Long Trek into the Chasm finds scenes of grandeur that few men have ever seen.
The poetically beautiful cataract on the opposite page is only a few miles from one of the most visited scenic spots in the U.S. Yet it’s dancing waters are seldom seen-except by "the people of the blue-green water."the Havasupai Indians who live nearby. The Havasu Falls are 50 miles from Grand Canyon Village on the south rim of the Grand Canyon of the Colorado River, where nearly a million tourists go each year to view the titanic chasm. Most of them look, gasp admiringly and then depart. Some take the time to ride muleback to the canyon bottom and on to Phantom Ranch. Few ever wander into the great sunken wilderness that spreads through some 1.300 square miles of northwestern Arizona. While some people, mostly Indians, spend their lives in the mauve shadows of Grand Canyon, no one has ever explored all its myriad recesses or fathomed all its mysteries. In its entirety the Grand Canyon is quite beyond knowing, Some of the wonders of the canyon, like Havasu Falls, can be reached on muleback without too much difficulty. Others can be reached only by boat through the treacherous rapids of the Colorado River or by perilous climbs that tax the skill of mountain experts, Though the rangers at Grand Canyon National Park discourage exploration by the novice, there are dedicated adventurers who find canyon prowling an eternal challenge.