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The Colorado River in the Grand Canyon

Arizona


Horseshoe Bend south of Page

 thumbnail - People on the cliff edge at Horsehoe Bend

The Colorado River here, in the part of Glen Canyon below the dam, makes a 270 degree curve.

Horseshoe Bend Scenic Overlook, south of Page, Arizona

June 6, 2014
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Glen Canyon below the dam

Lees Ferry raft launch area

 thumbnail - Loading rafts for the trip down the Grand Canyon

Lees Ferry is the departure point for all float trips down the Grand Canyon. Rafts and dories are loaded here with one to three weeks supplies, including generous amounts of beer.

Lees Ferry, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Arizona

June 5, 2014
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Lees Ferry

The old and new Navajo Bridges

 thumbnail - On the old Navajo Bridge over the Colorado River

The Navajo Bridge(s) cross Marble Canyon level with its top, 467 feet (142 meters) above the Colorado River. The old bridge's deck is 18 feet wide, the new one is 44 feet. The old bridge is now closed to vehicle traffic and is used for bungee jumping.

Marble Canyon, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Arizona

June 5, 2014
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Navajo Bridges over Marble Canyon

Bison herd on the Kaibab Plateau

 thumbnail - Bison herd in the grasslands of the Kaibab Plateau

Charles "Buffalo" Jones introduced bison to this area in the early 1900's, when the species was near extinction. The herd has prospered and now poses a problem for the national park service, who may relocate them to adjacent forest lands.

Kaibab Plateau, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

June 4, 2014
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Kaibab Plateau

Bright Angel Point on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon

 thumbnail - Bright Angel Point on the North Rim

Bright Angel Point on the North Rim

North Rim, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

October 16, 2008
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Bright Angel Point on the North Rim

Grand Canyon Lodge on the North Rim

 thumbnail - The terrace at Grand Canyon Lodge on the North Rim

The Grand Canyon Lodge was built in 1927 out of native stone and timber. It stands at the very cliff edge near Bright Angel Point. Architect Gilbert Stanley Underwood also designed national park lodges in Zion, Bryce, Yellowstone, and Grand Teton National Parks, and the Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite.

North Rim, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

June 4, 2014
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Grand Canyon Lodge on the North Rim

Canyon of the Little Colorado

 thumbnail - The vertiginous viewpoint into the gorge of the Little Colorado River

The vertiginous viewpoint into the gorge of the Little Colorado River

Navajo Indian Reservation, near Cameron, Arizona

May 29, 2002
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Little Colorado River Gorge

Desert View and the Watchtower

 thumbnail - Desert View, easternmost of the viewpoints on the south rim of the Grand Canyon

Desert View, easternmost of the viewpoints on the south rim of the Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

May 29, 2002
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Desert View and Mary Colter's Watchtower

Mather Point on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon

 thumbnail - Crowds of people at popular Mather Point

Crowds of people at popular Mather Point

Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

October 21, 2009
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Mather Point and Information Center

Yavapai Point Museum

 thumbnail - The Yavapai Point Museum, jutting over the edge of the canyon

The Yavapai Point Museum, jutting over the edge of the canyon

Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

October 21, 2009
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Yavapai Point and Yavapai Point Museum

Trains still run to the Grand Canyon

 thumbnail - The Grand Canyon Railway terminates right behind El Tovar Hotel

The Grand Canyon Railway terminates right behind El Tovar Hotel

Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

October 21, 2009
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Grand Canyon Village

Hopi House on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon

 thumbnail - Feeding squirrels in front of the Hopi House

Feeding squirrels in front of the Hopi House

Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

October 21, 2009
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Historic Lodges on the South Rim

Bright Angel Cabins on the edge of the Grand Canyon

 thumbnail - Some of the Bright Angel Lodge's rustic cabins are almost right on the canyon rim

Some of the Bright Angel Lodge's rustic cabins are almost right on the canyon rim

Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

October 21, 2009
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Historic Lodges on the South Rim

Lookout House on the clifftop

 thumbnail - From the lower viewpoint at Lookout House gift shop

From the lower viewpoint at Lookout House gift shop

Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

October 21, 2009
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Lookout House and Kolb's Studio

Beginning of the Bright Angel Trail down into the Grand Canyon

 thumbnail - Kolb's Studio at the top of the Bright Angel Trail

Kolb's Studio at the top of the Bright Angel Trail

Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

May 29, 2002
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Lookout House and Kolb's Studio

Toroweap Overlook, 3000 feet straight down, no crowds, no railing

 thumbnail - There is a 3000 foot sheer drop to the river from Toroweap Overlook

There is a 3000 foot sheer drop to the river from Toroweap Overlook

Toroweap, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

May 18, 2006
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Toroweap Point

Glen Canyon Dam

 thumbnail - Glen Canyon Dam from the visitor center balcony

Completed in 1966, this dam across the Colorado River is a concrete arch gravity dam 710 feet (220 meters) high and 1560 feet (480 meters) wide. It is 25 feet (8 meters) wide at the top and 300 feet (91 meters) wide at the bottom.

Glen Canyon Dam, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Arizona

June 6, 2014
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Glen Canyon Dam

Glen Canyon Bridge

 thumbnail - Glen Canyon Dam from the bridge

Glen Canyon Bridge was built in 1959, just before the dam, as a construction necessity. It is a steel arch span anchored into sheer cliffs on either side, 700 feet (210 meters) above river level.

Glen Canyon Dam, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Arizona

June 6, 2014
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Glen Canyon Dam

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