The Colorado River Below Phantom Ranch In The Grand Canyon
Available For Immediate Download. Looking up the muddy Colorado River from the River Trail towards the Silver and Black Bridges and Phantom Ranch, Grand Canyon National Park
The Phantom Ranch area is unique, a last vestige of riparian habitat in Arizona. It also boasts a long history of human occupation. In some ways it has remained remarkably unchanged—still remote, still accessible only by foot, mule, or river. But it is a dynamic environment. Phantom Ranch and Bright Angel Campground, like the rest of the park, are under tremendous pressure from public use. Demand for use far exceeds the carrying capacity of the fragile desert and riparian environments. NPS Photo by Michael Quinn.