In 1957, the Bureau of Reclamation chose a remote, isolated corner of Northern Arizona as the site of its most ambitious project to date. A reservoir was needed, not only as a source of hydroelectric power, but as a means to conserve water for the burgeoning population of the Southwest. A massive dam was built between the 700-foot high sandstone walls of Glen Canyon, and the waterway that formed behind it would be known as Lake Powell. 20 years later, Lake Powell became known throughout the world as a modern-day oasis in the desert, where families could enjoy boating, fishing, water-skiing … [Read more...]
Visiting Grand Canyon East
Horseshoe Bend, located just 7 miles up river from the actual beginning of Grand Canyon National Park, is fast becoming a MUST VISIT location. The intimate canyon feeling you gain while having your picture taken in front of the Colorado River can't be beat! An under appreciated attraction on the East end of the Grand Canyon is the Little Colorado River Tribal Park on the Navajo Nation. The view down into the Little Colorado River from the main parking lot is one you will never forget.
Horseshoe Bend Arizona This bend in the Colorado River is getting plenty of attention from those looking for the Grand Canyon. It is located approximately 140 miles from both the South Rim and the North Rim of the Grand Canyon - but only 5 miles from the beginning of Grand Canyon National Park. You can experience Horseshoe Bend when traveling from Rim to Rim via Highway 89/89A by simply taking a short 18 mile up to Page, Arizona. One of the Southwest's "small wonders" near the beginning of Grand Canyon National Park It is about a 3/4 mile walk out to the edge overlooking Horseshoe … [Read more...]
The Cameron Trading Post One thing you’ve probably discovered about the Grand Canyon is that there’s no quick way to get across it – you’ve got to drivearound it! That very fact no doubt perturbed would-be travelers, settlers and entrepreneurs back in the early 1900’s, when a trip to the Grand Canyon was a bone-jarring stagecoach journey that took days instead of hours. Back then, folks were also starting to realize that there were more riches to be found in tourism than in mining, so in 1911, a modest suspension bridge was constructed across the Little Colorado River Gorge at a lonely … [Read more...]
The far eastern portion of the Grand Canyon along both the Colorado River and Little Colorado River falls within the borders of the Navajo Nation, the largest Native American reservation. Though “Grand Canyon East” is not yet formally known as a Grand Canyon park, many Grand Canyon visitors do end up passing and stopping for a view of the Little Colorado River Gorge. Upon exiting Grand Canyon South Rim from the East, you’ll soon come upon one such place: the Little Colorado River Gorge Overlook. A tributary of the Colorado River, the Little Colorado River (also referred to as The LCR) has … [Read more...]
Good morning travelers ~ Isn't it ironic? And I'm not talking about "like rain on your wedding day" but like how the Lake Powell area's #1 attraction is not located on Lake Powell at all! According to TripAdvisor.com, the #1 thing to do in the Page Arizona area is Horseshoe Bend. Not hard to see why - this vista is absolutely stunning, and if you're into geology, it's incredible that it even came to be. Funny thing is that Horseshoe Bend, though considered to be the #1 attraction in the Lake Powell area, isn't part of Lake Powell itself. It's part of Glen Canyon of the Colorado River, … [Read more...]