NileGuide Expert Says:
Visitors should know that there are no facilities on this road for 19 miles. No water, no food, no help, no cell phone coverage. But it is a beautiful drive for the prepared adventurer.
Diamond Creek Road
Grand Canyon National Park, AZ
Scratch that 15-mile hike to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and drive down! The Forest Service doesn't talk about this road because it is not on their land. Diamond Creek Road, which winds down 2,500 feet on a 21-mile journey to the Colorado River, belongs to the impoverished people of the Hualapai Indian Reservation. The fee to use the road is $16 and the funds go directly to the people that live there. After 19 miles, there is a primitive bathroom and close up view of Diamond Peak. The 19 miles is slow-going, so this is a great spot to stretch your legs and take some pictures. At this point, drivers will be confronted with a creek bed. Sometimes it is full of water and other times it's dry as a bone. Depending on the vehicle and the conditions, drivers will have to decide whether to drive or park and walk the remaining 3 miles to the Colorado River. Just remember that you are on your own out here with both the dangers as well as all the delights the desert has to offer.