Peach Springs and the Hualapai People:
The town of Peach Springs and the Hualapai Tribe’s history has been entwined with transportation and travel along Route 66 for close to a century. Until the bypassing of Route 66 by Interstate 40 in the 1970s, Peach Springs was one of the busiest communities on the highway between Kingman and Flagstaff.
As the Old Trails highway opened the door to motorized vehicle travel in the 1920s, it also opened the door to prosperity for the Hualapai who sold their crafts to travelers passing through Peach Springs. Their art included jewelry, cradle boards, and baskets, but it was their rag dolls that set them apart from other Native artists. The Suzy Belle Indian Girl doll designs, with an embroidered face, hands, and head and neck bands, have been traced back to the 1860s.
Peach Spring is the Hualapai Nation’s Tribal capital, and is home to the majority of the Hualapai people whose ancestors can be traced in the area for more than 1,000 years. The Hualapai Tribal Nation is a federally recognized Tribe with a Reservation that encompasses one million acres of land with 108 miles of land running along the Colorado River and the Grand Canyon.
Today, the Hualapai Tribe is creating all new experiences for the Route 66 traveler, including white water rafting excursions which leave right from Peach Springs, and they have unlocked the wonders at Grand Canyon West, including the world famous Skywalk (where you actually walk out over the Grand Canyon.)
The Lodge sits right on Route 66 at the heart of Peach Springs and has the best accommodation for those wanting to experience the Hualapai Nation, Grand Canyon West, Hualapai River Runners the Colorado River, and it is walking distance to the Hualapai Cultural Center. The Lodge has large, well-appointed rooms, three meeting rooms and a great restaurant with the best homemade pies on Route 66. There is also a fitness Center and salt pool.