John and Janet 2013 Southwest travel blog

Cloudy Day - Alt 89

Vermillian Cliffs

Road Closed

It's Really Closed!

Vermillian Cliffs

Marble Canyon Bridge

Colorado River - Upstream

Still Chilly

Colorado River - Downstream

Bridge and Vermillion Cliffs

Trail To Lees Ferry

Rock Slides

Balanced Rocks

Balanced Rocks

Balanced Rocks

Balanced Rocks

Big

Another

Retreating Cliffs

Rafters

Office

Office

Fort

Fort

Lees Ferry

Lees Ferry

Lees Ferry

My Hike

My Hike

My Trail

It Sunk

My Trail

Upper?

Upper I Guess

Toll Booth???

Lizard

Grand Canyon Ahead

Hike Back

More Vermillion Cliffs


We are still here in Page. We are hanging out because there is a hot-air balloon regatta this weekend. In addition, there are things to do here.

It is a little chilly and cloudy. My original plan was to take a forty-minute motorcycle ride to Lees Ferry. However, Route 89 is closed. We decide to go for the one-hour and forty-minute ride to Lees Ferry. We take the RV.

The alternate road is beautiful. My guess is that it was quickly paved when they realized that 89 would not be reopening soon. We drive parallel to 89 but end up much further south than we need to be. We head back north. We see the road closure and turn onto Alt 89. This takes us to the Colorado River.

As I look in the distance, I see beautiful cliffs. We later confirm that these are the Vermillion Cliffs. They are a National Monument and border the Grand Canyon National Park.

We arrive at the Marble Canyon Bridge over the Colorado River. There are two bridges. The southern one is for traffic. The northern one is for pedestrians. Upstream is part of the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. Downstream is part of the Grand Canyon National Park.

We turn north and enter the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. We head to Lees Ferry. We stop at an area with balanced rocks. No wonder there are rock slides in this area.

Lees Ferry is where the Grand Canyon rafting trips enter the river and go downstream. It is also, where the fishing boats enter the river and go upstream to Hoover Dam. We had hoped to find an RV park with hookups here and set up a fishing trip. There is none. This area is remote.

There are historical buildings at Lees Ferry. John D Lee established the first Colorado River crossing here in 1872. This was the only place a wagon road could be built to connect Utah and Northern Arizona.

I hike about a mile. I think I am hiking to the original Lees Ferry crossing site. I now think I hiked to a later site. In either case, it is good exercise.

We take the one-hour and forty-minute ride back to Page. The weather is good. We are glad we made the trip. Like everyone else, we wish route 89 was open.

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