Grand Canyon Ribbon Falls Grand Scale

View from "the alcove" looking west at the Falls. Tom gives perspective on the size of the falls.


My Guardian Angel by Robert Service

"When looking back I dimly see

The trails my feet have trod,

Some hand divine, it seems to me,

Has pulled the strings with God;

Some angel form has lifeward leaned

When hope for me was past;

Some love sublime has intervened

To save me at the last."


Here is the view looking out from behind those falls.


  • Stormin Norm 8y

    Ahh yes... I wanted that same shot but the trail to that side was closed
  • letterknit 8y

    I like how you have the person in the picture to see how high the falls are!
    Seen in U.S. National Parks. (?)
  • Asiunka 8y

    wow great idea with the person ! it does show the magnitude of this !
    Seen in Unaltered Nature and Landscapes
  • Al_HikesAZ 8y

    Norm - would you really let a little something like this stop you?
    End of the trail? Here's your sign.
  • Douglas Earl 8y

    Wow, gorgeous shot, I would love to go there now.
  • Lynn Morag 8y

  • gem66 8y

    This is great, Al. I love it!
  • Bruce Cooner 7y

    Water is life. Neat picture.
  • outdoorPDK 7y

    Wow! ...Special photo of a fantastic place.!
  • goeringjon 7y

    Thanks Al, can wait to see it in person in Sep
  • David 6y

    Incredible. I missed that when I was there. Great photo.
  • Al_HikesAZ 6y

    djade20 - this is about 7 miles north of Phantom Ranch and about a mile west of the North Kaibab Trail. It's about 1 mile south of Cottonwood campground.
  • Alex 6y

    I still haven't gotten the chanch to hike past Phantom Ranch on the North Kaibab Trait. Looks great!
  • David 6y

    The North Kaibob was closed when I was there due to a rock slide that had crushed a bridge. Just one more excuse to go back... not that I need excuses.
  • Al_HikesAZ 6y

    @plaid-17 - it's a nice dayhike from Phantom ranch. About 7 miles each way but not alot of elevation change. It's easier if you cut across the creek and bushwhack to the Rainbow Falls Trail instead of going up & over Assinine Hill to get to the bridge to the Rainbow falls trail. The bridge makes sense if you are going to or from Cottonwood or if you are going to Upper Ribbon Falls and the Ruins.

    @Dave - I remember that and I saw some photos. They have repaired or replaced those bridges and sections and they built a bridge (the 5th bridge(?)) over the marsh/swamp area. I used to hate getting my feet wet there. But one time we looked just off trail and we think it was a beaver looking back at us. Might have been a muskrat. Not sure and we weren't quick enough to get a photo.

    @Plaid-17 & dave - Look at the discussion in the Grand Canyon group, I added a reference to a Yahoo Group Grand_Canyon_hikers. It's worth monitoring if you are serious about hiking the Canyon.
  • ladigue_99 6y

    what a nice place!
    your photostream is a source of inspiration for me!
  • light detail 5y

    That is spectacular! That must have been quite a sight to explore.
  • Desert.Sage {:::Heating UP!!:::} 5y

  • John Beeson 9mo

    I have spent 3 weeks in the Canyon and have seen the places you have been. Would love to go back.
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Taken on May 26, 2006
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