We thought about going to the Grand Canyon today. However, predictions were for 1-2 hour waits at the entrance, no parking, slow traffic. Instead we decided to go to the part of Grand Canyon National Park that fewer people visit – Marble Canyon. We set out with our friend, Kathy, to visit these red rocks.
The park was extended for just a half mile or so on each side of the river eastward to the Glen Canyon Recreation Area. This includes Marble canyon. Grand Canyon begins after the Little Colorado River joins the Colorado River. Therefore, this beautiful canyon just upstream cannot be called Grand. However, John Wesley Powell dubbed it Marble Canyon because he thought the polished sandstone was as beautiful as marble.
Here are a few photos of our adventure. Click on an image to enlarge it.
There were no condors present today, but I did manage to catch a local crow/raven watching us for possible dropped food.
The road ends at the bottom of the canyon at Lee’s Ferry, an historical site and the preferred launching site for Grand Canyon raft trips. Here’s a group packing their rafts for departure.
It was a grand day that began in Flagstaff at 32 degrees and peaked at Lee’s Ferry at 93!
Dinner was at Delhi Palace, a top rated Indian restaurant in Flagstaff. What a great day!