Lee’s Ferry, AZ

Well, that didn’t take long. After only a month or so of writing my daily journal I completely dropped the ball last week and didn’t write a single entry. Instead of beating myself up, I’m just going to roll with it. Since I still have no motivation to write and the last thing I want is to be posting about things that happened weeks or months ago, I’m going to simply share some photos along with a few words about last week.

Lee's Ferry Campground
Our backyard view of the Vermillion Cliffs at Lee’s Ferry Campground
Cathedral Wash
Hiking down the south side of Cathedral Wash
Cathedral Wash
Our lack of research on this trail led us to believe it would be a walk through a normal desert wash. It was not!
Cathedral Wash
A few areas required scrambling down and around pour overs. This was the biggest one. After a few failed attempts, we found a safe way to bypass this 30-foot drop.
Cathedral Wash
Gorgeous!
Lee's Ferry, AZ
The hike ended on the shores of the Colorado River.
Lee's Ferry, AZ
Looks inviting
Cathedral Wash
A few days later we hiked north up the same wash
Cathedral Wash
About 1.5 miles up the wash we ran into this very tall pour over.
Cathedral Wash
Fortunately, we found a way up and around
Vermillion Cliffs
We hiked up the wash for another few miles before turning around. Lingering smoke from a nearby prescribed fire partially obscured our view of the Vermillion Cliffs.
Cathedral Wash
Is it just me, or does this rock look like fudge striped ice cream?
Vermillon Cliffs
Not hard to understand why they’re called the Vermillion Cliffs
Lonely Dell Ranch - Lee's Ferry, AZ
Lonely Dell Ranch
Lee's Ferry, AZ
One of the historic buildings near the old ferry site. Also…we’re about to climb to the top of that cliff.
Spencer Trail - Lee's Ferry, AZ
Can you see the trail?
Spencer Trail - Lee's Ferry, AZ
The Colorado River looks very blue from above
Spencer Trail - Lee's Ferry, AZ
Still climbing…
Spencer Trail - Lee's Ferry, AZ
About halfway up we noticed smoke rolling in. We knew it was from a prescribed burn and didn’t feel in danger, but we also didn’t want to breathe in all that smoke.
Spencer Trail - Lee's Ferry, AZ
We pushed on and as we neared the top the wind picked up and soon we were surrounded by smoke. It’s impossible to see because of the smoke but the city of Page is normally visible from here.
Spencer Trail - Lee's Ferry, AZ
Wow, that happened very fast!
Spencer Trail - Lee's Ferry, AZ
The way down was not nearly as scenic.
Spencer Trail - Lee's Ferry, AZ
The Colorado looking not so blue anymore.
Lee's Ferry Campground, AZ
By the next morning, the smoke was gone.

Lee’s Ferry Campground in Marble Canyon, AZ was a fantastic place to spend the week. While most RVs crowded near the bottom of the campground to get a glimpse of the river below, we took a spot in the upper half where the sites were farther apart and the drone of generator noise at a minimum.

Lee's Ferry Campground, AZ
This Casita got the site with the best river view. They also brought along what looks to be a noisy contractor style generator which makes me very happy that we chose a spot on the opposite end of the campground!

With a variety of trails nearby and some interesting historical spots, we really enjoyed the area and are putting it on our list of “must return” places.

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8 Responses to “Lee’s Ferry, AZ”

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  1. bill bennett

    When your traveling days are over, consider publishing a picture book called: “Travels With Amanda”. Your blog is TOPS! Don’t forget to give credit to Tim!

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  2. Metamorphosis Lisa

    With trails like that to distract I can see why journaling and/or blogging would fall by the wayside! Clearly this area needs to be explored more! I love it when a trail turns out to be even more interesting than one expects.

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    • Amanda

      It was such a surprisingly awesome area! We came here in search of warmth and maybe some nice views of the river and found so much more!

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  3. David B

    We owned a Casita for 8 years, little bit cramped, took turns moving around inside, now in a 19′ Bambi. Great pictures almost like being there…..Dave

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    • Amanda

      I’ve always admired Casitas. They do seem a bit more cramped than even the small Airstreams though. The last time Tim went in one he couldn’t stand up all the way so that option is out for us!

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  4. We're the Russos

    Thanks for sharing this great spot! Look forward to meeting you both on the road one of these days and going for a hike.

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    • Amanda

      I can’t believe we haven’t run into you guys yet. Hopefully, we can make it happen one day!

      Reply

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