Limited Edition Aerial Photograph by Zedekiah
The amazing colors of Milkweed Canyon radiate upwards out of the deep canyons and across the Sanup Plateau in the remote backcountry of northern Arizona.
This inaccessible roughhewn canyon is in the First Nations Hualapai Tribal Reservation, just within the southern boundary of the Grand Canyon National Park.
From the top of Milkweed Canyon over the course of 8 miles, it feeds into Spencer Canyon which in turn runs down into the Colorado River in Granite Gorge at the Lava Cliffs Rapids. While not a classic slot canyon, some parts of Milkweed are long, narrow passages with a stream running through all year round.
There are numerous pools, cascades, and small waterfalls, and the walls contain numerous types of pink and grey limestone and thick veins of white quartz. On top of the canon it is densely-wooded and in the lower area, the canyon has plenty of desert cactus.
This is a particularly remote and untouched region, and though part of the Grand Canyon system most of Milkweed canyon is unavailable for hiking so this aerial view lensed while flying over the area provides a rare and unique way to experience this ancient untouched scenery.