Down the Colorado: A Source-to-Sea Journey

Down the Colorado: A Source-to-Sea Journey

Will Stauffer-Norris and Zachary Podmore

Will and Zak and friends hike into Wyoming's Wind River Range to find the source of the Green River.

Will Stauffer-Norris and Zachary Podmore

A fall snowstorm hits the Wind River Range.

Will Stauffer-Norris and Zachary Podmore

Zak Podmore hikes to the source.

Will Stauffer-Norris and Zachary Podmore

Camp along the Green, still high in the mountains.

Will Stauffer-Norris and Zachary Podmore

Fontenelle Reservoir, above Fontenelle Dam in Wyoming.

Will Stauffer-Norris and Zachary Podmore

Flaming Gorge Dam, near where the Green River flows into Utah. Its construction in the late 1950s and early 1960s submerged four distinct gorges.

Will Stauffer-Norris and Zachary Podmore

Zak packrafts the Green River.

Will Stauffer-Norris and Zachary Podmore

Cataract Canyon, which flows into Lake Powell.

Will Stauffer-Norris and Zachary Podmore

Fog from the river causes becomes frost on a freezing cold night.

Will Stauffer-Norris and Zachary Podmore

A houseboat flotilla on Lake Powell.

Will Stauffer-Norris and Zachary Podmore

Glen Canyon Dam holds back the water of Lake Powell.

Will Stauffer-Norris and Zachary Podmore

Looking out over the Grand Canyon.

Will Stauffer-Norris and Zachary Podmore

Playing in rapids.

Will Stauffer-Norris and Zachary Podmore
Will Stauffer-Norris and Zachary Podmore

Bacon for breakfast while the day is planned.

Will Stauffer-Norris and Zachary Podmore

The sun plays off the canyon walls.

Will Stauffer-Norris and Zachary Podmore

Below Hoover Dam, which holds back Lake Mead below the Grand Canyon.

Will Stauffer-Norris and Zachary Podmore

Zak paddles past a riverside casino in Laughlin, Nevada.

Will Stauffer-Norris and Zachary Podmore

Camp above Imperial Reservoir, on the California-Arizona border.

Will Stauffer-Norris and Zachary Podmore

The Colorado is diverted near Imperial Dam to provide irrigation to western Arizona.

Will Stauffer-Norris and Zachary Podmore

Rapids

Will Stauffer-Norris and Zachary Podmore

The remainder of the Colorado below Laguna Dam.

Will Stauffer-Norris and Zachary Podmore

The U.S. Border Patrol at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Will Stauffer-Norris and Zachary Podmore

Burning trash along the river.

Will Stauffer-Norris and Zachary Podmore

The Morelos Dam along the U.S.-Mexico border carries water to Mexicali. It's the final dam on the Colorado, and marks the end of the river for all intents and purposes.

Will Stauffer-Norris and Zachary Podmore

The dry riverbed.

Will Stauffer-Norris and Zachary Podmore

Zak encounters occasional water along the old riverbed.

Will Stauffer-Norris and Zachary Podmore

Hot, thirsty and tired from walking.

Will Stauffer-Norris and Zachary Podmore

A levee.

Will Stauffer-Norris and Zachary Podmore

Zak takes a "shortcut" to the Sea of Cortez.

Will Stauffer-Norris and Zachary Podmore

Waiting for the tide to come in.

Will Stauffer-Norris and Zachary Podmore

Still looking for water.

Will Stauffer-Norris and Zachary Podmore

At the edge of the Gulf of California.

Will Stauffer-Norris and Zachary Podmore

The Gulf of California, where the Colorado should empty out.

Down the Colorado: A Source-to-Sea Journey