The Colorado River's swift currents and sheer-walled canyons deterred early travelers until John D. Lee started a ferry service in 1872. His ranch, aptly named the Lonely Dell, is one of the historic sites that you can visit on a short walking tour. You can also explore the Paria River above the ranch on a day hike. At the end of the main road, the River Trail continues upriver past the 1874 Lees Ferry Fort, old mining and U.S. Geological Survey buildings, the submerged wreck of a small steamboat, and the ferry sites in a walk of 2 miles roundtrip. Spencer Trail climbs switchbacks all the way to the rim of Marble Canyon, a stiff 1,700-foot ascent in a 3-mile roundtrip; it begins just beyond Spencer’s boiler on the River Trail. Cathedral Wash Route follows the wash down to Cathedral Rapid in 2.5 miles roundtrip; it begins at a pullout on the road into Lees Ferry, 1.3 miles from US 89A and overlooking the wash; avoid it if storms threaten. Summers get very hot at Lees Ferry, so early starts and carrying lots of water will add to your enjoyment. Lee's Ferry Campground has a central location with shaded tables, water, and views.

 
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Address:
48 miles southwest of Page
Glen Canyon NRA, PO Box 1507
Arizona
Parking: always open
Price: 15.00 per vehicle for 1-7 days or America the Beautiful pass


Visitor Information


Telephone Number: 928-608-6200
Fax: 928-608-6259
Transportation: car
Neighborhood: Glen Canyon
Price Information: 15.00 per vehicle for 1-7 days or America the Beautiful pass
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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