great thumb mesa

140 Mile Canyon

140 Mile Canyon rests at the northern end of the Great Thumb Mesa. From the rim it casts a deep gash in the Esplanade North into the Colorado River. Any technical canyoneer hears a siren’s call when looking at that magnificent place from the rim. The photo set includes a map that shows the route of the Deer Trail at the end of Great Thumb. Congress required that the Department of Interior and the Havasupai Tribe meet to determine how access would be afforded to recreational users as part of the 1975 Grand Canyon Enlargement Act. Congress specifically called out access to the deer trail as a requirement of the Act.

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