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Grand Canyon Arizona
The Colorado River carves a colorful course across the sandstone spires of Monument Valley and the cobalt-blue waters of Lake Powell on its way west, cutting one mile deep into 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.
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The Battle Ship

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Bright Angel Trail

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Grandeur Point (elev. 7,037 feet)

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The canyon averages 10 miles wide and about a mile deep

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Most geologists believe that the canyon is about six million years old

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The canyon was carved by the Colorado River, which originates in the mountains of Wyoming and Colorado

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The canyon's oldest rock layers (at the bottom of the canyon) are at least 1.7 billion years old

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The Colorado River (left)

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The Colorado River has remained relatively narrow over the last six million years

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The Colorado River was called River of the blue-green waters by the Havasupai Indians

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The Colorado River is surprisingly cold. Even in summer it is 50 degrees Fahrenheit at its warmest

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Unkar Delta - The red banks of the river are Dox Sandstone

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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

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Joan with long-time friend Paul and his wife Alex

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Bright Angel Lodge (left) and Lookout Studio (right)

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The Canyon's Mules

Hopi Indians
For over 4,000 years, the area has been continuously inhabited by Native Americans, who built settlements within the canyon and its many caves.
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A Hopi Indian Hoop Dancer manipulates the hoops to portray himself as different animals and birds

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The Hopi House (1905), designed by Mary Jane Colter to resemble a Hopi pueblo building

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The Yavapai Watchtower designed by Mary Jane Colter in 1930 to mimic an Anasazi watchtower

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The Watchtower was constructed with each stone handpicked for size and appearance. Weathered faces were left untouched to give the tower an ancient look

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800-year-old Pueblo Indian ruins

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800-year-old Pueblo Indian ruins

El Tovar
Designed by Chicago architect Charles Whittlesey, the structure was conceived as a cross between a Swiss chalet and Norwegian villa in an effort to accommodate the elite of that era. First opening its doors in 1905, El Tovar was built from local limestone and Oregon pine, costing nearly $250,000 to build. Initially owned and operated by the Fred Harvey company in conjunction with the Santa Fe Railway, many considered it the most elegant hotel west of the Mississippi River. In 1987, the hotel was designated a National Historic Landmark.
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El Tovar, built twenty feet from the very edge of the Canyon's South Rim, opened in January, 1905 as a luxury hotel for the Santa Fe Railway

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El Tovar was designed by architect, Charles Whittlesey

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Bright Angel Lodge

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The Grand Canyon Railway
Since 1901, the Grand Canyon Railway has been taking passengers on a fabled journey to the heart of one of the seven wonders of the world. Grand Canyon Railway is a trip back in time on restored rail cars with entertaining musicians and the antics of cowboy characters. Out your window, the terrain changes from high desert to prairie, prairie to pine. It’s an ever-changing view so brilliant it could very well change you.
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The 1906 Locomotive #29

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The Grand Canyon Railway

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Champagne and music with a view

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A cowboy?

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The train is being attacked by robbers!

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The Superstition Mountain 5,059 feet
According to the Apaches the Superstition Mountains are the gateway to hell. The Pima Indians famously feared the mountain that they called Ain-we-gophon (Superstition Mountain). According to their folklore, the mountain guards an ancient storehouse of precious metals and treasures, and anyone who ventures forth to get the treasure is likely to die.
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Superstition Mountain is located just east of Apache Junction, AZ

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The Superstitions are most famous for the fabled "Lost Dutchman's Gold Mine" and is perhaps the most famous lost mine in American history.

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The Lost Dutchman Mine is named after German immigrant Jakob Waltz (c. 1810–1891), who purportedly discovered it in the 19th century and kept its location a secret

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The steep, jagged volcanic mountains were formed over 29 million years ago. Animals like deer coyotes, pumas and bobcats live here, existing alongside birds, rodents, snakes, and other reptiles.

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The White Mountains 11,400 feet at Mt. Baldy
The White Mountains are a region in the eastern part of the state near the border with New Mexico. They are a part of the Navajo Nation with much of the range within the Fort Apache Indian Reservation. The highest summit is Mount Baldy with an elevation of 11,400 feet. The mountains are drained to the south by several tributaries of the Salt River, and to the north by the Little Colorado River. Nearby communities include Show Low, Pinetop-Lakeside, Greer, St. Johns, Springerville, Eagar, and McNary.
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Red Mountain 7,968 feet
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Red Mountain, Mesa AZ

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Red Mountain and the Salt River, Mesa AZ

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The Salt River Wild Horses, Mesa AZ

Camelback Mountain 1,428 feet
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See the reclining camel?

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Camelback at sunset from Mesa

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Camelback's Praying Monk

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The Praying Monk of Camelback Mountain

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Homes on Camelback Mountain

Pinaccle Peak 3,173 feet
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Pinaccle Peak, Scottsdale, AZ

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Pinaccle Peak, Scottsdale, AZ

Hoover Dam
The Hoover Dam is on the border of Arizona and Nevada. From here the Colorado River then turns due south towards Lake Havasu, home to the original "London bridge," and Mexico, defining the Arizona–California borders and tracing a path of natural wonders and wildlife habitats.
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Hoover Dam impounds Lake Mead, the largest reservoir in the U.S.

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New Highway Bridge Construction

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The new bridge (background) vs the old route that croossed over the dam

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The New Bridge

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Lake Meade
At the lower end of Grand Canyon, the Colorado widens into Lake Mead, the largest reservoir in the continental United States, formed by Hoover Dam
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Saquaro Lake
Saguaro Lake is the fourth reservoir on the Salt River, formed by the Stewart Mountain Dam. The lake is within the Tonto National Forest off State Route 87 at an elevation of 1,506 feet.
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Saquaro lake is named for the cactus which stand majestically in the surrounding desert landscape

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Saquaro lake is in the Tonto National Forest

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Saquaro Lake is one of four lakes on the Salt River

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Teddybear Rock. Do you see the teddybear peeking over the mountain?

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Spider Rock. Web-like formations created by cooling lava

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Shipwreck Rock

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Shipwreck Rock

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Four Peaks Mountain

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Map of the Lake

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Frank Lloyd Wright's winter home and school in the desert

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