So it’s been a while since I posted, big changes happening! It was Sprint Break in Texas this past week (yay! Spring! although it feels like Summer here already) We had plans to visit Boston, and I was really looking forward to go to Salem and learn all about the Freedom Trail but Mother Nature had other plans. Huge winter storm canceled out trip and we prepared an impromptu visit to Las Vegas.
I knew Las Vegas wasn’t for me, so I convinced my crew to take a little road trip to Arizona and visit the Grand Canyon West Rim and the Hualapai Native American Reserve. WOW! just wow! I am so glad we did!
The Hualapai Tribe is a federally recognized Indian Tribe located in northwestern Arizona. “Hualapai” (pronounced Wal-lah-pie) means “People of the Tall Pines.” They are the native people of the Southwest. Traditionally hunter-gatherers, they inhabited an area of more than 5 million acres.
Their homeland stretched from the Grand Canyon southward to the Santa Maria River and from the Black Mountains eastward to the pine forests of the San Francisco peaks. Today, the Hualapai American Indian Reservation, created in 1883, is nearly 1,000,000 acres that includes 108 miles of the Colorado River and Grand Canyon.
The total population of the Hualapai Reservation is about 1,621 of whom 1,353 are tribal members (2000 U.S. Census). Total tribal membership, including members not residing on the reservation, is approximately 2,300. Most people who reside on the reservation live in the capitol town of Peach Springs, which owns its name to the peach trees that historically grew at nearby springs.
The Great Spirit created Man and Woman in his own image. In doing so, both were created as equals. Both depending on each other in order to survive. Great respect was shown for each other, in doing so, happiness and contentment was achieved them as it should be now – Hulapai.
I love everything Native American, I feel their energy is so pure and their roots so in touch with nature.
Grand Canyon West Rim
The west rim is approximately a 2 and a half hour drive from the Vegas Strip. On the way there you can stop to see the Hoover Dam which is a majestic work of engineering. You can also enjoy the Arizona Desert views. Once you get to the Grand Canyon directions are easy to follow and for your ticket, you get to see the Skywalk at Eagle Point (skywalk is located here), Guano Point, and an old cowboy style village. You can eat there too, we had some yummy BBQ chicken, ribs corn bread, beans and rice. There is hardly any phone signal but there is wifi at each station.
The tour guide explained this time of the year is one of the best to go due to the weather (not cold, not too hot).
Please note, the Grand Canyon West is not part of Grand Canyon National Park which is comprised of the South and North Rims. Grand Canyon West is owned by the Hualapai Indian Tribe. We didn’t know that until we got there, I personally though it was all the same park.
The Skywalk is one of the highlights of this tour. It is without a doubt one of the world’s engineering marvels. Walk out on a glass bottom bridge extending 70 feet out from the canyon’s edge into a vast expanse of nothingness. Standing on see-through glass looking 4,000 down to the canyon floor and a small ribbon of the Colorado River will give you a sense of flying. No cameras or phones are allowed at this point but they provide lockers for you free of charge. The view is amazing and it is worth to get the photo package ($65 for a set of 8-12 digital copies)
However, if you have a fear of height, Skywalk is not for you.
This turned out to be one of the best Spring breaks ever! Nothing like a bit of nature in the mid of chaos to bring you back to peace. Grounded, whole, complete and in tune with myself.
So if you are ever in Nevada or Arizona, I strongly recommend you visit this marvelous place.