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Navajo Bridge Interpretive Center Closed Temporarily on June 29th

July 09
14:33 2014

navajo bridge interpretive center fire-sm_resizedNavajo Bridge Interpretive Center near Marble Canyon closed on June 29, 2014. After a fire broke out in the restrooms a year ago the facilities suffered extensive damage. The visitor center will remain closed during the restroom reconstruction and will reopen in the spring of 2015.

A Brief History of the Center

As you travel cross country between The Gap and Jacob’s Lake on 89A you will cross one of only seven land crossings of the Colorado River for 750 miles (1207 km). This lone crossing takes you over Navajo Bridge. However, as you approach you will see two bridges, one historic and one new.

As vehicles became larger and heavier,  it became necessary to build a wider bridge able to hold today’s traffic. Once the new bridge was completed the old rest area on the west side of the bridge was remodeled and expanded to include an interpretive center. On the Navajo Nation (east) side of the bridge, there is an area for Native American craft vendors. The Navajo Bridge Interpretive Center opened for business in April of 1997 and was dedicated on June 17, 1997.

The Interpretive Center Location offers a Bookstore, outdoor exhibits, and self guided walks across the historic Navajo Bridge. This is a popular spot to look for a California Condor.

Once reopened in spring of 2015 it will again serve as both an educational and essential rest area.

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