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Glen Canyon Dam to Lee's Ferry - 8 members in 16 triplogs have rated this an average 4.3 ( 1 to 5 best )
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 Mesa, AZ
Lee's Ferry CampgroundNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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Day 1 - The long ride up to Lee's Ferry with a stop at Navajo Bridge. The wind was brutal but died down during the night.
Day 2 - Backhaul up the river to Glen Canyon Dam and a full day kayaking down with stops at the petroglyphs and on Horseshoe Bend. With the wind picking up again the next day we were advised not to camp on the river.
Day 3 - Breakfast at the Cliff Dwellers Lodge, Cathedral Wash to the Colorado River and back, the drive around to Horseshoe Bend from above
Day 4 - The long drive home and the dread of going back to work the next day...
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Nov 14 2021
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 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Glen Canyon Dam to Lee's FerryNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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This had been planned a couple of weeks ago, but my wife through her back out just prior to the event. Luckily we were able to reschedule with Wilderness Adventures. Stayed in Page overnight and met up with our tour guide (along with 45 other people) to start the trip. They had to bus to the bottom of the dam; which was kind of cool. Had to go through a 2 mile tunnel to get there. Pretty impressive looking up from the bottom. We had to wear hard hats as we walked from the bus to the rafts, because (in the past) of objects being thrown off the bridge. :doh: The trip down the river was very low key. Some great views of the canyon and good information provided by the guide. A lot of contorting and craning of the neck to try take in all the sights. Excited to see where the Rope trail ends. Definitely, on my list to check out. :D Stopped at the petroglyphs. Well preserved with the exception of one idiot who added his name to the glyphs. Wildlife included a handful of herons (seen throughout the trip) and 6 wild horses seen near Lee’s Ferry.
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 Tempe, AZ
Glen Canyon Dam to Lee's FerryNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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I loaded up the kids into the Chum Family Truckster for a covidventure in the canyon. Everything turned out great, from talking my way into a site at the otherwise full Lees Ferry Campground to weather conditions, backhaul timing, campsite, waterflow, temperature, culinary choices, side hikes, and the rest.

There was an oversized group of boy scouts (or whatever they call themselves now that molesting isn't part of the curriculum) camped at Ferry Swale Friday night and they were planning to move to 6 mile camp for Saturday night. A couple of big groups were spending a long weekend fishing at the bend, so we set up at 8 mile. This worked great as it's a nice overland hike between 8 and 9.

Day 1 seemed shorter, even with hikes up the ropes and to the petros. Camp was perfect with afternoon shade, and perfect sleeping temps. I had to fight a mouse for my breakfast croissants sometime in the middle of the night but I came out victorious.

Water was a relatively balmy 51, so I was able to take several refreshing swimming breaks both days.

Day 2 was longer, with a single stretch into a rough headwind. Luckily the current is strong enough to overcome the surface wind as long as you find the right spot in the river. Saw a bunch of bighorn near Spencer as we finished. We saw a couple of large beavers that make a home in this stretch, though I saw no sign of lodges where they might reside.

Hopefully NPS gets a handle on the use here. I've heard rumors that there's an ongoing discussion about it. A ranger I spoke to at Lees said that they regularly cite folks who exceed the capacity of the few designated camp spots.
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Jul 04 2019
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51 male
 Joined Apr 13 2011
 Gilbert, AZ
Glen Canyon Dam to Lee's FerryNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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Days 1 and 2 of our family 4th of July adventure (end of Day 2 and 3 were spent hiking the Inner Basin to Humphreys).

We left Phoenix at 5:30 am on the 4th in order to be at Lee's Ferry by 10 and prepared for our "backhaul" up the river at 10:30. Backhaul services are offered by Wilderness River Adventures, who is the concessionaire for Glen Canyon rafting trips: https://www.riveradventures.com/glen-ca ... -services/. They make extra money by hauling people and gear back up the river as they are getting their rafts back up to the dam where they pick up their tour groups (who, we learned, get on their rafts at the bottom of the dam, after coming down a two-mile tunnel/ramp drilled through the eastern canyon wall from somewhere near the Maverick in Page). Current charges are: $30 per person; $25 per boat; and $25 per 100 lbs. of gear. FYI you are not required to use their services--there are others who are offering such services, and you can even get hauled up by private boat, if that's an option for you.

Our driver/guide, Justin, was on time and very helpful. We peppered him with questions on the 1 hour run up the river, while making mental notes of various items to see on the way back down the river. Our biggest question was where to camp. There are several options (all laid out at the Glen Canyon NPS site: @azbackpackr also had good things to say about that site. We opted for Ferry Swale, and after staying there, and later exploring the Horseshoe Bend site, I am still very happy with our choice.

