Photo by George Bain.

Most people think of rapids when they think of danger in the Grand Canyon. If fact, the great majority of accidents happen off the river, and those that happen on the river are due to poor equipment or poor judgement, not specifically to the difficulty of the rapids. 99.99% of the time, the response people have after running a rapid is "Wow, that was great, can we carry the boat back to the top and run it again?" It is extremely rare that someone wants to walk around a rapid or to leave a trip because the rapids are too dangerous. However, there are many other dangers, and it's about time someone told the world about them.

The following 46 pictures illustrate a view of the Grand Canyon that few people who have visited it ever see because they are so overwhelmed by the vistas and rapids. Each is about 50 kb and has minimal text, so they load quickly. Viewing all of them takes 10 to 15 minutes. They are not in any order. Most are self explanatory, but I've added a short caption just in case.

The pictures were taken by Pete Winn (except as noted) during 60 trips through the Canyon as a commercial guide, river ranger, research guide and private boater from 1969 to 2004. Personal use is OK but please give me credit or cite this site ( Please, no commercial use without prior written permission (

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