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Lee’s Ferry

Lee’s Ferry is the beginning of the Grand Canyon and serves as the primary launch point for Grand Canyon river trips. Located at the intersection of the Echo and Vermillion Cliffs, Lee’s Ferry is praised as one of the most beautiful locations on the Colorado River.

Visitors Center at Lee's Ferry

Interpretive Visitors Center at Navajo Bridge

Driving Directions

Under normal conditions, Lee’s Ferry is a short trip just 45 miles southwest of Page Arizona and 62 miles southeast of the North Rim of Grand Canyon National ParkClick here for ADOT Detour Map

In February of 2013, a collapse on Highway 89 between Page and Bitter Springs, caused the road to be closed. Check with the Arizona Department of Transportation for updates on the close of this section of Highway 89 from Page to Bitter Springs.

During the highway repair, you must drive South on Highway 89T (former N20) South until you arrive at the Gap and then head North onto Highway 89.  One mile past the Navajo Bridge is a turnoff to Lee’s Ferry which is roughly seven miles. It is worth the trip!

A Safe Alternative to White Water Rafting

The stretch of the Colorado River between Glen Canyon Dam and Lee’s Ferry is part of the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and is maintained by the National Park Service. Colorado River Discovery Tours offers half-day smooth water float trips from March 1 through November 30 of each year. If you are not ready for whitewater rapids, this calm stretch of the river is for you. Colorado River Discovery is located in Page, Arizona, and your transportation to the river is provided by this outfitter from their Page office.

Bring plenty of water for your half-day river trip, as well as snacks, hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen. Half way through the trip you pull up to shore where there are clean porta potties. This is also a good area to stretch your legs and hike the short distance to see the petroglyphs.

Lee's Ferry launch for Grand Canyon rafting

Lee’s Ferry launch for Grand Canyon rafting

Rafting With Your Own Raft

If you have your own raft, you can make reservations with Colorado River Discovery to take you upstream (with your raft) from Lee’s Ferry. Due to Homeland Security, this is the only way to float downriver in your own raft, as no one is allowed to park a vehicle near the dam.

Dogs Not Allowed

While dogs on a leash are allowed in the camping area at Lee’s Ferry, they are not allowed on the Colorado Discovery river boat that transports you and your raft upstream towards the Glen Canyon Dam for your float downstream. This makes it almost impossible if you are camping with a dog and want to do the half/day float back down to Lee’s Ferry.

Check our Business Directory for dog boarding facilities in Page, Arizona.

Fishing

Many visitors have called the Colorado waters near Lee’s Ferry the best trout fishing site in all of the southwest. Guided fishing trips are available at Lee’s Ferry and fishermen rave about their catches.

Travelers will find a ranger’s station at Lee’s Ferry along with a campground, launch ramp, a courtesy dock, and even a fish-cleaning facility for added convenience. The town of Marble Canyon, about three miles away, features a restaurant and filling station.

View the National Park Service Map of Lee’s Ferry

History

Lee’s Ferry was established by Mormon Pioneers as a place to cross the river and has historical significance in the war between Mormon settlers and the Navajo natives.  Jacob Hamblin first crossed the river at Lee’s Ferry and in 1870, guided an expedition from southern Utah to the upper Paria River. This notable expedition included Major John Wesley Powell, Mormon church President Brigham Young, and Mormon leader John D. Lee. As a result of this meeting of powerful leaders, John D. Lee was sent to establish a ferry crossing to protect from raids.  A bizarre incident occurred nearby on September 11, 1857, in which 120 Eastern immigrants were massacred by Lee and William Bateman, who were part of the Mormon militia under the command of Major John M. Higbee. Lee was held responsible for the incident, excommunicated by the Mormon Church and later executed. Read more here

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