This area, known as both Tuweep and Toroweap, is on the north-west rim of Grand Canyon in the remote Arizona Strip. The Kanab Plateau rises sharply to the east, while the volcanic Pine/Uinkaret Mountains form the western margin of Toroweap Valley. Toroweap, a Paiute term meaning “dry or barren valley,” refers to many local features, including the geologic formation and fault, the valley, and the overlook. Tuweep came into use to describe the local white settlement and later the park district. Tuweep in Paiute refers to “the earth,” but this place-name may be derived from a longer Paiute word meaning “long valley.”
A visit to this area can be challenging, but rewarding. Since the National Pak Service manages the area for its primitive values, improvements and services are minimal.