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Perhaps the final frontier for exploration in the American Southwest, the Colorado River and its tributaries offer some of the deepest and most remote slot canyons to be found anywhere in the world. These narrow chasms and passages, formed through eons of rain and flooding, are often hundreds of feet deep yet only a few feet wide.  With names like Elve’s Chasm, Silver Grotto and Vasey’s Paradise the known wonders of the inner gorge of Grand Canyon showcase mystical pockets of life contrasted by the surrounding arid desert.  Yet because many slot canyons are too thin to find their way onto a USGS topographical map they remain unexplored and unseen by the human eye.

Badger Canyon

Badger Creek is located on the north rim of Grand Canyon not too far from Lee’s Ferry and Navajo Bridge over Marble Canyon.  As far as ease of access, this is one of the nicest technical canyons I have done in the area.  There are three solid drops, each of which is beautiful and unique.  

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Deer Creek – East Fork

By all accounts, you would think this canyon would be incredibly dramatic, narrow and technical, but alas it is not.  The topo maps and satellite photos show something greater than what is really there.  It is definitely a beautiful canyon regardless, but compared to its sister tributaries it is the lesser of the bunch.  There

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Deer Creek Narrows

Though the narrows itself are short, this is a spectacular route located deep within Grand Canyon.  As of June 2012, this route has now been closed by the Park and is no longer a legal canyoneering route.  Quite the shame, but it is what it is.  These photos were taken from a descent in 2008,

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Grand Canyon (Lower)

This is a beautiful 5 day run that is often done as an extension to a full Grand Canyon run.  This is commonly referred to as Diamond Down since it the put in is at Diamond Creek, with a takeout at Pearce Ferry.  The photos here are from before the ramp at Pearce Ferry was

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Grand Canyon (Upper)

A prized jewel amongst any season rafter, the Colorado River thru Grand Canyon is the adventure of a lifetime.  It is the river of all rivers.  The Canyon of all canyons.  The chasm that defines the word.  This is the adventure of a lifetime and will humble the most seasoned of world travelers.  I believe

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Havasu Creek

This is a place that is more appropriate for a child’s wild and wandering mind.  Havasu Creek is one of those places that really can change your life.  There is something about this place, call it magic or spirit or god or jeebus or whatever you would like, but there is something special going on

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Little Colorado River

Similar to the waters found within Havasu Creek, the Little Colorado River has cut a fantastic but rarely traveled gorge.  From the city of Cameron, this canyon is a dry wash until you reach blue spring.  From there, these neon blue waters wander their way thru a fantastic gorge to an eventual confluence with the

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North Canyon

This is an out and back adventure down North Canyon within Grand Canyon National Park.  From the rim and drop in point, which is reached by driving many miles off of highway 89A, on the Canyon’s north rim, it is a long and uninteresting slog to the narrows and the one and only rappel.  The

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Rider Canyon

Rider Canyon is a non-technical way to gain access to the Colorado River thru the Grand Canyon.  Though ropes are not required, there are some spicy climbs and scrambles to make it to the river.  As the confluence closes in, so do the walls of the canyon and there is a fantastic section of narrows

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Shinumo Wash

Shinumo Wash, also known as Silver Grotto, has become one of the trade routes within Grand Canyon National Park fore its relative ease of access compared to other routes in the area.  The narrows of the appropriately named Silver Grotto is an outstanding section of pools and polished walls tucked amongst soaring walls.  The drive

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Tatahatso Canyon

The Grand Canyon is a formidable challenge in any regards and the slot canyons within its walls are no exception.  Tatahatso Canyon is a rough and difficult route that will take you two days to complete.  It is an amazing loop that starts – and ends – with the Eminence Break, an old fault line

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