stillhowlyn's travels 2007 travel blog

Paria Beach on the Colorada in Marble Canyon

Upriver toward Glen Canyon

Balanced rocks & Vermillion cliffs

Pullover to admire the view!

Leaving Page, AZ. traveling to Jacob Lake, our basecamp for the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, we made a brief stop at Marble Canyon and Lees Ferry.

Lees Ferry lies in the break between Glen, Marble, and Paria Canyons, downriver from Glen Canyon Dam. This natural corridor was the only place a wagon road could be built to connect Utah with northeastern Arizona. Lees Ferry was named for and settled by Mormon John D. Lee, who established the first Colorado River crossing at the site.

Today Lees Ferry has a ranger station, a beautiful campground where we stayed 10 years ago, launch ramp, dock and access to 15 miles of the Colorado River, upriver only! Guided river trips thru the Grand Canyon begin here.

Navajo Bridge Interpretive Center at Marble Canyon on Hwy. 89A offers information, bookstore, exhibits and a pedestrian walkway over the Colorado River, about 500 ft. below!

We continued on route 89A UP the mountain to Jacob Lake, stopping frequently to admire the Vermillion cliffs (appropriately named) along the way. At an elevation of 7900 ft. with pine trees for shade and cool mountain air, Jacob Lake was a pleasant change from the heat of Page!

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