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An American Indian reservation deep in the Grand Canyon has long been known for its towering blue-green waterfalls, but returning tourists will be greeted by an altered landscape.
One waterfall is lost, another has a taken different course and new ones have formed after summer flood waters swept through the area and forced the Havasupai Tribe to close the popular tourist destination to outsiders.
Tribal members have worked for months to clear debris, rebuild bridges and trails, and dig out the campground, picnic benches and other things covered by knee-deep mud. When tourists are welcomed back on Monday, they’re being asked to keep an open mind in an area where water constantly changes the landscape.