February 23, 2014
Rich Landers photo

The Colorado River flows through a scenic stretch of Grand Canyon National Park past Nankoweap Camp near River Mile 53. The first 53 miles of the Colorado River from the launch at Lee’s Ferry was named Marble Canyon by explorer John Wesley Powell in 1869. For rafters headed downstream, this stretch marks the official beginning of what he later named the Grand Canyon.

 
 
 
 

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