The Grand Canyon
Standing at the rim of the Grand Canyon the majesty of nature stretches out before you.
Ravens caw out from their distant perches and California Condors soar and glide on thermal updrafts.
Desert plant life clings to the canyon edges hiding some 250 species of birds, 70 species of mammals, 25 types of reptiles, and five species of amphibians.
Grandeur Point (elev. 7,037 feet)
The canyon averages 10 miles wide and about a mile deep
Most geologists believe that the canyon is about six million years old
The canyon was carved by the Colorado River, which originates in the mountains of Wyoming and Colorado
The canyon's oldest rock layers (at the bottom of the canyon) are at least 1.7 billion years old
The Colorado River carves a colorful course cutting one mile deep into the Grand Canyon.
The Colorado River has remained relatively narrow over the last six million years
The Colorado River was called River of the blue-green waters
by the Havasupai Indians
The Colorado River is surprisingly cold. Even in summer it is 50 degrees Fahrenheit at its warmest
Unkar Delta - The red banks of the river are Dox Sandstone
The Colorado River is known for its furious rapids and drops 1,900 feet on its ever-narrowing path through the Canyon from Lee's Ferry to Lake Mead
Joan with long-time friend Paul and his wife Alex
Bright Angel Lodge (left) and Lookout Studio (right)
The Canyon's Mules
For over 4,000 years, the area has been continuously inhabited by Native Americans. A Hopi Indian Hoop Dancer
manipulates the hoops to portray himself as different animals and birds
The Hopi House (1905), designed by Mary Jane Colter to resemble a Hopi pueblo building
The Yavapai Watchtower designed by Mary Jane Colter in 1930 to mimic an Anasazi
The Watchtower was constructed with each stone handpicked for size and appearance. Weathered faces were left untouched to give the tower an ancient look
800-year-old Pueblo Indian ruins
800-year-old Pueblo Indian ruins
El Tovar is a National Historic Landmark. It opened in January 1905 as a luxury hotel for the Santa Fe Railway at a cost of nearly $250,000.
El Tovar is built twenty feet from the very edge of the Canyon's South Rim by architect, Charles Whittlesey
El Tovar was considered by many to be the most elegant hotel west of the Mississippi River.
Bright Angel Lodge
The Grand Canyon Railway
The Grand Canyon Railway has been taking passengers on a fabled journey to the Canyon since 1901
Taking tThe Grand Canyon Railway wiith close friends Paul and Alexandra
The Grand Canyon Railway is a trip back in time on restored rail cars with entertaining musicians
Champagne and music with a view
Out your window, the terrain changes from high desert to prairie and from prairie to pine.
The Grand Canyon Railway is a trip back in time with the antics of cowboy characters.
The train is being attacked by robbers!
Hoover Dam impounds Lake Mead, the largest reservoir in the U.S.
From here the Colorado River turns due south towards Lake Havasu tracing a path of natural wonders and wildlife habitats along the Arizona-California border.
New Highway Bridge
New Highway Bridge Construction
The new bridge (background) vs the old route that croossed over the dam
The New Bridge
Hoover Dam is on the border of Arizona and Nevada
Frank Lloyd Wright's Winter Home
Grand Canyon Tour by Google