Fom the same viewpoint, far below and away to the right we could see the river glistening in the sunlight.
The view across the Canyon from the Bright Angle Trailhead.
Bright Angel Trailhead
We did not have very much time that afternoon but we determined to venture part way down the Bright Angel Trail as far as time would allow. Although we made fair progress, even the initial descent was very steep and we could see the trail snaking away far below on its way to Indian Garden.
Once below the rim the immensity of the landforms is absolutely staggering.
The pull to venture futher was tempting but we were aware that out quick descent would necessitate a rather longer ascent so we had to return to the rim, purchase an ice cream and sit awhile admiring the view.
Many of the landforms have their own names. In spite of having a map it was difficult to identify specific towers, buttes and mesas. Here is Isis Temple at over 7,000 ft towering over Phantom Creek just as the sun was setting.
Long dark shadows begin to fill the canyon and the rocks glow shades of red, orange and yellow as the sun sinks slowly in the west.
It would not be long before our fantastic trip to the American West would also have its final shadow fall upon it.