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Colorado River Running Through the Grand Canyon


What is the Grand Canyon? If you typed this question into your search engine you would likely get a simple geographical/geological answer stating some basic trivia and facts. However, this is actually a more complicated question and answer than one can sum up in a few short sentences.

The Grand Canyon is one of the most unique and awe inspiring places on earth. It has been a sacred place to native cultures for many thousands of years. It was one of the very last places explored and mapped in our American west. It is the most popular and most visited of all the seven natural wonders of the world. The Grand Canyon is a stark contrast of beauty and grandeur, with a very harsh and unforgiving landscape. It is a place that many come for healing, inspiration, solitude, and a reconnection to nature. It comprises a series of canyons so vast one could spend an entire lifetime exploring it, and still not have seen it all. Of all the many side canyons and tributaries making up the Grand Canyon they all have one thing in common. That is they all drain into the Colorado River, "the life blood of the west", and the main canyon it scours out. This Giant network of Canyons, and the main canyon, make up what is known as the “Grand Canyon”.

The Colorado River running the length of the Grand Canyon is a place many people come to again and again, all for their own personal reasons. A trip on this river offers an adventure vacation that ranges from peaceful moments, floating on calm waters listening to birds sing, to wet wild rapids full of adrenaline and excitement. From surreal beautiful sunsets and nice starry nights, to violent thunder and lightning storms producing powerful flash floods. Hikes over dry barren landscapes, to frolicking in pools created by waterfalls in lush desert oasis's. The Grand Canyon is a sanctuary for my own heart, soul, and mind, that rejuvenates me every time I visit. I personally have been showing people what the Grand Canyon is for over 15 years via a river trip. In all those years and well over 100 trips down the river I have never had a trip where someone didn't say to me "this experience changed my life".

There's no way to fully put into words what the Grand Canyon is. The many sensations and breath taking moments it can provide. The humbling awe of being so small in something so big. The only way to really know what the Grand Canyon is is to experience it for yourself. I have hiked in and out of it numerous times, and truly believe the best way to really find out what the Grand Canyon is for yourself, is by going on a river trip. In doing so you will disconnect from all the distractions of society, the mundane grind of the day to day, and reconnect with yourself, loved ones, and nature.

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I'm Joe Clark and am a local to southern Utah. I have been working as a guide on the Colorado River for the last 15 years with Western River Expeditions.
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