The Canyon can reach up to 18 miles wide but the average is around 10 miles. It can be pretty incredible to look out across the depths of Grand Canyon to the other side. The North Rim actually rises over 1,000 feet higher that the South Rim which can make for some pretty incredible views and vistas.
It can be as deep as one mile which is pretty amazing. Even more incredible considering that guests on either Upper or Lower Canyon trips undertake a hike either into or out of Grand Canyon which means that they climb up or down about a mile just in elevation alone. Talk about a stair master.
Grand Canyon is 277 miles long measured from Lees Ferry. Most Hatch trips occur within River Mile 0 through 188 just below Lava Falls.
The Colorado River is 1,450 miles long. It cuts through seven US states and two states in Mexico. The headwaters lie in the Rocky Mountains. This river drains 246,000 square miles of land. Other rivers included in this drainage include the Green, White, San Juan, Little Colorado and Virgin Rivers.
As is mentioned above the headwaters are located in the Rocky Mountains and the mouth ends in the Gulf of California.
Though it varies dramatically, the average depth is about 33 feet but it gets as deep as 90 feet.
The river averages about 300 feet wide. The smallest width is 76 feet and the widest width is 600 feet.
The average gradient is about 8 feet per mile. It falls around 1,900 feet from River Mile 0 to 280. This matters because as the altitude drops the temperature increases. Average temps near Lake Mead vary dramatically from averages at Lees Ferry.
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8 Questions to Test Your Knowledge of Grand Canyon on Colorado River Raft Trips was last modified: July 22nd, 2015 by Photo Courtesy of Bob Golden)