The 7 Sights to See Along the Colorado River

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http://www.papillon.com/grand-canyon-national-park-helicopter-tours | Discover seven sights along the iconic Colorado River, including the ancient granaries at Nankoweap, the modern marvel of the Hoover Dam, and the intricate ecosystems of Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Whether you decide on a helicopter tour of Las Vegas or a rafting tour through the Grand Canyon, the Colorado River offers every type of adventure.

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The Colorado River The Sights To See Along 7

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Not only a vital source of water for the Southwest, the Colorado River serves the United States as a place of natural and manmade wonders, including the awe-inspiring Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam. Visited by millions of tourists every year, the Colorado River offers any number of adventures, from helicopter tours over Tower Butte to whitewater rafting at Lee’s Ferry. Take a moment to explore seven of the best sights to see along, on, and above the Colorado River.

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at Nankoweap The Granaries As one of the largest side canyons along the Colorado River, Nankoweap is home to a true marvel of a sight in the form of the granaries constructed by the ancient Anasazi people to preserve their food from rot and infestation.

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of Lake Powell The Rock Formations Best seen from the sky , the differential erosion of rocks, minerals, and soil by the Colorado River over millions of years formed the iconic landscape we see along Lake Powell today. Popular sights include Glen Canyon and Tower Butte.

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Glenwood Canyon The Majestic Featuring gorgeous evergreens and crisp, clean water, Glenwood Canyon is a popular spot along the Colorado River, and arguably one of the most scenic landscapes along the Interstate Highway System. On Interstate 70, you can access the canyon by foot from four different rest areas, making it a perfect route for road trips.

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of Laughlin The Tranquil Waters The family-friendly town of Laughlin is located directly along the Colorado River, making it a prime location for water-activity enthusiasts. Laughlin is also known for its casinos, and the River Walk, which curves along the Colorado River and serves as the ultimate pedestrian thoroughfare, linking a string of popular casinos and restaurants.

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at Lee’s Ferry Fishing and Boating Truly experience the Colorado River and take in its glorious sights with a day of fishing or rafting at Lee’s Ferry . As the Grand Canyon National Park’s northernmost point, it serves as the perfect starting place for exploring the river.

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of Lake Mead The Desert Ecosystems Unlike anywhere else in the world – visit Lake Mead National Recreation Area to explore the Mohave Desert, the Sonoran Desert, and the Great Basin Desert, which make up 3 of the 4 desert ecosystems found in the United States. It should also be noted, Lake Mead is the America’s largest man-made reservoir.

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Hoover Dam The Historic On the border of Nevada and Arizona, in the Black Canyon of the Colorado, the impressive magnitude of the dam’s infrastructure draws in millions of visitors each year. With a base that’s 660 feet thick and runs 1243 feet in length along the canyon walls, one cannot truly appreciate its size without seeing it in person .

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Memorial Bridge Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Bonus Sight: Also known as the Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge, this marvel of a structure, which carries Route 93 over the Colorado River, features the widest concrete arch in the Western Hemisphere and is also the highest concrete arch bridge in the world.

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Flying over 600,000 passengers a year over the historic Grand Canyon, Papillon is not only one of the largest sightseeing companies, but also one of the safest. As a member of The Tour Operators Program of Safety (TOPS), Papillon makes exceptional safety practices a standout feature of their business and reputation. Learn more about all of Papillon’s sightseeing adventures, in the air and on the water, by visiting www.papillon.com .

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