A Grand Canyon Trip for Those Obsessed with “Vanishing” Native American Tribes

A Hualapai Indian tribe member in Peach Springs, Arizona
Hualapai Indian tribe member in Peach Springs, Arizona

Located just two hours from Las Vegas and about five hours from Phoenix, the Grand Canyon’s West Rim in Peach Springs, Arizona, owned and operated by the Hualapai Native American tribe, attracts nearly a million visitors each year.

If you crave thrilling adventures, throw on your tennis shoes and get ready for an adrenaline rush trying one of the several activities the place has to offer. You can walk on glass almost a mile above the Grand Canyon, explore one of the world’s hottest tourist destinations on a helicopter, join a rafting trip down the Colorado River, or treck through mud while hiking scenic trails. However, if adventure isn’t your thing, perhaps a stroll through an authentic Native American village, will suit your fancy.

The engineering marvel of Skywalk, east of Meadview and north of Peach Springs, Arizona, at Eagle Point, was unveiled on March 20th, 2007, offering mind-blowing views 4,000 feet above one of the world’s Seven Natural Wonders. This 10-foot-wide horseshoe-shaped glass bridge extends 70 feet out over the edge of the Grand Canyon.

Watch Native American dances performed at the local amphitheater or wander around the lodgings of the indigenous tribes of Havasupai, Hualapai, Hopi, Navajo, and Plains. You can also try Asian, Southwest, and traditional Hualapai tribal dishes at VSa’ Nyu Wa Restaurant after you do some shopping at the Native American Gift Shop.

Wikiup in Peach Springs Arizona
A hut used by Native Americans in Peach Springs, Arizona

In Grand Canyon, you will have the opportunity to join aerial and river tours, try horseback riding enjoying spectacular views, or simply relax on the porch of one of the rustic cabins in Hualapai Ranch. For panoramic views of the Grand Canyon, head to Guano Point, where you’ll find the ruins of an old guano mine.