Hualapai Shelves Upriver Trips In Grand Canyon

February 06, 2014

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The HualapaiTribe is at least temporarily shelving its plan to run rafting trips upriver in the Grand Canyon.

The tribe's reservation extends for more than 100 miles along the Colorado River, but the National Park Service governs the waterway and does not allow for upriver travel on much of the river.

Grand Canyon National Park Superintendent Dave Uberuaga said the agency learned of the tribe's plan to take passengers about three miles upriver from Diamond Creek through a news release. The trips touted as a cultural experience were to begin March 15. A spokesman for the tribe, Dave Cieslak, said the tribe respects the Park Service's concerns and is postponing the launch of the tours.

The tribe's whitewater rafting trips are unaffected.