Photographer's Note

The first white men to see the Grand Canyon was in September, 1540, Spanish conquistadors under the direction of Francisco Vasquez de Coronado. Captain Garcia Lopez de Cardenas led his soldiers with Hopi guides to the Canyon in search of the fabled Seven Cities of Gold. Cardenas sent 3 of his soldiers to search the bottom of the Canyon, but they failed to do so after a strenuous attempt. Cardenas reported back to Spain about the impassable Canyon barrier, and no cities of gold.
Not until over 200 years later, did explorers return, this time two Spanish priests, Dominguez and Escalante exploring southern Utah searching for a route from Santa Fe, New Mexico to Monterey, California, who also reported the Canyon as a huge obstacle to travel.

In this view from the Canyon's South Rim near the Desert View Point, a hiking trail is visible along a lower plateau, heading towards the deeper canyon hiding the Colorado River.

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Additional Photos by Ray Anderson (photoray) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1203 W: 1 N: 3169] (13981)
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