Canyonlands: Tales from Narrow Places

A near perfect day in Badger Canyon

Posted in Northern Arizona & the Mogollon Rim by canyoneering on May 5, 2009

Badger Canyon, 3AIII
7.6  miles
Grand Canyon National Park, tributary of Marble Canyon


I love this canyon and I loved the day we descended this canyon even more. The day started with hot coffee, pancakes, eggs and bacon at the Lees Ferry Lodge where we stayed the night before. After checking out of our room we walked less than 20 minutes from our hotel along Highway 89A to the entrance of Badger Canyon. Before not too long soaring red sandstone walls rose above us. Several somewhat easy rappels added the right amount of excitement to a very carefree day. Muddy feet, down climbs and a picnic lunch at the Colorado River took us through mid-day. A strenuous but pleasant hike along the Colorado River and out of the far eastern end of the Grand Canyon took us through mid-afternoon. With GPS in hand we walked along the near featureless, but austere beauty of the rim right to the front door of the Lees Ferry Lodge where we were warmly greeted by the two hotel dogs.

– David


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