Tapeats Creek - 01. Thunder River to Colorado River

Tapeats Creek, Arizona, US


01. Thunder River to Colorado River

Usual Difficulty III-IV (for normal flows)
Length 1.5 Miles
Avg. Gradient 400 fpm
Max Gradient 400 fpm

Tapeats Creek

Tapeats Creek
Photo by Daniel Bolster

River Description

Tapeats Creek is a unique boating experience. This miniature box canyon is a spring fed whitewater stream that flows into the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon.  Intrepid creek boaters who are hungering for a quick fix of creeking can run Tapeats from the top of the micro gorge to the main river below.
The carry up to the top of Tapeats Creek is arduous and a bit dangerous, but well worth the effort. The whitewater is spring fed, refreshingly cool, and moderately difficult.  Rescue by fellow boaters would be difficult but at least the canyon has rim side access for rappelling and rope extractions.  If your are dedicated and want a beautiful creek experience in the middle of your big water Grand Canyon trip, then stop at Tapeats Creek.

From Thunder River confluence down to the top of the gorge, is relativel low gradient, brushy and scrapey at spots, so it probably does not get boated much. 

From the top of the gorge to the confluence with the Colorado is a pretty short distance.   After all the hiking, try to take your time in the gorge to enjoy the scenery.

Other Information Sources:  
Oregon Kayaking: Trip Report 
NPS Thunder River Trail pdf
AW: Colorado in the Grand Canyon

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2017-12-14 20:05:55

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