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Google offers first-person view of Grand Canyon river rafting

PHOENIX — Have you ever wanted to take a raft down the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon but water or boats really aren’t your things? Google Street View is coming to your rescue.

According to National Geographic, Google took one of its famous Street View cameras down the canyon on an eight-day float to give users a first-hand experience of the ride.

The imagery features the iconic Grand Canyon — 286 miles of the river, from Lee’s Ferry to Pearce Ferry. It marks the first time Google has used the Street View technology on a river in the U.S.

Google said the goal of the project is two-fold. The first is to allow people to tour the canyon from anywhere in the world and the second is to call attention to the river, which the search giant termed “America’s Most Endangered River.”

Last year, Google took its cameras through the Grand Canyon’s trail system. It was the first time the company experimented with walking with the cameras. They were previously only mounted on cars.

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