You’ll want to carve out the time to experience the area’s leading attractions.
Taking a camera is a must, as you will want to capture these sights forever. From the most beautiful highway in the state to the most glorious national parks, you will feel like you’ve hit nature’s jackpot.
Vermillion Cliffs Scenic Highway
The highway is a project that has involved numerous private and public organizations who have worked together to bring 21 scenic overlooks along the highway running through Arizona and Utah. The highway showcases historic and prehistoric sights along the way.
The Navajo Bridges Interpretive Center gives a unique opportunity to access the 1928 Navajo Bridge which is now a pedestrian overlook above the Colorado River. This is just a short walk away from Marble Canyon. Marble Canyon and the bridge histories' both began in 1928. The Historic walk passes the Old Marble Canyon Lodge and buildings. Just past the Honeymoon Cottage Built by Reverend Shine Smith, is another great outlook of the canyon, Honeymoon point. From these spots a weary traveler can take in the colors of the Echo and Vermillion cliffs. With a little luck a California Condor may fly by.
Grand Canyon National Park
Unique combinations of geologic color and erosional forms decorate a canyon that is 277 river miles (446km) long, up to 18 miles (29km) wide, and a mile (1.6km) deep. The Grand Canyon overwhelms our senses through its immense size and beauty. Marble Canyon the first 30 miles of the Grand Canyon. From Marble Canyon Lodge it is a six mile drive to the boat ramp at Lee's Ferry. Two parks begin at mile zero. To the North is Glen Canyon and to the South is Grand Canyon. Marble Canyon is 125 miles from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon and 88 miles to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.
All South Rim roads are open. The North Rim opens May 15th and closes October 15.
Hiking At Lee's Ferry
Lee's Ferry Offers many opportunities to hike and explore the areas of both historic and geologic interest. Most of the trails are for day use only.
This is rugged country. Temperatures can be extreme, from below zero to well over 100F in the summer. Be aware of flash floods in the raining part of the summer. Always carry plenty of water- one gallon per person per day is recommended. Ask at the Ranger Station for further information and current trail conditions.
Contact the National Park service at Lee's Ferry of call 928-355-2234 or 928-645-8200.
River Trail 1 mile Easy; Trail follows the old wagon road past Lee's Ferry Fort and Post Office, Spencer mining ruins and wreck of the steamboat. The trail ends at the main ferry site which is marked by ruins of rock houses.
Spencer Trail 1.5 miles Strenuous; Trail climbs a vertical cliff with 1500 foot elevation gain. Excellent views of the river and Lee's Ferry.
Cathedral Canyon 1.25 miles Moderate; Narrow canyon with interesting rock formations. The trail ends at Cathedral rapid on the Colorado River. Watch for quick sand and mud holes. Park your car at the second turn out on Lee's Ferry road.