is a community 54 miles northeast of Kingman on AZ 66, is the only
town on the Hualapai Reservation and is the tribal capital. The
Hualapai Reservation is nearly a million acres in size and includes
diverse ecosystems from desert scrublands at 1200 feet to ponderosa
pine forests at over 7,400 feet elevation. Visitors can experience a
scenic drive into the Grand Canyon at Diamond Creek, spectacular
viewpoints of the lower Grand Canyon from Grand Canyon West, and
one-day Colorado River rafting trips. U.S. Route 66 brought large
numbers of cross-country travelers through the Peach Springs for
decades until Interstate 40 was built and opened to traffic some 25
miles to the south in 1978 (the same year the bouwman's came to town).
Peach Springs offers neither charm nor
anything to see, but it does have the Hualapai Lodge (Motel).
Springs is the nearest town
to Hualapai Hilltop, which is the trailhead from which hikers descend
the 8 mile, 3,000 vertical foot trail to the town of
Supai, Arizona, from which the renowned Havasu Falls and three other
waterfalls can be visited.
The photo above was taken by the
Bouwman family in March of 1978. It is a long way down to a warm a
green area along the Colorado River and rides were offered by horse
back down there but the Bouwman's declined. Another March photo is
below, taken at rim in the Canyon Park.