Marble Canyon

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.

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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.

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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!



About Paul

I'm retired, but working at painting, photography, and song writing. We like to travel and paint plein air in new places. Of course that's also where photography comes into the picture, so to speak. Sometimes I get inspired to write songs about the people and places we visit.
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4 Responses to Marble Canyon

  1. Jean-Paul Dumont says:

    Wonderful pictures again. Are you also drawing and painting or are the landscapes filling you with such awe that you are paralyzed. I bet not.
    Do continue to enjoy and share with us.

    • Paul says:

      Alas, there has been little time for drawing and painting. We seem to have a full agenda of activity each day that prevents us from sitting in one place for art. Jean has produced some sketches from the moving car and I have a few done quickly on one of our stops. However, I haven’t photographed them.

  2. Carolyn Raham says:

    So glad you are enjoying your trip!!!

    Sent from my iPhone Carolyn


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