BOBBY MAGILL

Journalist • Photographer

Bobby Magill is a senior science writer for Climate Central in New York and a journalist who has covered fracking and the environment in Colorado and New Mexico since 2001. 

Toroweap, Grand Canyon National Park: January 2008

When most people think of the Grand Canyon, they think of the South Rim area, where the Bright Angel Trail drops into the depths of North America’s greatest gorge. But to the west of there, on the North Rim, the Toroweap area, also known as Tuweep, exists 60 miles from the nearest pavement and boasts the canyon’s most sheer cliff — 3,000 feet from rim to river.

Toroweap Point is also at the western edge of the Colorado Plateau, where the piñon-juniper redrock canyon country abruptly transitions to the Mojave Desert.

My partner, Jacob, and I trekked out to Toroweap in January 2008.