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WHISPERING SPRING

Three days of backpacking in the far northwest section of Grand Canyon National Park brings you to a narrow, unamed canyon that intersects Kanab Creek. When I visited in October, the towering walls admitted no sunlight, even at noon. Scrambling up a chaos of boulders, you pass several small springs, each with a garden of ferns and moss in an otherwise arid environment. The journey ends abruptly at Whispering Spring, one of the hidden wonders of the Grand Canyon. A stream of water slides silently down the rock face of a towering cliff into a pool of blue rocks.

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