'Offensive name' of popular Grand Canyon campground gets 'long overdue' change, park says

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Havasupai Gardens along the Bright Angel Trail in Grand Canyon National Park has a rest area and a campground.

PHOENIX – A popular campground inside Grand Canyon National Park has a new name after the Havasupai Tribe requested the National Park Service change Indian Garden’s “offensive name” earlier this year.

The campground and rest area along the Bright Angel Trail, which descends into the canyon from the South Rim, is now called Havasupai Gardens.

According to the National Park Service website, Havasupai Gardens Campground “is a beautiful riparian area filled with cottonwood trees” 4.8 miles below the South Rim. There, hikers can find drinking water, a ranger station and toilets.

The name change comes after the U.S. Board of Geographic Names voted unanimously in November to approve the National Park Service’s request on behalf of the Havasupai Tribe.

The original name of the area was Ha’a Gyoh, according to a news release from the park service and the Havasupai Tribe. In the early 1900s, federal policies forced the Havasupai people from Ha’a Gyoh. In 1928, the last Havasupai resident, Captain Burro, was forcibly removed.

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