|Bruce Aiken’s “Splitrock” painting. Splitrock is located between Cottonwood Camp and the Powerhouse on the North Kaibab Trail in Grand Canyon.|
I was a National Park backcountry ranger between 1975 and 1978. In the Bicentennial summer of 1976, I was the ranger at Cottonwood Camp, located halfway between the North Rim and the Colorado River. One and a half miles north of the ranger station was the Powerhouse, a Park Service residence where the North Rim pump station operators lived. In 1976, the Aiken family lived here, Bruce and Mary and their two girls Mercy (age 4) and Shirley (age 2). We became good friend as the only “residents” living along the 14 mile long North Kaibab Trail.