The Havasupai Indians have lived in the Grand Canyon for at least the past 800 years. Known as the Blue Water People, they’ve turned their land, consisting of richly colored waters and awe-inspiring waterfalls, into a famous tourist attraction that draws thousands of people every year. They live primarily above and inside the southwest end of the Grand Canyon in a place known as Cataract Canyon. They had little contact with the Spanish in the 1700’s, and then the whites during the U.S. westward expansion, but this changed when silver was discovered in 1870 in Cataract Canyon. Relations with other Native American tribes were generally mixed but they maintained a strong bond with the Hopi people.
Today the town of Supai, located at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, is the capital of the Havasupai Indian Reservation. It is home to around 500 of the tribe members and is one of the most remote cities in the U.S. It can be accessed by taking the old Route 66 about 60 miles to the trailhead. An 8 mile hike leads to the town of 136 houses, a café, a general store, a tourist office, a post office, a school, and several churches.