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The Incredible Oasis at the End of a Hike to the Bottom of the Grand Canyon

June 23, 2014 at 9:35 AM | by | ()

Havasu Falls at the end of the Havasupai Trail in the Grand Canyon

Most people only see the Grand Canyon from above, looking out from a viewing platform on the South Rim near the visitor center. But getting down into this Wonder of the World provides an incredible perspective on its size and scope, not to mention its beauty.

Adventure travelers have been immersing themselves in the Canyon for centuries, backpacking rim to rim or rafting their way along the Colorado River. Last week, we took one of the easier routes of submersion, hiking the 11-mile Havasupai Trail to what we consider to be the Canyon's, and perhaps North America's, best oasis.

If you're thinking that an 11-mile hike doesn't exactly sound like an "easy route," trust us when we say the trail is timid, at least on the way down. In posts to come, we'll prep you on the gear you'll need to tackle the trail yourself, and then provide an inside look at a tour company that will hold your hand along the way if you need some guidance.

For now, we'd first like to take this opportunity to familiarize you with the experience via a few photos. Believe it or not, the color of the water has not been altered in any way.

[Photos: Will McGough]

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