Hopi Hands Of Deer Creek
After a steep half mile tail from the river, the trail levels out following a slot canyon along narrow precipices, which if you pay careful attention you will see ancient Hopi pictographs of hands painted on the sandstone. In Ancient times, the Hopi of the area believed they were created from one of the main springs that feed this creek, and coming here was part of their after-life ritual when near death as a way of returning to the creator.
Of the many side canyon tributaries that drain into the Colorado River from the Grand Canyon, Deer Creek is a stream that flows through the western Grand Canyon and is fed by a series of springs providing a continuous base flow to creek. During periods of intense rainfall, It can experience severe flash flooding. In the final half mile above the Colorado River, Deer Creek flows through a narrow slot canyon before plunging over a 150 feet waterfall named Deer Creek Falls.