Indian Gardens, Grand Canyon
In June 2004 we spent a weekend at Indian Gardens, 4.5 miles by trail below the Grand Canyon South Rim, hosted by friends Larry and Ellen. Larry, who is an engineer in charge of the South Rim water pump house, is one of a very few that has a residence below the Grand Canyon rim. Larry and his wife Ellen, a former Grand Canyon ranger, shared their considerable knowledge of the area while we explored historic ruins, enjoyed sunrises overlooking the Colorado River, and relaxed at Larry's Indian Garden residence.
(s = 35mm, m=6x7 Medium Format, l=4x5 Large Format, d=digital)
On the lower
left you can see four residences. Our destination is the far left house.
Our weekend home at Indian Gardens. To get here, we hiked from the rim seen on the upper left. (d)
On the following morning, we had breakfast before heading out for our hike. (d)
We hiked out to Plateau Point, another 1.5 miles past Indian
Gardens to catch sunrise,
Looking the other way, we can see the end of the Plateau Point trail where the rails are. (d)
A large format picture of a Southern view from Plateau Point. (l)
Standing at the edge of Plateau Point, the Colorado can be seen below. (d)
A nearby cave,
offering views to the East. The old Bright Angel Trail can be seen to
the right. This trail is now
Sunrise lights the Plateau. (d)
grainary on the center right. To get here, we had to climb off trail
to reach this ledge,
Another shot of historical ruins. (d)
Back at Larry's
residence, we enjoy a very comfortable environment after a day of exploring.
After a day of hiking, enjoying the sunset from Larry's porch. What a view! (d)
© 2010 John Miranda