Colorado River via Lees Ferry

EASY 3 reviews

Colorado River via Lees Ferry is a 2.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Page, Arizona 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.

DISTANCE
2.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
177 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

fly fishing

hiking

nature trips

river

hiking
1 month ago

This trail is easily accessed from the Lee's Ferry boat ramp where there is plenty of parking. The trail starts out wide and gently sloping as it hugs the north canyon wall. You immediately see some old rock buildings, a ship boiler stranded on shore, and the top of a sunken steamboat, all remnants of the days when the ferry was active. Maps and trail guides will indicate that the River trail ends at the historical Lee's Ferry, however this is not accurate. The River trail continues for another 3 miles or so and becomes increasingly difficult to follow as some rock falls have obscured the path. We mistakenly followed this to the very end, thinking we would see Lee's Ferry, only to realize we had passed the actual ferry location 3 miles back. There is no sign designating the Ferry so it is easily missed. There are some crumbling rock structures on a sandy slope above the supposed Ferry location, but they are hard to see unless you happen to take the left fork going up the slope as opposed to the right fork going to the river. Once you see these rock structures, head toward the river (there will be beach sand) and imagine how John Lee provided safe passage for travelers to the other side of the Colorado River. This is only an imaginative endeavor as there is no visual evidence or sign to mark this historic site. Because of the ambiguity of the exact location and how the trail continues well beyond the Ferry location, I do not rate this tail highly. If you are simply looking for a nice trail hugging the Colorado River, while being surrounded by high canyon walls, this trail offers it all. Hunting for historical sites is nearly futile, but other than that, this trail is pretty (although I advise not hiking further once the trail "disappears." It only gets more difficult from there and the scenery does not change if you blaze onwards).

hiking
Thursday, March 03, 2016

Pretty hike close to water

nature trips
Monday, February 06, 2012

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.