Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona - Fine Art of the Inner Canyon
by John Blaustein
Editor's Note: Our special guest, renowned photographer and author, John Blaustein,
pays a second visit to American West Travelogue to showcase some of his Inner
Canyon favorites. John spent ten seasons photographing the Grand Canyon while
working as a guide rowing dories down the Colorado River. In so doing he
developed an eye for the canyon's beauty which very few people have achieved
or ever will achieve. In the photos on this page, John interprets nature as
art in ways few of us would consider.
Now, as a top professional photographer, John offers his Grand Canyon photos
as large format prints with the highest quality materials and processing methods.
If you'd like to own such a work of art, please visit his
Plate 16. " Rock sculpture " in the Supai formation, photographed from the boat
just below Sheer Wall Rapid.
Plate 17. Mile 20. A pool carved into the Supai formation about a mile from
the river up North Canyon.
Plate 49. Mile 93. Granite Falls at sunset. A long exposure time produced the
soft effect in the water; broken clouds pro- vided the spot lighting on the far wall.
Plate 103. Blue sky and golden canyon walls reflected in the river as it flows
over shallow rocks.
Plate 77. Blue sky and golden canyon walls reflected in the river as it flows
over shallow rocks.
Plate 72. A redbud tree in the gorge above Deer Creek Falls.
Plate 81. Near Mile 166. Downstream view, floating toward National Canyon in
the late afternoon.
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(Note: The story and photographic images on this page are copyright © 2000, John Blaustein.
Permission is required to use or reprint this material in any way.)
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About Grand Canyon National Park
For detailed information visit our Grand Canyon Area Travel Guide.
Grand Canyon National Park is in northern Arizona about 80 miles north of Flagstaff, Arizona. Most visitor activities center on the South Rim and North Rim villages on either side of the canyon. The South Rim is is the destination of most visitors, 80 miles north of Flagstaff, and convenient to Interstates 40 and 17, 210 miles from Phoenix and about 275 miles from Las Vegas. The more remote North Rim is accessed by secondary roads, about 350 miles from Phoenix and 275 miles from Las Vegas. The two rims are only about 10 air miles apart but 215 miles by road.
The South and North Rims offer visitor services such as food, lodging and camping, as well as access to the most popular trails into the canyon. The South Rim is open all year but at 7,000 feet elevation experiences winter. Many of its vista points offer views of the Colorado River and the Inner Canyon. At 8,000 feet, the North Rim offers cool summers but must close from November to May due to harsh winters. It is far less crowded than the South Rim but offers limited views of the Inner Canyon.
The Phantom Ranch sits in the bottom of the canyon between the two rims. It offers rental cabins, bunkhouses, meals and snacks. There is also a nearby campground.
Almost all Grand Canyon activities must be reserved well in advance, including lodging, camping, backpacking, mule trips, and white water rafting, as well as meals at the Phantom Ranch.
Havasu Canyon with its beautiful falls and travertine pools is outside of Grand Canyon National Park. For information, visit the Official Website of the Havasupai Tribe.
The scenic Grand Canyon Railway runs from Williams, Arizona to the South Rim and offers a variety of services.
For more park information and visitor services, visit the Grand Canyon National Park (NPS) website.
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The South Rim of the Grand Canyon is 80 miles northwest of Flagstaff, Arizona, via US-180.
The North Rim is 44 miles south of Jacob Lake, Arizona, on state 67. Each is
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