2,460 feet.

March 24, 2012 § Leave a comment

“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is symbolic as well as actual beauty in the migration of the birds, the ebb and flow of the tides, the folded bud ready for the spring. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature – the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after the winter.” – Rachel Carson

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Grand Canyon from Space NASA


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From the Bottom of the Grand Canyon



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Deer at Phantom Ranch GC


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Cabin at Phantom Ranch GC


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“Phantom Ranch opened in 1922, though construction continued until 1930. Designed to resemble a working ranch, the cluster of guest cabins and canteen comprise the only accommodations in the inner canyon. Shaded by cottonwoods, lying between Bright Angel Creek and the Colorado River, Phantom Ranch is a riparian oasis.

In addition to native seep willow and coyote willow, peach, pomegranate, and fig trees grow around the ranch. During the 1930s, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) set up a winter camp here and made several improvements.”


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Phantom Ranch’s elevation is 2,460 feet; that is about 4,800 feet lower than the South Rim and about 5,800 feet lower than the North Rim.

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Bighorn bottom of GC


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“The love of wilderness is more than a hunger for what is always beyond reach; it is also an expression of loyalty to the earth … the only home we shall ever know, the only paradise we ever need — if only we had the eyes to see.” – Edward Abbey


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