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Indian reservations between LA and Grand Canyon

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Indian reservations between LA and Grand Canyon

I am planning a road trip from LA to Grand Canyon National Park. I am wondering if I can visit some Indian reservations along the trip? Thanks in advance!

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1. Re: Indian reservations between LA and Grand Canyon

Why do you ask? What do you expect to see or do on an Indian Reservation?

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2. Re: Indian reservations between LA and Grand Canyon

Other than Indian Casinos along the I-10 The only Indian lands you will pass through will be on the Old Rt. 66, East of Kingman ... This will be the Hualapai The West Rim attractions are also on their tribal lands...carracar

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3. Re: Indian reservations between LA and Grand Canyon

Correction, there is also a casino on the Ft. Mojave Reservation, just North of Needles, CA. carracar

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4. Re: Indian reservations between LA and Grand Canyon

Check out places around Flagstaff like Walnut Canyon and Wupatki NMs

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5. Re: Indian reservations between LA and Grand Canyon

I too am curious as to what your expectations are. In short, it's nothing like you've seen on TV.

In addition to the casinos mentioned by preston e, there's the Hualapai Indian Reservation just Northeast of Kingman. Their Grand Canyon Tribal Park, Grand Canyon West, is the site of the Grand Canyon Skywalk. You can also get helicopter flights to the bottom of the canyon from the Tribal Park. It is quite expensive to visit, basic entrance fees start at $50/person (not per car - PER PERSON). Activities such as the ones I mentioned cost more. This video describes a popular tour package out of Las Vegas, but you can also do these activities by driving yourself to Grand Canyon West ->: http://youtu.be/jRMrW9G1W70 One more "warning:" the main access road to Grand Canyon West is still unpaved for the last 10 miles, so driving a rental car on it is not encouraged. There is a park and ride shuttle at the turn off in Meadview that you should probably use if you're driving a rental car.

Northeast of Grand Canyon National Park (South/North Rim) is the Navajo Indian Reservation. Attractions on their tribal lands which are closest to Grand Canyon National Park are the Cameron Trading Post (1+ hour drive from GC) Monument Valley (3.5 hours drive from GC), Antelope Canyon (2.5 hours drive) and Canyon de Chelly (~5 hours drive). The Navajo Reservation extends into part of New Mexico as well.

The Hopi Indian Reservation is located a couple hours' drive East of the Grand Canyon, and is encircled by Navajo lands. The Grand Canyon is a place of great significance to the Hopi as the site of the "sipapu," the portal through which mankind first emerged upon the Earth. Their primary population centers are located atop three mesas and some of their pueblo complexes are the oldest continually occupied buildings in the US. The Hopi Cultural Center is located on the "Second Mesa."

The latter two Native Lands would make for a bit of a detour. The Hualapai Reservation will be the more accessible between LA and Grand Canyon National Park. But again, gotta stress - forget what you've seen on TV about "Indians," 'cause it's mostly a lot of b.s.

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6. Re: Indian reservations between LA and Grand Canyon

If you are expecting to just pop in on a reservation and see a bunch of people sitting around a campfire banging drums...well, you are mistaken. These reservations are peoples' homes. Perhaps you would care to give us your address in LA so we could pop in on you to see how you live. I am not being smart about this. It would be the exact same thing to have a bunch of strangers show up unannounced at your home as you are sitting down for Sunday dinner. You will be about as welcome on most reservations as they would be at your home.

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7. Re: Indian reservations between LA and Grand Canyon

Don makes the point that I was leading to. Other than casinos and obvious commercial enterprises you should not expect to be welcome on Indian Reservation land. In many ways it is like visiting a foreign nation, a third world at that. They operate with different customs, traditions and laws, and they don't really want you wandering around in their territory.

The OP has failed to respond thus far. This should serve as a warning to make alternate plans for this road trip.

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8. Re: Indian reservations between LA and Grand Canyon

If the OP (original poster) has been back, she likely a bit intimidated.

I do agree with Don's and RedRox's points about visiting reservations and expecting to see the personal lives of the residents. Very few Native American nations or tribes permit this, and those that do have cultural centers to visit and isolate the visitors.

More plainly said, there are some Indian reservations near the direct route from LA to GCNP, but the primary attractions are going to be casinos or Grand Canyon West. I've never seen anything of cultural interest in the area.

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9. Re: Indian reservations between LA and Grand Canyon

Just got back on again. Thanks to you all for the useful info, aspecially to K-Bot for spending time on the details. After checking some websites, the Hopi seems to fit my plan better, though that would be after the GCNP. Thanks again!

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10. Re: Indian reservations between LA and Grand Canyon

Hopi Res is a good idea. You can take tours there and stay in the hotel in Second Mesa. There also is a small museums. reservations are recommended.

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