The Colorado River in the Grand Canyon – 75 Mile Rapid and Papago Creek


Lately, I have been posting photos of the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon on the Rafting Grand Canyon website. I have so far posted there photos of the first 75 miles of the trip. I am now shifting gears, and will continue this presentation in the form of blogs here (believesteve.wordpress.com).

The Colorado River in the Grand Canyon is now uniquely threatened by a proposal to build a tramway from the eastern rim of the Canyon to the river, at the confluence of the Little Colorado River and the Colorado River. This area was featured in a prior post on Rafting Grand Canyon. This tramway would do irreparable harm to the scenic and wilderness values of the Grand Canyon and Grand Canyon National Park. Those who love our irreplaceable wild places must now lend their efforts to the defeat of this proposal.

The last post ended at 75 Mile Canyon, and this post begins with 75 Mile Rapid, and continues to Papago Creek. 9 photos.

75 Mile Rapid, upstream view. 75 Mile has a few large holes randomly distributed throughout the middle and bottom of the rapid. Note the rapidly rising layers of the Shinumo Quartzite in the cliff on the opposite side of the river.

75 Mile Rapid, upstream view. 75 Mile has a few large holes randomly distributed throughout the middle and bottom of the rapid, seen here. Note the rapidly rising layers of the Shinumo Quartzite in the cliff on the opposite side of the river.

75 Mile Rapid, downstream view (photo taken from a position farther upstream than the prior photo)

75 Mile Rapid, downstream view, with rafts (photo taken from a position farther upstream than the prior photo).

Cataraft passes one of the large holes

Cataraft passes one of the large holes

Patrick and Mahan hit a wave at the top of 75 Mile

Patrick and Mahan hit a wave at the top of 75 Mile

Rattlesnake in a bailing bucket

Rattlesnake in a bailing bucket

The large campsite at Papago Creek makes for a good lay-over camp, with hiking possibilities back upstream to 75 Mile Canyon, up Papago Creek or down to Hance Rapid

The large campsite at Papago Creek makes for a good lay-over camp, with hiking possibilities back upstream to 75 Mile Canyon, up Papago Creek or down to Hance Rapid

In Papago Creek, another quartzite slot canyon

In Papago Creek, another quartzite slot canyon

This raven kept a close on on us at Papago Creek

This raven kept a close eye on on us at Papago Creek

Downstream view of Papago Creek delta, the mouth of Red Canyon and the South Rim, far in the distance

Downstream view of Papago Creek delta, the mouth of Red Canyon and the South Rim, far in the distance. Hance Rapid is just out of view, around the corner

 

 

About believesteve

I am a photographer and have published a book of photography and accompanying text on running the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. The first (print) edition is out of print, but a second edition is available as an iBook (eBook) through the iTunes bookstore. All Grand Canyon, river and nature lovers will enjoy my book: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-grand/id672492447?ls=1
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