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National Canyon Chocolate Flow

National Canyon Chocolate Flow

National Canyon is located on mile 167 of the Colorado River when rafting through the Grand Canyon. It is a classic stop for river trips, and nearly impossible to legal access from the rim, because the route would have to pass through the Hualapai Nation. National Canyon for many years was one of the larger and more popular campsites on the river, however in the summer of 2012 it was hit by an apocalyptic flash flood that wiped it out, making it not so great of a place to camp anymore, but it is still a decent half-mile hike up the canyon with some periodic scrambling, to a nice waterfall and swimming area. The big flood inside this canyon also ripped out all trees in here and scoured the canyon’s cliff walls of all vegetation. During my visit here it had rained the previous two nights, and while there was no flooding going on, there were dirt-stained waters flowing through here from the previous rains. This produced a surprisingly nice change of water color when photographing against the Redwall and Muav limestone rock layers present here.

Pictured here is the scene at the end of the hike with waterfall and swimming pool. After the rest of the travelers had cooled off in the waters, stirring it up, I enjoyed the brown water as a natural contrast to the Muav Limestone here.