Having made that decision, Justin stopped at Ferry Swale on the way up canyon, so we could drop off most of our gear, claim a camping spot, and not have to carry all the gear with us in the kayaks for the first part of the trip.

Having stowed our gear at camp, we continued up river to the dam. The official drop-off site is around the corner from the dam, but Justin drove us up close to the dam and snapped some photos before dropping us off at "kayak beach." He then offered to fill our water bottles and dromedary with fresh water before heading out. We tipped him and then got on with the kayaking adventure.

First up: We got in the kayaks and headed up stream for a kayak-level view of the dam. The current gets a little strong close to the dam, so we didn't make it to the buoy barrier, but relatively close. I was surprised how close you can actually get to the dam.

After reaching a point of futility in continuing to paddle upstream, we eventually gave in to the current and started our down-river travel.

Shortly thereafter, we pulled off at the Ropes Trail campsite. I had hiked down that trail last year to explore the area, and I showed the family the petroglyphs and hiked over to the bottom of the "rope" (really a metal cable) for which the trail/camp is named. Climbing up to the bottom of the cable gives a nice, elevated view of the bend down river.

We admired the petroglyphs, but it looks like the panel has been the victim of some vandalism/extracurricular chiseling. :( We ate lunch in the shade at Ropes Trail Camp and then got back in the kayaks for a leisurely stroll down the river.

Since our campsite was only a few miles down, and we still had the bulk of the afternoon ahead of us, we were in no hurry. We paddled up Honey Draw, which involves a short side trip to where sheer canyon walls encircle a small cove. The reflection of the sunlight dancing off the water onto the walls was mesmerizing. Also, the water in this area had a Havasupai hue to it. There was also some shade, where we just kicked back and rested a bit from the heat.

After a while, we popped out of Honey Draw into the "rapid"--aka a mini-riffle with at least one hole deep enough to allow a gallon or two of water to slosh over the bow of my kayak when I hit it. We had fun paddling back upstream a couple of times to "run" this riffle.

After that, we floated down the river, admiring the clarity of the water. Even when the water was 20-30 feet deep, you could easily see straight through to the bottom. We saw many groups of large fish swim right under our kayaks. I'm no fisherman, but my fishing buddies have told me it's near blasphemy for me to have gone through this area without "drowning any worms."

As the late afternoon began to cast shadows in the canyon, we arrived at Ferry Swale camp and set up our camp on a sandy lip right above the river. There was only one other couple in the camping area, and plenty of real estate for both of our groups to enjoy de facto solitude. After setting up camp, I explored the cliffs on the east side of camp. You can climb surprisingly high with relative ease, for a commanding view of the area from here. There are also some cracks/fissures in the wall, creating cave-like formations that were fun to explore.

After dark, we sat around the party lights and enjoyed each other's company. About 9 pm, the fireworks display from Page kicked off. We couldn't see the fireworks, but their reflections lit up the western canyon wall in a cool/unique way. That lasted about 20 minutes, then it was dark. With no moon, the Milky Way was on display, providing its own version of fireworks, along with several shooting stars.

In the morning, the sunrise against the canyon walls, and reflected in the river, was an impressive sight. We packed up camp and headed down river towards the petroglyph panel on Horseshoe Bend. On the way, we came across about a dozen bighorn sheep grazing on a shelf above the western bank.

The petroglyph panel was neat. It is set up to accommodate the rafting tours, with steps up from the river, several bathrooms, and retaining wall and signage.

Back on the river, we rounded Horseshoe Bend and looked up at the masses clamoring to get their Instagram photos. We stopped and explored the camping area, and climbed around the rocks on the bend, followed by some rock-skipping at the river's edge.

Back on the river, we found a couple of spots to "cliff jump," though it's surprisingly hard on the river to find a place that has all of the required elements: a ledge that is accessible; over water that is deep enough; with a current that is light enough. Jumping in was cold but not unbearable, and getting immersed offset the ambient July heat.

Then it was on to Waterholes Canyon for our hike. I had received conflicting reports about how far it was possible to hike up Waterholes Canyon before getting cliffed out. We made it about a mile and a half up the canyon before hitting a sheer dryfall. We explored various ways to get up/around it, but all of them seemed to lack one or two last, solid handholds that would mitigate the exposure. So, we made that our turnaround point. Although we would have liked to explore further, we enjoyed the section we were able to see.

After Waterholes, the afternoon was well underway, and we still had plans to get to Flagstaff and set up camp for our hike up the Inner Basin before dark, so we forewent our planned visit to Hislops Cave and up the Box Canyons (#nexttime), and just finished the trip with a float over to the submerged Charles Spencer's steamship remains.

