Nankoweap Ruins Route
High above the Colorado River near Nankoweap Canyon, at river mile 53, the Ancestral Puebloans constructed masonry granaries to protect their food stores.
The steep route up to the Nankoweap ruins, which are about 1,000 years old, offers striking views of Marble Canyon, the river a gently undulating silver ribbon below. It is one of the finest river views in the inner canyon. This area is also accessible from the North Rim and Saddle Mountain Wilderness via the Nankoweap Trail, a 15-mile route that many consider to be the canyon’s most difficult.
In past winters, bald eagles have been known to gather to fish for spawning rainbow trout at the mouth of Nankoweap Canyon.
© Kathleen Bryant from Moon Grand Canyon, 5th Edition