ElevationAscent: 81' 25 m
Descent: -1,882' -574 m
High: 3,766' 1,148 m
Low: 1,964' 599 m
GradeAvg Grade: 12% (7°)
Max Grade: 44% (24°)
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“The huge outpourings of water in this area have attracted people since prehistoric times.”— Nicholas Shannon
Family Friendly Easy to get to if you're coming from a raft, this is spectacularly fun for older kids who could, with a lot of care, explore parts of the slot canyon. To say nothing of the waterfall!
Go west at the trail junction in Surprise Valley to reach Deer Creek. The trail becomes rocky, loose and somewhat exposed as it descends into the arm of Deer Creek. Deer Spring is a wonderful respite, enjoy the water, and celebrate that camp is only 20 minutes away. Below camp, Deer Creek slides over a promenade known as The Patio before gracefully plunging into the famous Narrows. Carved from the hard, resistant Tapeats Formation, the Narrows are, in a word, enchanting; though they are closed below the patio, a trail on their west side leads to the Colorado River, affording the opportunity to experience one of Grand Canyons most spectacular waterfalls.
Land Manager: National Park Service - Grand Canyon National Park