Toroweap and Vulcan’s Throne

The photo above showing a dramatic view of Toroweap Point was taken from the north rim of the Grand Canyon in Arizona. Photographer: Bret Webster; Bret’s Web site

This is one of my favorite locations in the entire southwest U.S., but it’s fairly difficult to get to. The nearly 70 mi (113 km) dirt road becomes increasingly rough as the Grand Canyon National Park entrance is approached. Once inside the park, a number of cinder cones can be seen. The largest, Vulcan’s Throne, sits right on the edge of the 3,300 ft (1,006 m) deep inner gorge. Here the lava flowed from this cone right down into the canyon. One can’t help but imagine what the tumult, steam and noise must have been like when the lava flowed into the canyon and made a natural dam on the Colorado River.

The remnants of that dam are still present as the infamous Lava Falls rapids — one of the last rapids on the Colorado within the Grand Canyon.

This shot was taken at sunset and happily the elements cooperated; a summer thundershower, with occasional lightning, was backlit by the setting Sun. Photo taken on July 5, 2011

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