United States Crystal Rapids

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Joe Becker

About this spot
Crystal Rapid demonstrates that the Grand Canyon is continually changing. Prior to 1966, there was only a minor riffle at Crystal Creek. But a flash flood that year created a huge rapid, rated as a 10 on a scale up to 10. With that flood, Crystal instantly became the most feared rapid in the canyon. With time, the rocks on the riverbed have shifted around, and it's not quite fearsome as before, but still demands respect with ratings of 9 to 10 depending on the river flow rate.

Crystal is particularly good for photographing whitewater rafting action as it is easy to access the shoreline for close-in riverside views. From the suggested viewpoint, it is easy to photograph rafts as they try to navigate around from the huge "hole" in the rapid.

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