Kanab Creek

This is located on the border of the First Nations Kaibab – Paiute Reservation in Northern Arizona just below the border with Utah on the flatlands between the north sides of the Grand Canyon and the Escalante Grand Staircase National Monument. Running vertically up the center of the image is the Kanab Creek which runs all the way from its headwaters on the Paunsaugunt Plateau to the west of Bryce Canyon, down through the Skutumpah Terrace and the White Cliffs, and further south through the Vermilion Cliffs and alongside the town of Kanab Utah, then through the Shinarump Cliffs and the tiny city of Fredonia, Arizona.

Zedekiah: ” Sometimes flying across the vast high desert flatlands I find the occasional lush green riverbeds covered in bull rush and other plants that grow alongside the rivers, streams and creeks. I really love how the colors around the still wet riverbeds are bright green with life compared to the drying lands surrounding them. In ancient times, the First Nations tribes depended on these small rivers as both pathways and sources for water and edible plants, plus building materials with the bull rushes and other brush that grew along the fertile riverbanks.”

Continuing south, Kanab Creek crosses the Kaibab – Paiute Reservation onto the Kanab Plateau and begins to grow wider and cut a deeper canyon as it joins with multiple small rivers, creeks and washes to finally reach Burnt Canyon Point.

From here the river runs deeper into a much wider canyon and finally it crosses below Gunsight Point on the east side and Bullrush Point on the west side. Here it joins the numerous deepening canyons that eventually become the Grand Canyon. At long last it flows into the venerable Colorado river after a journey of almost 100 miles.

In this image, where the other small rivers come together in the top center of the image is Nagles Crossing, used to drive cattle and other critters across the Kanab Creek. I took this image in the middle of the afternoon while flying south from Bryce Canyon airport to Boulder City, Nevada.


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