Photos: Cataract Canyon aerials, October 2022

This page features aerial photos of Cataract Canyon, along the Colorado River in Utah’s Canyonlands National Park and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.

Cataract Canyon begins at the confluence with the Green River and ends at the confluence with the Dirty Devil River.

Carved by the Colorado River over the eons, the canyon was named during the 1869 Powell Expedition, which portaged every rapid.

“The canyon is home to 14 miles of rapids ranging in difficulty up to Class V,” according to the National Park Service. “It is a particularly hazardous and isolated section of the Colorado River and is subject to extreme water level fluctuations.”

DateOctober 2022
LocationCataract Cayon, Utah (map)
CreditAlexander Heilner/The Water Desk
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