The Grand Canyon - Rim to Rim

Rim to Rim
North Kaibab Trail
At the Bottom
The Colorado River
Indian Gardens
The Final Up
Kudo's to Eb Eberlein

Ribbon Falls

Leaving Cottonwood, we had a 4.5 mile hike down to Phantom Ranch and the Bright Angel campground.

Of the many side trips, Ribbon Falls was our first and most enjoyable. It is located only 10-15 minutes off the Kaibab Trail and very worth the trip. The first picture shows the falls dropping on a limestone dome which almost appears hollow at the bottom. We waited for the entire falls to be in sunshine, but the picture in shade actually came out better.

There is a short trail off to the left which takes you up behind the falls.


To make fun of my fear of heights, I really wanted a "Home Alone" picture [the one where little boy has both hands to his cheeks], but the lighting [me not setting the flash] did not cooperate.

So, here I am standing on the limestone dome, just behind the waterfall.

Please, don't tell anyone that I didn't set the camera properly; I had to enhance the foreground with yours truly to make it a little brighter. But, that's just our secret.

Both Alan and I posed here for pictures... but NOT RYAN!

Ryan saw a sign!

Ryan wanted to continue up the cliff beyond the falls. Well, we took his picture and threatened to tell the Ranger; then he finally came down.

(One in every group! <sigh>)

After Ribbon Falls, the rest of the trip to Phantom Ranch and Bright Angel Campgroung was uneventful...

except for the helicopter.

We were asking Eb what happens if someone became disabled or worse at the bottom of the Canyon. He told us that is was $450 to send a mule down to get you out, or worse, if it was life threatening, a helicopter ride would be $1200.

No sooner had he finished this explanation, then a helicopter came out of nowhere and landed about 50 yards in front of us.

It turned out the the gravity feed water pipe from Roaring Springs across the Canyon had broken. The National Park Service was helicoptering in men and equipment to repair the break. (They wouldn't take any us of out!) Kiss the flush toilets in Bright Angel goodbye!

Bright Angel Campground

After arriving at our Bright Angel campsite, just outside Phantom Ranch, we all took the chance to get a little wet, cooler, and cleaner in the Bright Angel Creek.

The water temperature was probably in the low 60's, not bad, considering it was in the 50's further up the North Rim.

This campground usually has running water and flush toilets. The Park Service was helicoptering in water, and we had to carry buckets from the creek to the facilities to flush. Not bad during the day, but it was a real challenge at night.

Below, is a view of the Bright Angel Creek with the campsites on the right.

Now on to the Colorado.


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