Baaj Nwaavijo I'Tah Kukveni - Arizona :  Honoring the sacred Indigenous land around the Grand Canyon

While Grand Canyon National Park is no stranger to travel bucket lists, there's a new reason to visit the southwestern United States.

The recently designated Baaj Nwaavjo I'tah Kukveni, or Ancestral Footprints on the Grand Canyon National Monument, now conserves around 900,000 acres [ 365,000 hectares ] of plateaus, canyons and other land surrounding the Grand Canyon.

Considering the ancestral homelands of more than a dozen Indigenous tribes, the monument also preserves more than 3,000 Native cultural and historic sites, reflecting the area's deep spiritual and sacred significance.

Support the local Native American community by booking a Colorado River adventure with the Hualapai River Runners, a white-water rafting company led by Hualapai Tribe river guides. [ Gina Rae La Cerva ]


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