"May all your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view...where something strange and more beautiful and more full of wonder than your deepest dreams awaits you."
— from Desert Solitare by Edward Abbey


River passengers enjoying a swim in the fern-decked waterfall at Elves Chasm, Mile 116

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The alternative to hiking to the Colorado River: a mule ride to Phantom Ranch
A row boat has a wild run in Hermit Rapid. This rapid often has the tallest waves in the Grand Canyon. A memorable ride!

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Jennifer Beck takes the roller coaster ride down the middle of Hermit Rapid

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Exploring the side canyons is a highlight of any Grand Canyon trip. This waterfall is a three mile hike from the Colorado River, up Stone Creek, River Mile 132.

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Traveling down the Grand Canyon during the rainy season (late July and August) may provide the chance to see dramatic storm lighting on the cliffs, and gorgeous thunderhead clouds.

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A bighorn ram feeding along the river's edge.
 Hikers walking through Redwall limestone narrows in Kanab Creek, a major tributary of the Colorado River at Mile 143.

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