Colorado River Grand Canyon
The Colorado River is the beating heart of the Grand Canyon. Starting at its headwaters in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, this mighty river flows 1450 miles to the Gulf of California, 277 miles of which flow through the Grand Canyon. The Colorado is the major tool in the creation of the canyon, and one of the major sources of life sustaining water for many western states. With 277 river miles and over twice that distance along both rims, this is a fairly vast area and most places in the inner canyon are only accessible via foot or boat, making trip planning before your visit more important for adventures below the rim.
The average visitation to Grand Canyon National Park is only 2 hours and few visitors ever venture below the rim. Although the views from the South Rim and North Rim are unsurpassed, you just don't get a true Grand Canyon experience without a little exercise. Stepping below the rim gives you a totally new perspective of the Grand Canyon that changes as you make your way to the Colorado River, where there are vast stretches people cannot even see from the top of the canyon. Whether you hike from the rim, get in a raft, hop on a mule, take a flight, or drive out to a scenic overlook to get a view of the Colorado River, make sure you spend a little time taking in this awesome force of nature. Read the guide below to learn more.