Lake Powell Region
Fishing at Lee's Ferry120 miles north of Flagstaff on State Route 89A
In an area renowned for its rainbow trout fishing, the uninitiated can take the guesswork out of fishing with a guide from Lee's Ferry Anglers. The river here has been known to yield trout up to 22 inches and larger for both fly fishers and spin casters.
Information: 928-355-2261; www.leesferry.com
Fredonia-Vermilion Cliffs Scenic RoadSpanning approximately 85 miles of State Route 89A from Bitter Springs to Fredonia
On this drive you will pass a variety of scenic landscapes. The blue-green waters of the Colorado River lead to Marble Canyon, the mouth of the Grand Canyon and the Navajo Bridge. From there you can enjoy the plum and scarlet-colored Vermilion Cliffs, and wander into the aspens and pines of the Kaibab Plateau. The road descends into desert scrub after the town of Jacob Lake and ends in Fredonia, the most populous city on the Arizona Strip. Enjoy hiking and wildlife watching along the way.
John Wesley Powell Memorial Museum6 N. Lake Powell Blvd. in Page
Named after the famous Colorado River explorer, the museum's exhibits include sketches, photos and other memorabilia from Powell's two voyages on the Colorado. You can also see Indian and pioneer artifacts, and exhibits on the area's geology and a history of Page. There is a bookstore and gift shop, and you can reserve air, land and water tours and boat rentals at the museum's information center: 928-645-9496; www.powellmuseum.org
Lake Powell3 miles west of Page on State Route 89, then 4 miles north on Lakeshore Drive
Part of the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Lake Powell, when full, has about 1,900 miles of shoreline, most of it located in Utah, and measures 186 miles long. There are approximately 96 canyons to explore, and visitors enjoy all types of water activities including boating, skiing and fishing. You can hike the surrounding areas, or camp by the water. The lake's largest marina, Wahweap Marina, is in Arizona just outside of Page. Wahweap has varied services available, including campgrounds, boat rentals and other marina services, lodging, gas, food and gift shops.
Information: 928-608-6404; www.nps.gov/glca/whwp.htm
Navajo Bridge14 miles north of Bitter Springs on State 89A
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the original 1920s Navajo Bridge was the only crossing of the Colorado River for 600 miles. But as automobiles got larger and heavier, the bridge couldn't hold the weight. In 1995 a new steel arch bridge was built in the image of the first, and the original now remains for pedestrians to have a bird's eye view of Marble Canyon and the Colorado River some 470 feet below. The Navajo Bridge Interpretive Center shares information on the history and construction of the bridges, and you can peruse the bookstore for souvenirs. The interpretive center closes for the season at the end of October and opens again mid-April.
Information: 928-355-2319; www.nps.gov/glca/pphtml/planyourvisit.html
Pipe Spring National MonumentApproximately 14 miles southwest of Fredonia on State Route 389
Designed by Mormon pioneers, Winsor Castle at Pipe Spring was meant as both a cattle ranch headquarters and as protection from Indian attacks. Built directly on top of the spring, the waters flow under the floorboards of the parlor, across the courtyard, and empty into a trough in the Spring Room. You can tour the ranch house, which is filled with historic furnishings and equipment the Mormon settlers used for butter and cheese-making. Tours of Winsor Castle leave every half-hour. You can visit two other cabins on your own. The monument also has a garden, orchard, livestock and a half-mile trail with views of the Arizona Strip. A visitors center and museum houses exhibits from both pioneer and Paiute Indian history, and has a book and gift shop.
Information: 928-643-7105; www.nps.gov/pisp/index.htm
Vermilion Cliffs National MonumentSpanning 294,000 acres of land between Marble Canyon and House Rock, and north of 89A to the Utah border
Visitors can explore the wonders of the purple-hued Vermilion Cliffs, the 2,000-feet-deep Paria Canyon, and the colorful Navajo sandstone of Coyote Buttes. The monument has excellent backpacking, camping, hiking and photography opportunities. Wildlife watchers may spot deer, desert bighorn sheep or the rare, reintroduced California condor.
Information: 435-688-3230; http://azwww.az.blm.gov/rec/pariaver.htm
Antelope CanyonYou've seen the photograph a hundred times: a hiker stands in a shaft of light beaming into a scalloped, sinuous slot canyon of vermilion stone. That's Antelope Canyon, and it's just a few miles east of Page. Named for the pronghorn antelopes that used to roam the canyon, its Navajo name means "place where water runs through rocks," after the floods that carve corkscrews into the walls. Though it looks remote, it's actually a relatively easy walk, and several tours leave daily from Page.
Information: 928-698-2808; www.navajonationparks.org/htm/antelopecanyon.htm
Canyon de Chelly National MonumentThree miles east of U.S. Route 191, near Chinle
Situated in one of the longest continuously inhabited landscapes in the United States, the monument is filled with distinctive rock formations, architecture and artifacts, as well as a living community of Navajo people. Hike, view rock art, take driving tour and learn about the Navajo culture through interpretive talks and exhibits.
Information: 928-674-5500; www.nps.gov
Hubbell Trading Post National Historic SiteOn State Route 264, west of Ganado
The oldest continuously operated trading post on the Navajo Reservation was originally purchased by John Lorenzo Hubbell in 1878, who established himself as one of the leading traders of his time. The trading post still trades with members of the Navajo, Hopi, Zuni and other tribes, just as members of the Hubbell family did for 89 years until it was sold to the National Park Service in 1967. It is now operated by a non-profit organization that maintains the trading traditions established by the Hubbell's. The site encompasses the original 160-acre homestead, including the trading post, family home and visitors center as the primary attractions.
Information: 928-755-3475; http://www.nps.gov/hutr/index.htm
Monument Valley Tribal ParkOn U.S. Route 163, north of Kayenta, near the Arizona-Utah border
A colorful region covering several thousand square miles, Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park lies within the Navajo Nation in Arizona and Utah. The visitors center, 4 miles southeast of US 163, provides information on self-guided tours. Guided tours from the center are offered daily and camping and picnicking are permitted.
Information: 801-727-3353; www.navajonationparks.org/htm/monumentvalley.htm
Navajo National MonumentThe monument is located at the end of State Route 564 off of U.S. Route 160
The visitors center located in Tonalea has no entrance fee and is open all year long, but it's best to call ahead for the season's schedule. Betatakin guided tours usually run only from May through September and are limited to 25 persons on a first-come basis. The walk is five miles round trip on a steep trail. The campground is open year-round on a first-come, first-served basis. For backcountry permits to Keet Seel, you may call up to two months before the date of your visit. To enter the site itself, you must be accompanied by a park ranger.
Information: 928-672-2700; www.nps.gov/nava