United States Columbine Falls

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Joe Becker

About this spot
Columbine Falls in Grand Canyon National Park is so named for the wild columbine flowers that grow there. This pretty little waterfall is about half its former height. When Lake Mead formed behind Hoover Dam, water flooded the side canyon containing Columbine Falls. The present day lake is much lower due to a decades long drought, and adjacent to Columbine Falls, the Colorado River is near its pre-dam elevation. However, when the lake was higher, the side canyon filled with silt and lake-bottom sediments, cutting the height of the waterfall approximately in half.

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