Grand Canyon tribe welcomes back tourists

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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.— Arizona’s Havasupai Tribe is welcoming back tourists after months spent repairing trails and clearing debris from a flood that swept through their reservation last summer.

The reservation deep in a gorge off south side of the Grand Canyon reopened to the public June 1.

Water from a summer thunderstorm surged through the canyon in mid-August, forcing the evacuations of hundreds of residents and tourists. Tribal members soon returned, but the reservation has remained closed to tourists.

The area is best known for its towering blue-green waterfalls.

But those who hope to travel there might have to wait a while. Reservations at the lodge and campground are booked through mid-July.