Just after mile 30 is Vasey’s Paradise – a lush green spring-fed oasis on river right. Water falls from groundwater emerging from the upper cliff faces.

John Wesley Powell named this beautiful area for a botanist and friend who accompanied him on earlier expeditions, but was unable to attend the 1869 expedition.

Crimson and yellow monkey-flower, ferns, watercress, and other species thrive in this natural garden including our favorite endangered river species: the Kanab ambersnail.

As this is a highly sensitive habitat, you won’t be stopping for a closer look, but your white water rafting guides will get as close as possible.

Vasey’s Paradise in the Grand Canyon was last modified: July 22nd, 2015 by admin

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