The Nankoweap Trail was constructed in 1882 by the western explorer and geology enthusiast John Wesley Powell, the first man to delve into the depths of the Grand Canyon. The trail originates at the North Rim’s Kaibab National Forest and gently ascends through ponderosa pine and aspen woodlands. After a few miles, you will reach the rim of the Grand Canyon where unbelievable panoramas will unfold.
After reaching the bottom of the gorge after 11 rugged miles, your camp for the night will be among the cottonwood trees and flowing waters of Nankoweap Creek. The following day head down canyon along the trickling creek to the Colorado River, following the path of least resistance. Views of the emerald green Colorado River in the distance are mesmerizing. Not only will you finally see the river but you’ll hear the roar of the rapids, amplified by the walls of Marble Canyon.
Subsequent days can be spent exploring seldom seen Native American granaries, pottery shards, waterfalls, narrow wooded canyons and geologic richness. A short spur off the main trail along the Colorado leads to Anasazi ruins and a spectacular view of the winding river flanked by monumental rock formations, seemingly stacked one on top of the other.
Suggested LodgingLee's Ferry Lodge - 928-355-2231, http://www.vermilioncliffs.com/
Lee's Ferry Lodge - 928-355-2231, http://www.vermilioncliffs.com/