A cathedral under siege

Posted: August 31, 2014 at 2:06 a.m.

The serene majesty of the Grand Canyon is being challenged by an array of ambitious development projects.

When I worked as a whitewater guide at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, I was often struck by how many passengers concluded their odyssey through the most iconic landscape in the United States by invoking the very same epiphany. At the end of each two-week, 277-mile journey down the Colorado River, someone would often come up to me and declare that the canyon was "America's cathedral--a church without a roof."

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