Lees Ferry, Grand Canyon Colorado River

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Lees Ferry

Drive right up to the Colorado River at Lees Ferry in the Grand Canyon and take advantage of all the attractions and outdoor activities offered right in this historic spot.

  • Visit Lees Ferry, where pioneers, Native Americans and miners crossed the Colorado River
  • Fish for trout and get a trophy catch
  • Hike the many trails that start at Lees Ferry parking area
  • Camp out under the stars by the Colorado River
  • Easy to get here from the South or North Rim

What can I see and do at Lees Ferry?

  • Lees Ferry Historic Site: Visit this site of historical import at Lees Ferry AZ. You can see the remains of a sunken paddlewheel steamboat and experience the ferry crossing where pioneers, Native Americans and miners made their way across the Colorado River as far back as 1872.
  • Lonely Dell Ranch Historic Site: Step back into the past at this historic ranch where the families lived who operated Lees Ferry. See the orchard, ranch house, log cabins and their cemetery on a short tour of the site.
  • Start a Colorado River Trip: Boating the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon may be a dream you think could never come true, but it can. Start at Lees Ferry, launch a raft and take a 14-day trip through the most beautiful canyon in the world.
  • Fishing: Lees Ferry Arizona offers world-class fishing, along with gorgeous surroundings. Catch some huge trout by wading the clear waters.
  • Hiking: From the parking area at Lees Ferry, you can embark on many a fabulous hiking trip. Take the short 0.1 trek to the Lonely Dell Ranch, or continue on for as many miles as you like on the Paria Trail for a challenging hike. River Trail takes you to Spencer Trail for a difficult 2.2-mile one-way climb up some interesting switchbacks.
  • Camping: At Lees Ferry Colorado River the National Park Service has a campground where you can sleep out under the Arizona stars. It’s the ultimate Grand Canyon experience.

Where is Lees Ferry?

Lees Ferry is accessible from both the South and North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. From the South Rim, take Arizona Highway 64 to US 89, turning left onto this highway. After 58.5 miles, turn left again on US Highway 89A (89 Alternate). In 14.3 miles you’ll come to Lees Ferry Road. Follow the signs. From the North Rim, take Arizona Highway 67, taking a right onto US Highway 89A, and turn left on Lees Ferry Road and follow the signs.

Who can I call if I have more questions?

Any other questions can be answered by calling the Grand Canyon information phone at (928) 638-7888.

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