Category Archives: Colorado River in the Grand Canyon

Trips on the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon

The Colorado River in the Grand Canyon – Tapeats Creek, Mile 133.7

Tapeats Creek! It’s a crystal-clear trout stream fed by springs that issue from below the North Rim, one of which is the spectacular Thunder River Spring which shoots out of a cave in a limestone cliff. The diabase mentioned above … Continue reading

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The Colorado River in the Grand Canyon – Deubendorff Rapid and Stone Creek, Mile 131

March, 2007. We arrived at Bedrock Rapid on a cold and rainy day. Unintentionally, of course, three of our rafts went left. One made it, one flipped and one was maneuvered out of the river left eddy with ropes from … Continue reading

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The Colorado River in the Grand Canyon – the Middle Granite Gorge, Miles 127 – 130

The Middle Granite Gorge begins at 127 Mile rapid, as the first of its characteristic black schist appears. The next mile is packed full of things that you’ll want to take a close look at, most especially the fluted and … Continue reading

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The Colorado River in the Grand Canyon – 122 Mile Rapid to Randy’s Rock, Miles 122 – 126

In August of last year (2014), I began a series of posts on running the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. That series temporarily ended with the area surrounding Blacktail Canyon, Miles 117 – 121: (https://believesteve.wordpress.com/2014/12/09/the-colorado-river-in-the-grand-canyon-blacktail-canyon-mile-117-121/). Now I begin again, … Continue reading

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The Colorado River in the Grand Canyon – Blacktail Canyon, Mile 117 – 121

We tear ourselves away from Elves Chasm and drift downstream towards Blacktail Canyon, another favorite. In Stephen Aisle, at Mile 117, the Monument Fold fault intersects the river, and brings the Tapeats Sandstone to river level. Blacktail is a slot … Continue reading

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The Colorado River in the Grand Canyon – Elves Chasm, Mile 116.5

Elves Chasm is one of the very special places in the river corridor. Many river runners are content to do the short walk to the first falls, and then return to the boats. The first falls may, indeed,  be the … Continue reading

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The Colorado River in the Grand Canyon – Miles 109 to 115

109 Mile Rapid follows closely after Shinumo Rapid. Evidence of more faulting and Supergroup rocks are seen there on river right. At the end of this straight stretch is Hakatai Canyon, on river right at Mile 110.9. The Tapeats Sandstone … Continue reading

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