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“The mind seemed to grow giddy by looking so far into the abyss of time” ― Sir James Hall (This view is from Monument Creek Vista, just as one steps off the Hermit Road shuttle bus.) #GrandCanyon #Arizona [Image description: Looking past a rugged limestone outcropping, across an open expanse, to a series of rust-red cliffs. In the center, a circular shadow reveals a distant amphitheater within a wall.) -mq
#ThrowbackThursday - Would you cross the river in this open cage? Back in 1907 a cable car would take you across the Colorado River to Rust's Camp, alongside Bright Angel Creek (Where Phantom Ranch is now.) Flip through for more photos. Former U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt stayed at the camp in 1913, and the camp was named after him for a while - until Phantom Ranch was constructed and opened in 1922. . * 2) Here is Grand Canyon Pioneer, David Rust standing by his cableway terminal with towering canyon cliffs behind him. * 3) Some well-dressed folks sitting within the metal cage of the cable car, about to be winched cross the river. * 4) A view up Bright Angel Creek in a side canyon with steep sides. Can you see the row of white tents at Rust Camp? This is the approximate location of today's Phantom Ranch. * . 5) For a little extra sport, a young fellow crosses the cable hand-over-hand, with a wide river below him, and canyon walls all around. * . #GrandCanyon #Arizona #100YearsOfGrand #History #ColoradoRiver -mq Photos courtesy of Grand Canyon National Park Museum Collection
Purple cacti in Grand Canyon?! It may look otherworldly, but when some species of prickly pears don't get enough water, they may turn purple! It's a similar effect to when some leaves turn red or orange during the fall. Have you ever seen something that looked like it was from another planet in a national park? Photo courtesy of Emily Wagner @emilyrjwagner . [Image description: In the foreground, a row of flat, purple cacti pads, with distant buttes and peaks rising in the background.]
Did you know that the Elk (Cervus elaphus nelsoni) currently living in Grand Canyon National Park are not originally from here? In fact, they aren’t fully adapted to living in this dry climate. . From 1913-1928, 303 elk from Yellowstone National Park were introduced to the state of Arizona. Over time, they migrated north and have become a fixture in Grand Canyon National Park. However, the species still hasn’t fully adapted to the dry climate of Northern Arizona. . As the southwestern United States has been experiencing prolonged drought prior to recent seasonal monsoon rains, be mindful of the struggle that resident wildlife are enduring. With a short season to capitalize on fresh greenery and vegetation, these animals can become persistent and aggressive in their quest for fuel of any kind. Especially elk mothers with calves. . Providing food and water sources to elk and other wildlife is not only illegal in a national park, it is a bad idea anywhere: ‘helping’ animals in times of perceived need actually hurts them in times of plenty. They will learn to stop looking for natural resources and suffer greater consequences in the long run. Please remember to turn off or cap bottle-filling stations and water sources in the park! And always keep at least 100 feet (30m) from elk. . Image descriptions: 1) A cow elk in profile walking on a bikepath in a forest. NPS/S.Behrns 2) Chrome water faucets shine in sunlight at a bottle filling station NPS/B.Maul 3) Rear view of an elk calf staying close to mom in a forest. NPS/S.Behrns ]
A Backcountry Permit is required to camp in a location other than in a developed campground on the North and South Rims. Bright Angel Campground (green area on the right in this photo) is at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, 9.9 miles from the South Rim and 14 miles from the North Rim. The campground is 1/2 mile north of the Colorado River, and sits along Bright Angel Creek. The campground is less than 1/2 mile from Phantom Ranch. The area is located by the river delta where Bright Angel Creek meets the Colorado River. . To reach this campground you can travel the South Kaibab Trail (and cross the black bridge) or the Bright Angel Trail (and cross the silver bridge) from the South Rim — or travel the North Kaibab Trail from the North Rim. Cottonwood trees shade Bright Angel Campground and the creek is a wonderful place to cool off. #GrandCanyon #Arizona #Backcountry #Hiking #Geology [Image description: looking down steep, and dark rock walls of a river gorge, with a green river flowing at the bottom. To the right, up a side canyon, is an area of green trees.]
"Deep time, it could be said, is Nature’s way of giving the Earth room for its history. The recognition of deep time might be geology’s paramount contribution to human knowledge.” ― Keith Meldahl . Kaibab limestone, the top layer of rock, as seen from Mather Point on the South Rim of #GrandCanyon #Arizona #EarthFocus #Geology #DiscoverEarth #Sunset [Image description: in the foreground, the top of a limestone pillar broken into three large slabs as the last orange rays of sunset light strike the top of distant canyon walls.] NPS/M.Quinn .
Pima Point offers one of the best places on the canyon rim to see and sometimes hear the Colorado River. In the photo, on right, Granite Rapid, far below, can be heard on quiet days. Pima Point is a two-way bus stop; east-bound and west-bound for the Hermit Route shuttle (Red Route). . #GrandCanyon #ColoradoRiver #Arizona [Image description: Looking down, past a sheer cliff, onto an expansive desert landscape of peaks and buttes, that rise from a rocky, river gorge far below.] (NPS/M.Quinn)
"Joy in looking and comprehending is nature's most beautiful gift." - Albert Einstein. . (View down North Kaibab Trail switchbacks from below Supai Tunnel. NPS photo) [Image description: looking down a steep hillside at a series of trail switchbacks cutting through pinkish colored rock, and working their way down steep slopes into the depths of a narrow canyon.] -mq
A powerful shot of a thunderstorm over #GrandCanyon National Park. With monsoon season underway in the Desert Southwest, remember that lighting is common in Arizona. Viewpoints located near buildings, (or even on shuttle bus stops) like those in Grand Canyon Village and at Yavapai Geology Museum are safest, since they offer potential shelter from lightning. If you are outside and thunder roars, change your plans and go indoors! Every year people are struck by lightning at Grand Canyon. Photo by Travis Roe ( [Image description, several large bolts of lightning flash from the foreground to background, above a canyon landscape of ridgelines and cliffs.]
During summer months, temperatures within Grand Canyon are extremely high. Plan your day so you are not hiking between the hours of 10 am and 5 pm. Take a break near shade and water to avoid the worst heat of day. Enjoy a predawn start and a late afternoon finish. * Hikers need to be aware that temperatures rise about five degrees for every 1,000 feet they descend on the trail. Phantom Ranch, nearly 4,600 feet below the South Rim, can reach more than 120 degrees F. during summer. [Image description: surrounded by desert scrub, several tall trees are growing in a narrow ravine that cuts through a broad plateau. In the distance, a series of colorful cliffs rise against a deep blue sky. - mq
At the bottom of Grand Canyon, where Unkar Creek joins the Colorado River, Ancestral Puebloan people lived and farmed here for around 350 years. (A.D. 850 to A.D. 1200) The Unkar Delta area is visible from Lipan Point on the South Rim, and Walhalla Overlook on the North Rim. #GrandCanyon #Arizona #Heritage #History (NPS/Tom Bean) * [Image Descriptions: Two images show a river encircling a flat sandy delta on one side, with a steep cliff on the other. Two images show what were once stone walls, now just outlines where there once were rooms.]
A tenacious pinyon pine clings to the earth on Windy Ridge, along South Kaibab Trail. Somehow this tree has survived years of wind and a scarcity of topsoil and water. -mq #GrandCanyon #Arizona #FridayMotivation #MeToo . [Image description: a small pine tree with a complex network of exposed roots growing against a rock slab and clinging to soil within nearby fissures.]
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