Scenic USA - Arizona

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Hermit Camp

Hermit Camp

Photo by Rob Jones
Trip Report

Arizona's Grand Canyon, one of the world's most impressive sights, achieved national park status in 1919. Only a small portion of the canyon is accessed with park roads, found at the North and South rims. The South Rim receives the majority of park visitors and offers the most conveniences. The south side is also laced with miles of trails, whether your choosing is on foot or by mule.
Before the canyon gained park status, the area still attracted visitors and a few local residents. One of the most famous prospectors that lived along the South Rim was Louis Boucher (BOO-shay). His name is still found on a tough nine mile trail along the rim, known for its grand view of Hermits Canyon. This section of the canyon is about eight miles from the hub, Grand Canyon Village.
Boucher lived in the Dripping Springs area during the late 1800s, working a copper vein nearby Boucher Creek. His camp, located by a perennial water source, was large enough for a couple of tents, a corral for his horses and mules, a small garden and orchard. His Silver Bell Trail, known as the Dripping Springs Trail today, was named for his mule, Silver Bell. Boucher was known as the local tour guide and received his guests at his Dripping Springs camp. Seen to some as a hermit, Hermits Rest, Hermit Road, Hermit Trail and Hermit Camp are all named after Boucher.



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