This was a great trip, with a surprisingly low level of logistics and red tape (no permits, no camping fees, etc.) Only external costs were backhaul and the NPS fee for parking (which you can purchase at the vending machine at the pull out, shortly after the turn off from 89A--or, your America the Beautiful Pass works, too.).
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Glen Canyon Dam to Lee's FerryNorthwest, AZ
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A fun kayak from Glen Canyon dam down to Lees ferry, with a night under the stars at Horseshoe Bend = :y:

After camping Friday at Lees Ferry, we were up early the next morning to meet up with the backhaul outfitter and begin the process of getting everybody and their kayaks up to the top. This took awhile, but once everyone was in place we started the 6-mile float down to our destination for the night. The water along this stretch was out-of-this-world beautiful, flowing emerald green with deep visibility and serene reflections of canyon walls the entire way. Stopped to check out the petroglyphs and soon arrived at our home for the night on 9-mile beach, which is directly under the Horseshoe Bend overlook. Spent the evening around a huge campfire and dirtbag camped that night, falling asleep after patiently waiting to see at least one shooting star.

Despite the collective number of hangovers in the group, Sunday we were back out on the water bright and early to finish the remaining 9 mile float back to Lees Ferry. It was fun to see Waterholes and the stretch of river beyond that, as I had only had a glimpse of this section years ago in the dark after descending the canyon on the anxiety-filled packraft afterwards. The peaceful float was over much too fast and we were soon back on the road for home.

After being cooped up from hiking for a few weeks due to a broken toe, this trip was much needed and it felt great to be outside again in such a beautiful place. It was fun for the next few days to find our kayaks as tiny specks in #horseshoebend tagged photos on instagram. Would definitely do this trip again, despite the backhaul being a hassle. Being that I deal with a much less fun kind of backhaul at work everyday in the 5G world, I'll take the kayaking kind anyday. :D Huge props to Ben for organizing the entire thing and dealing with the logistics of a big group, and for driving the outfitter's jetboat when they were a person short (and for not letting it sink :lol: ). Another great trip in a beautiful place with great people!
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Apr 22 2018
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 Gilbert, AZ
Glen Canyon Dam to Lee's FerryNorthwest, AZ
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This trip was a short whirlwind summery tour of the Colorado River below Lake Powell. I've been wanting to do this for years. My dad joined me. We just got a motel room in Page. I explored a few different spots above and below Lees Ferry. It was a fun trip. This spot was easily the highlight. I could sit there every morning. So beautiful and zero people. Horseshoe Bend was a joke. I don't need to see it that bad. There must have been over seventy cars in there. They were even parked along the highway! It's nice to know that you can still find some off the radar spots with a little effort. This was just perfect. Lees Ferry is amazing.


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Aug 18 2015
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 Joined Jan 21 2006
 Needles CA
Glen Canyon Dam to Lee's FerryNorthwest, AZ
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Third kayak trip to Glen Canyon this summer. (I also did a motorboat tour from the dam to Lees Ferry this summer.) After a night and a couple of meals at Marble Canyon Lodge, we launched in the early morning from Lees Ferry to paddle upstream to 6 Mile Camp. We stopped for a break at Waterholes Canyon, where I hiked up to the first box, but decided next time it will be easier to not be on that side of the river, for we lost ground trying to cross back over to where the current is milder. In fact, there were several places where there either was no eddy to follow upstream, or where we had to cross to where there is an eddy. It was not the easiest paddling.

We finally reached 6 Mile Camp, which is on the west side of the river, in the late afternoon and set up camp. The tamarisk trees are pretty much dead at all these river camps, due to the tamarisk beetle. Although this may be environmentally correct, it makes for a lousy camp with little respite from the hot sun, so we were glad to arrive as the cliff shadows had begun to shade the camp. I hope that willows and cottonwoods will grow to take the place of the tammies.

Floating back downriver the next morning we reached Lees Ferry pretty quickly!

Since this was in mid-August the weather was pretty hot but not as hot as July. As always, Glen Canyon provides one scenic amazement after another, and the camera is always at hand. I am hoping to be working here next tour season, and am looking forward to the experience.

I just realized I didn't post the July trip. Will do that later.
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Jun 10 2015
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 Needles CA
Glen Canyon Dam to Lee's FerryNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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azbackpackrTriplogs 823
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On the 9th of June my friend and I met at Lees Ferry with our long kayaks. We waited for the Colorado River Discovery rafts to come down the river from Glen Canyon Dam. Once the rafts had arrived and all the passengers had debarked we loaded our boats and camping gear onto one of the rafts, operated by a young Native American woman. She expertly guided the boat upriver and dropped us off at Ferry Swale campsite.

