As water flows over and through the sandstone canyon walls, it picks up minerals and particles, and deposits them on the canyon floor. In winter, the minerals and particles freeze in the ice, creating interesting earthtone colored ice that matches the canyon walls.
The colored ice was almost disorienting in some places, as the perfectly smooth colored ice made people and items appear to float above the surface, as well as reflect the canyon walls. Certainly an interesting thing to experience first hand.
Posted by Tom Gill at Saturday, February 08, 2014