A section of the Lower Colorado River has been named a National Water Trail.
Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell announced the designation for the Black Canyon Water Trail Tuesday, making the waterway one of 16 nationally recognized water trails nationwide. It is the first water trail in the Southwest and the first through a desert.
Visitors can access the trail through a guided tour starting three different locations: at the base of Hoover Dam, Willow Beach, Arizona or the old mining town in Eldorado Canyon.
The water trail is 30 miles of stunning views of desert cliffs, colorful caves and sandy beaches. The trail also flows past items leftover from the construction of Hoover Dam, including gauging stations, catwalks and building foundations.
The Lower Colorado River Water Trail Alliance was formed in 2012 to pursue the water trail designation.