Rafting the Colorado River Through the Grand Canyon - The 2022 Portfolio

May 24, 2022  |  Grand Canyon National Park
The golden light on the surrounding cliffs reflects on the turquoise waters of the Little Colorado River in Grand Canyon National...

Gold on Turquoise

The golden light on the surrounding cliffs reflects on the turquoise waters of the Little Colorado River in Grand Canyon National Park.

Sunlit cliffs reflect in the turquoise waters of the Little Colorado River in Grand Canyon National Park.

Reflecting on the Little Colorado

Sunlit cliffs reflect in the turquoise waters of the Little Colorado River in Grand Canyon National Park.

In the cliff walls of Blacktail Canyon are these small erosion pockets known as tafoni. The etymology of the word tafoni is unclear...

Tafoni in Blacktail Canyon

In the cliff walls of Blacktail Canyon are these small erosion pockets known as tafoni. The etymology of the word tafoni is unclear, but it may come from the Greek word taphos, or tomb. The largest of these tafoni measured close to five inches across.

The fiery glow of reflected light in the narrows of Fern Glen in Grand Canyon National Park.

Fire in Fern Glen

The fiery glow of reflected light in the narrows of Fern Glen in Grand Canyon National Park.

The waterfalls of Elves Chasm. Royal Arch Creek in the Grand Canyon.

Musical Waters

The waterfalls of Elves Chasm. Royal Arch Creek in the Grand Canyon.

Blacktail Canyon, a side canyon to the Colorado River in Grand Canyon National Park.

Reflected Light in Blacktail

Blacktail Canyon, a side canyon to the Colorado River in Grand Canyon National Park.

Fern Glen Canyon, a side canyon to the Colorado River in Grand Canyon National Park.

The Terrace at Fern Glen

Fern Glen Canyon, a side canyon to the Colorado River in Grand Canyon National Park.

Monument Creek flows into the Colorado River at Granite Rapid. From river mile 94 in Grand Canyon National Park.

Monument to Granite

Monument Creek flows into the Colorado River at Granite Rapid. From river mile 94 in Grand Canyon National Park.

Deer Creek waterfall in the Grand Canyon.

Deer Creek Falls

Deer Creek waterfall in the Grand Canyon.

A small stream flows through a narrow passage in Matkatamiba Canyon. Near river mile 148 on the Colorado River in Grand Canyon...

Sinuous Matkat

A small stream flows through a narrow passage in Matkatamiba Canyon. Near river mile 148 on the Colorado River in Grand Canyon National Park

The Colorado River rushes through Marble Canyon at North Canyon Rapid. From river mile 20 in Grand Canyon National Park.

North Canyon Rapid

The Colorado River rushes through Marble Canyon at North Canyon Rapid. From river mile 20 in Grand Canyon National Park.

Rapids churn on the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon.

Chaos on the Colorado

Rapids churn on the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon.

Golden light reflects off the Colorado River as it meanders beneath the cliffs of Marble Canyon. From the trail to the Nankoweap...

Ancient Vista

Golden light reflects off the Colorado River as it meanders beneath the cliffs of Marble Canyon. From the trail to the Nankoweap Granaries in Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona.

North Canyon Rapid on the Colorado River in Marble Canyon. From river mile 20 in Grand Canyon National Park.

Aqueous Apparition

North Canyon Rapid on the Colorado River in Marble Canyon. From river mile 20 in Grand Canyon National Park.

Beneath the towering cliffs of Marble Canyon near Nankoweap are the beautiful forms of these dead trees. They are far enough...

Whiserping Wind at Nankoweap

Beneath the towering cliffs of Marble Canyon near Nankoweap are the beautiful forms of these dead trees. They are far enough from the shoreline that you can no longer hear the river. The onyl sound is the wghisper of the wind through their branches.

Acknowledgments

Making photographs on the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon wouldn't be possible without the hard work of a great crew of boatmen and river guides. I want to thank the crew from Tour West, including John, Kyle, Turner, and Jacob. In addition to guiding our two boats safely down 226 miles of river, they also cooked many great meals, told some fantastic stories, and helped us reach some great locations. Above all else, our boatmen shared their love for the Grand Canyon and the Colorado River.

Photo Gear

The photographs on this page were all made with my Fujifilm GFX 100S, a 102-megapixel medium format mirrorless camera, and Fujifilm lenses. I love using this camera and I continue to be blown away by the detail, colors, and dynamic range of the GFX 100S camera and their lenses are top-notch.

You can learn more about the equipment I used by clicking on the links below.