Granite Gorge, Grand Canyon Colorado River

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Granite Gorge

Granite Gorge provides spectacular views of the rocky cliffs standing over the Colorado River, rising to 1,500 feet above the water, extending from the South Rim to the western canyon.

  • Granite Gorge begins below the South Rim as it winds its way through the bottom of the Grand Canyon
  • Middle Granite Gorge, in the central canyon, provides incredible views as you float by
  • Lower Granite Gorge is near the Diamond Creek Area along the Colorado River

What is Granite Gorge?

Granite Gorge is composed of three canyons:

  • Granite Gorge
  • Middle Granite Gorge 
  • Lower Granite Gorge

These canyons are carved by the Colorado River at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. Five of the ten most difficult rapids to navigate on the river flow through the Granite Gorge, with few places to land a raft or boat. At the end of the gorge, the river flattens and flows into Lake Mead.

Where is Granite Gorge?

Granite Gorge begins below Moran Point on the South Rim, while the Middle Granite Gorge is carved through the central canyon and finally, the Lower Granite Gorge is in the western canyon near the Diamond Creek area. The gorge is only accessible by floating the Colorado River at the bottom of Grand Canyon.

Who can I call if I have more questions?

You can call Grand Canyon National Park with any further questions you may have at (928) 638-7888.