Colorado River via Lees Ferry

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Colorado River via Lees Ferry is a 4.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Page, AZ that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and fly fishing and is accessible year-round.

4.9 miles 409 feet Out & Back

kid friendly

fly fishing

hiking

nature trips

river

hiking
9 months ago

Pretty hike close to water

nature trips
4 years ago

Added this as a nature trip, AllTrails should add rafting as a category. We all had to be at Wilderness Outfitters at 7:30AM. Ride the bus down the Glen Canyon tunnel, cut through solid rock, with debris tunnels cut into the side - they used them to push debris into the river while cutting the tunnel (2 miles long). The last part of the tunnel is reinforced with little culverts for dripping water seeping from Lake Powell. At the bottom get a great view of the hydro station and put on your green hard hats until you get down to your power-rafts. We had raft #15; John Travolta in Broken Arrow, the movie, used raft #5, or the Hollywood raft. Raft trip for 4 was $196 + $8 in June, 2000. The trip included transportation, water and soft drinks. The raft trip is best in the morning -cool, but not cold (water is a balmy 48F though all year round). We could see lots of rainbow trout in the clear rushing water, flowing about 6-8 mph (my guess) - no rapids, but a smooth steady ride enhanced by the powerboat when needed. We went about 8 miles down river and stopped to look at some Anasazi petroglyphs, portraying deer, arrows to water or paths to get to the sandbar via the walls. Much wildlife here; a scorpion was on top of one of the porta-pottys, many lizards, a gopher snake, and a golden eagle were some of the "locals" we saw. We saw a fault line spanning both sides of the canyon (the water was clear green for the most part); we saw some long straight stretches and twists, the neatest was Horseshoe Bend. We saw Echo Peaks where John Wesley Powell's artist had to hike way up a sand dune to get to the peaks, and then shot his gun (twice). We had a great "float" down the canyon - 15 miles total to Lee's Ferry, where everyone puts in for the rapids runs (3-14 day excursions). They used the cable ferry to pull themselves across the river - kind of like the zip line. I saw a gopher snake under the dock. The bus ride back took us through Marble Canyon, past some "balanced rocks" at the Vermillion Cliffs, and some familiar territory - Navajo Bridge, the great cut through the mountain, Navajo villages, and the desert. Although the outfit we dealt with was "Wilderness Outfitters," I added a link that best matched the trip from Page, AZ because they may have changed their name from 11 years ago.