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Navajo Indian Reservation

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Navajo Indian Reservation
The Navajo Indian Reservation is a pretty large area, mostly in Arizona, but extends into Utah and New Mexico. The Reservation was established by the 1868 Navajo Treaty, and has been expanded several times and now covers just under 27,500 square miles.

I've only been in the Northern half, down US-89, US-160, and through Kayenta to get to Monument Valley, probably the most famous area of the reservation. Every time was on the way to or from the Grand Canyon.

From the North, US-89 goes right through the Glen Canyon NRA, and you'll encounter an entrance fee should you pass through it. If you have no desire to see Lake Powell, there's a bypass (US-89A, though it might be Alt-89 on some maps) which bypasses Glen Canyon by travelling South of the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument and crosses the Colorado River at Marble Canyon. It rejoins US-89 in the Reservation at a place called "Bitter Springs". (I have noticed that many "towns" on the maps of sparsely populated areas in the West are nothing more than a junction of two roads, with perhaps a gas station or other small business there.) Back to Top

Marble Canyon

US-89a exists only for a short time in the Navajo Indian Reservation, but it makes its introduction at Marble Canyon, where the new Navajo Bridge allows automotive traffic, and the old Navajo Bridge is open to foot traffic only. You get a spectacular view of the Colorado River down this narrow (relatively speaking) canyon, 500 feet above the water.

The now, pedestrian-bridge is what essentially put the ferry service just North of here out of business. You can still see where the ferry service operated in the nearby Lees Ferry Unit of the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area just West on US-89a.

Marble Canyon / Navajo Bridge
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US-89, Grand Canyon to Antelope Pass

US89 Grand Canyon to Antelope Pass
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Antelope Pass
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US-89 Page to Antelope Pass
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US-89 Antelope Pass to Marble Canyon
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US160 (Four Corners to Cameron)
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Related Links

US-89
US-89 Link US-89 is a remarkable road that follows some of the most scenic areas of the West from Canada to Arizona, and along the way passes through (or comes within a few miles of) over a half dozen major Western Parks. Glacier to Yellowstone to Grand Teton, Bryce, Zion, Glen Canyon and Grand Canyon.

I've actually frequented this road quite a bit, but in a disjointed, non-continuous fashion.

Visited Various

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
Glen Canyon Link The Glen Canyon National Recreation Area encompasses and products the Colorado River (and many of its tributaries) from Canyonlands to Grand Canyon National Park. It is mostly a creation of the Glen Canyon Dam, which creates a reservoir behind it (Lake Powell) a hundred miles long.

Included on this page is the Navajo Bridge and the Lees Ferry Unit of the park, river level access a dozen miles below the dam.

Arizona, Utah / 47 Images. Visited Sep 1997, Sep 2008.

Four Corners Monument, Navajo Tribal Park
Four Corners Link Four Corners Monument is the only place in the U.S. where four States meet, perhaps the ultimate place for a stupid tourist photo in the Southwest. I should know, I've been there twice! If I ever go back, I'm taking my GPS to see if it's really in the right spot. :-)

In addition to the monument (there is an entrance fee), there are stalls around run by (rented by?) the locals selling locally produced merchandise. Oh, try the fry bread. Mmmmmm...

Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado / 28 Images. Visited Sep 1997, Sep 2008.

Little Colorado River Gorge, Navajo Tribal Park
LCRG Link If you're heading to Grand Canyon from US-89, the Little Colorado River Gorge is a side-stop along the way.

You can step up right next to the gorge, and if the sheer cliff face doesn't bother you... Then you're a better man than I.

Near Cameron, Arizona / 16 Images. Visited Sep 1997, Sep 2008.

Monument Valley, Navajo Tribal Park
Monument Valley  Link Monument Valley is definitely worth a stop. It's landscapes are some of the most memorable in the world, immortalized by everyone from John Ford to Robert Zemekis.

Goulding's Lodge is also on this page, as are images from one of the four-hour tours through the restricted parts of the park.

Near Kayenta, Utah / 160 Images. Visited Sep 2008.
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Trip Report: Sep 1997, Sep 2008.

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