One of many trenches leading to the inner gorge
The Unkar Delta
The Inner Gorge of the canyon is a canyon within a canyon. It is the deepest part eroded by the Colorado. It's depth of 1000 feet would dwarf most other canyons in the world. At it's deepest point it is 1200 feet deep.
The broad sandy area in the right photo is the Unkar Delta. It was formed by the Unkar Creek carrying rock debris to the canyon floor. Prehistoric Pueblo poeple occupied areas on the Delta and along the creek for about 350 years from about 850 to 1200 A.D. Prehistoric remains on the Delta include dwellings and evidence of agriculture.
The Watchtower, another design of Mary Colter
The Colorado River
The left photo is the entire Watchtower. It was designed by Mary Jane Colter and opened in 1933. She was contracted to design the buildings at the Canyon because of her expertise in the architecture of the early inhabitants of the area. She suprevised the construction down to the placement of nearly every stone. This gift shop and viewing tower holds to that form of architecture.
The photo on the right and the left one below is dusk falling over the canyon. The one on the lower right is Cedar Mountain, which I photographed as I was leaving the Park.
~The Tusayan Ruins~
A small Kiva or gathering place
A large Kiva
Living quarters - probably two stories were here
An agricultural area
More storage rooms
The late afternoon sun over the Canyon
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