Grand Canyon National Park in Coconino County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
The Mighty Colorado?
Can you spot the Colorado River? It looks tiny, surrounded by the vast Grand Canyon, but do not be deceived. Its racing, muddy waters carved the one-mile (1.6 km) depth of Grand Canyon, Standing on the canyon's edge you may feel distant and disconnected from the river. But our connection is strong our thirst for its waters is relentless in the desert Southwest. Today, cities and farms consume Colorado River before it ever reaches the sea.
Can you find the bridge in the view? It spans 440 feet (123 m), carrying hikers and mules 70 feet (21 m) above the river to nearby Phantom Ranch.
In 1963, Lake Powell began backing up behind Glen Canyon Dam, just upstream of Grand Canyon. The dam holds back the Colorado River's canyon-carving power. Still, 128,040 gallons (484,684 liters) per second surges through the Inner Gorge during normal dam operations. That much water would fill an Olympic-size pool in only five seconds. Perhaps the river deserves a gold medal?
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Environment. A significant historical year for this entry is 1963.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Grand Canyon AZ 86023, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. How's the View? (a few steps from this marker); Kaibab Trail Suspension Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); Stephen Tyng Mather (approx. 0.6 miles away); Verkamp's Curios (approx. 1.2 miles away); Hopi House (approx. 1.2 miles away); a different marker also named Hopi House (approx. 1.2 miles away); El Tovar Hotel (approx. 1.2 miles away); El Tovar (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Grand Canyon National Park.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 12, 2022. It was originally submitted on April 28, 2022, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 74 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on April 28, 2022, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.