Standing anywhere on the edge of the Grand Canyon one does not see the full enormity of the Canyon. It stretches 277 miles long and up to 18 miles wide. It’s depth reaches 6,083 feet. In 1869 John Wesley Powel and a small group of brave explorers were the first Europeans to travel its length in small boats floating on the Colorado River. Powel was the first to map its coordinates. Today the Canyon stands as one of the most impressive views on earth. Thousands flock to the South Rim each year to see this marvelous place. Few venture to the North Rim, which is approximately 1,000 feet higher than the South Rim. It is an extremely remote area away from much of civilization with few visitors.
The biodiversity of the North Rim is different than the South Rim. Because of its altitude it includes the Boreal Forest, consisting of spruce, fir, aspen and pine trees. Many species of small and large animals roam in the vast unfenced open range wilderness. Frequent and deep snow causes the North Rim to be closed for seven months each year. The sunrises and sunsets are spectacular. Layers of multi colored rock formations tell the history of the canyon, shown by its continuous erosion. Frequently one is able to be all alone when viewing these marvelous colors and lines. Many trails lead to various edges where completely different views are seen. Hopefully, this side of the Canyon along with many other of our National Parks can be saved from the intrusion of commercialism for generations to come.
This post is introducing an additional photographer, Betty Johnson. Her many years as a photographer will give another perspective to this website. These are just a few images of one of our treasured lands.
We hope you like them.