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The bottom, unlikely vacationers, and scenic locators
It is surprising who you might see here, and surprising some of the plans which were once hatched for this place. A road was going to built along the bottom of the canyon, and several proposals were considered for the building of a bridge. A survey was taken, but neither was ever built. There is at least one small foot bridge that I know of, crossing the river at the bottom of the canyon, but this hardly qualifies as a major project.
As can be seen, much of the area at the bottom of the canyon is impassable, except for a number of trails cut through passes, and built into cliff areas. Even in areas which are relatively flat and easily navigated, going off the trail risks getting one hopelessly lost.
A typical view over the canyon, from one of the rim walks.

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Some boys (of course) have climbed out onto one of the solitary spires near the edge of the canyon. I wonder if they managed to get back. Perhaps they are still there. 

A partially shaded rest area welcomes visitors along one of the rim trails. 
The canyon wall, as seen from the rim near Canyon Village.
Looking out on the low lands, over a bench mark. The "coin" set in stone is marked with the exact position for survey purposes. 
In case you ever wondered where Santa Claus goes on his vacation, now you know. It makes sense actually, the North Pole can get mighty cold; this must be a refreshing change of climate. Note the red and white socks.
A cliff in the foreground is part of the canyon rim. many equally impressive structures can be seen off in the distance. Over the years erosion has separated these structures, and increased their distance from the rim. 
A scenic locator. Several of these instruments were donated to the park, and installed in the twenties. The mount is original, but the brass tubes are constantly being replaced due to theft. The brass finder is a simple tube, with no magnifying optics. The tube can be aimed at several of the park's more famous structures, so that they might be identified.
The same unit with tube removed (only temporarily, I assure you) so that it's operation can be seen. The brass mount has guides in which the tube is rested, according to the structure you wish to identify. Various structures are labeled beneath the guide cut outs.
Tourists perch comfortably in a low walled terrace. In front of them natural rock terraces reach out into the canyon, while in the background one of the ever present cliffs looms. 
` The nearly unspoiled preserve of the lower canyon areas is marked only by the occasional trail. This was not always a given. In the early part of the twentieth century, a survey was taken of the canyon floor, in preparation for the building of a road along the Colorado. This is the type of thing that horrifies the modern environmentally conscious citizen of fragile planet Earth, but nature was still considered an enemy to be conquered.
Part of the survey effort was the production of a photographic record of the bottom of the canyon. Photos were taken every mile. Nearly 100 years latter, the journey was retraced, and photos taken at the same spots, to record 100 years of change. Virtually no changes were visible. What is remarkable is that even the plants were the same. There is no doubt that the same plants still live at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, having grown, at most, a few inches in 100 years. A book of comparison photos is available at the park.
View from the terrace. These stone walls are common all over the park, and were built by the CCC in the thirties.
A former wall across this section of the canyon has ben eroded away, and separated from the canyon rim. 
People gather in the shade of one of the many terraces built along the rim in the twenties and thirties. 

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