The Colorado River, where it runs through the Grand Canyon, runs from an generally northeastern direction towards the west. This view of the Gorge is looking east, upriver. There are very few places where you can actually see the river except in short glimpses from the Rim. This where you can see more of the Colorado River than in many other locations. There is a large amount of serious geological interest in the issues about how the Colorado could have cut the Canyon in the first place, since the stream would have had to run uphill to do so. Every few years, the theory changes.