Visit Historic Lees Ferry
In the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
Down river from Glen Canyon Dam, the historical site of Lees Ferry lies in the break between Glen, Marble and Paria canyons. A natural corridor between Utah and Arizona, Lees Ferry was originally settled by Mormon John D. Lee who established the first Colorado River crossing.
Until the Navajo and Glen Canyon Bridges were built in the 20th century, Lees Ferry benefited from a circumstance of geology. Due to the shale deposits which slope gently to the river here, it was the only place to cross the Colorado River for 260 miles.
The Grand Canyon officially begins here at Lees Ferry. Lees Ferry is probably best known today as the launching area for river rafting trips through the Grand Canyon gorge. Lees Ferry offers a ranger station, campground, launch ramp, courtesy dock, fish-cleaning station and upriver access to 15 miles of the Colorado River. A restaurant, service station, post office and store are available at the town of Marble Canyon on Highway 89A, 3.5 miles south of Lees Ferry.