Looking for an amazing day trip from Las Vegas?
Drive through the vast, arid landscape of Nevada and Arizona to Grand Canyon West, a natural reserve of the Hualapai Nation tribe. Along the way, stop at Hoover Dam and Lake Mead to check out these engineering marvels. Continue along Highway 93 South to Dolan Springs, Arizona. From here, you’ll take a slow 50-mile trek to Grand Canyon West. The desert filled with Joshua trees and drought-resistant shrubs is of another world.
Joshua tree are abundant in the arid Arizona landscape. Rolling hills of Peach Springs lead to jagged mesas, projecting to form a backdrop to the flat land. A rugged dirt road continues up through the back country to the airport at Grand Canyon West. From here, the tribe shuttles transport tourists to overlook points.
A few examples of native American dwellings seen at the first stop on the tour:
Ceremonial performances provide a look into the traditions of the Hualapai people, meaning “People of the Tall Pines.” The reservation of land on which they live and protect consists of nearly one million acres on the southwest rim of the Grand Canyon.
“Our land is one of rolling hills, rugged mesas, breathtaking cliffs, seeps and springs, ponderosa pine forests, deep gorges, and an abundance of wildlife.” ~Hualapai Department of Natural Resources
The Hualapai People hold sacred mother earth and everything that is required for survival. They are committed to educating their youth about conservation and protection of the land.
We are the Land and the Land is Us. We are one and the same.Hualapai Tribe
The challenge for us, humankind, in preserving our place here on Earth and sharing it with other species, is to find a balance. Providing our human needs and all that is required to sustain us must find alignment with all that is nature. As wonderful as our technology is, we must work to promote cooperation with the environment, not just seek to control it.
The ecosystem is complex beyond our comprehension. In attempting to control nature, the potential results can prove counterproductive to our whole. Careful consideration is essential.