
(35.39)
99.0
(37.22)
95.6
(35.33)
90.1
(32.28)
77.0
(25)
62.8
(17.11)
52.8
(11.56)
76.1
(24.5)
Average low °F (°C) 29.4
(-1.44)
34.5
(1.39)
39.2
(4)
45.5
(7.5)
53.2
(11.78)
61.7
(16.5)
67.1
(19.5)
65.4
(18.56)
58.4
(14.67)
47.8
(8.78)
37.4
(3)
30.0
(-1.11)
47.5
(8.61)
Record low °F (°C) -1
(-18.3)
5
(-15)
13
(-10.6)
23
(-5)
29
(-1.7)
36
(2.2)
46
(7.8)
42
(5.6)
34
(1.1)
19
(-7.2)
0
(-17.8)
-4
(-20)
-4
(-20)
Precipitation inches (mm) 0.61
(15.5)
0.63
(16)
0.88
(22.4)
0.38
(9.7)
0.41
(10.4)
0.26
(6.6)
1.24
(31.5)
1.42
(36.1)
0.65
(16.5)
0.61
(15.5)
0.72
(18.3)
0.75
(19.1)
8.54
(216.9)
Snowfall inches (cm) 0.4
(1)
0.2
(0.5)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0.1
(0.3)
0.6
(1.5)
1.2
(3)
Avg. precipitation days (≥ 0.01 in) 4 4 5 3 2 1 5 6 3 3 3 4 44
Source: WRCC

Demographics

As of the census of 2010, there were 208 people and 43 households. The racial makeup of the CDP was 96.6% Native American, 0.5% White, 0.5% Other, and 2.4% of mixed race. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.3% of the population.

There were 43 households out of which 34.9% were married families living together, 32.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 14.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 18.6% were non-families. 16.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 2.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 4.84.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 30.8% under the age of 16, 10.4% from 16 to 21, 54.8% from 21 to 65, and 4.8% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age was 25.2 years. 48.6% of the population was male; 51.4% was female.

Historical population
Census Pop.
1990 423
2000 0 −100.0%
2010 208
Est. 2016 213 2.4%

Access

HualapaiHilltop
Parking at Hualapai Hilltop, the trailhead for the 8-mile trail into Supai.

Supai can be reached by hiking 8 miles (13 km), descending 2,004 feet (611 m) in elevation from Hualapai Hilltop through the Hualapai Canyon. Alternatively, 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 Springs, along paved BIA Road 18.

Services

SupaiUSMailMules
Mule train from Supai carrying U.S. Postal Service boxes

Supai has one small, air-conditioned lodge (Havasupai Lodge), a convenience store and a cafe.

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

Coordinates: 36°14′06.21″N 112°41′18.97″W / 36.2350583°N 112.6886028°W / 36.2350583; -112.6886028


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