great thumb mesa

Walking the Esplanade under Great Thumb Mesa

If you venture down one of the many routes off Great Thumb Mesa you’ll soon find yourself surrounded by a landscape of light and diversity like no other. Sandstone hoodoos, overhangs, strange creatures, and a palette of color unmatched in other parts of Grand Canyon await those who venture under the gigantic arc of Great Thumb. Canyoneers come here to traverse for a while before digging deeper into to the limestone slots. Backpackers come here to walk for endless days of jaw dropping beauty.

Thanks to Andrew Holycross, Rich Rudow, and Dan Ransom for photo contributions.

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