I was confused by something I heard someone say later, thinking I may have heard "Ferry Swell." But the topo map CLEARLY shows that the camp is directly across from Ferry Swale Canyon, which comes in from the West.

So, we camped at Ferry Swale campsite for the night. It rained. We did get a bit wet, having slept under a tarp. In the morning there were waterfalls coming off the cliffs. It was worth getting a little bit wet to see the big waterfall across from camp, coming down out of Ferry Swale Canyon. This waterfall is also clearly labeled on the topo map. By the time it was light enough for me to take a photo the water had diminished a little bit. It's too bad I couldn't have gotten a photo of it when it was really gushing. Taller than Deer Creek Falls.

We started downriver in the rain. It rained off and on, never very hard, as we paddled down to Lees Ferry. We marveled at the waterfalls coming off the cliffs.

Although I was wearing a pretty good raincoat, I wished I had a dry top and Kokotat paddle pants, with some kind of wool long johns underneath. (Yes, you hikers, there really is a piece of gear called paddle pants. No jokes, please! ;) ) And I wished I had neoprene boots instead of the lowcut neoprene shoes I was wearing. We stopped a couple of times on our way back to Lees Ferry. At Waterholes Canyon I hiked upstream a short distance and also did jumping jacks and running in place to get warm. My feet finally warmed up again and we were on our way.

It truly was a wonderful day to be paddling in Glen Canyon, despite having gotten so chilly. It was no longer raining as we pulled our kayaks out of the water and brought the vehicles around to load up. We went to the newly rebuilt Marble Canyon Lodge for lunch.
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Jun 07 2014
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 Phoenix, AZ
Glen Canyon Dam to Lee's FerryNorthwest, AZ
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I can't get over how awesome the Colorado River is!!!

We camped late Friday night at the campground (WOW, talk about drunk and high teenagers overrunning the place.. ugh!), then woke up early for the backhaul. They were super late, so we had to "rescue" a few beers from overheating. Once we got going, though, the trip was great. Adam, Liz, Amy, Mark and I all piled into a Blue Meanine after loading our boats, then zipped upstream. The canyon walls were gorgeous and very reminiscent of Indian Creek/Canyonlands classic sandstone splitter cracks. Breathtaking! Our guide dropped us up near the dam, and we paddled around for a bit before deciding to set up camp right where we were. It was hot and perfect, and we soon were donning swimsuits and whipping out the fishing poles. Caught a couple trout which we later had for dinner.. yum!

The whole area is just perfect. I didn't realize until a couple months later that the town is right there, because the only outside sounds we heard were people yelling on the Ropes Trail once or twice. It was very relaxing, and we sunbathed and fantasized about climbing the cracks.

The next morning we slowly paddled downstream, taking our time and stopping off at points that the guide had noted for petroglyphs. We eventually caught up to him with a group of tourists at one of the most popular petroglyph spots, and we joked around for a bit and sang him some songs. We continued our trip after admiring some fish and other aquatic creatures (and may have accidentally fed them a piece of jerky..), then left Amy and Mark to one extra day of relaxation at Horseshoe Bend. By the time we were back at the car, we were already planning our next trip! Great area, and so glad I got to ride along for this one.
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Went down the river for work. Stopped at the 'glyphs, as per usual.
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Glen Canyon Dam to Lee's FerryNorthwest, AZ
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Rafting from waterholes to lee's ferry
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Packrafted from Waterholes canyon to Lee's Ferry mostly at night under the full moon. :)
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Rafted with CRD down to Lee's Ferry with a stop at Petro Beach.
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Glen Canyon Dam to Lee's FerryNorthwest, AZ
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Wonderful stretch of water. Fish galore, cool water, some nice easy hikes and a few 'sketchy' ones; nice camping too! Stop and visit Rodney at Ferry Swale camp.
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May 07 2011
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Glen Canyon Dam to Lee's FerryNorthwest, AZ
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This kayak trip starts at Lee's Ferry. The big motor rafts bring the tourists downriver from Glen Canyon Dam and deadhead back upstream, so they will take you and your kayak upstream, for a price. It's a flat-water float trip, NO rapids, but can be dangerous nevertheless.

This is a fun trip to do in two or three days, since there are several camping areas with restrooms. However, beware of the wind. During the spring, the wind can blow upstream pretty fiercely. Lots of petroglyphs, too.

Just in case you just woke up from total amnesia, or are from Mars, this trip is on the Colorado River in northern Arizona, and Lee's Ferry is the location of the put-in for Grand Canyon trips. This Glen Canyon trip is UPSTREAM from Lee's Ferry and does not require a permit. Going downstream from the Ferry is called GRAND CANYON, however, and does require a permit, and also a lot of skill, and is over 200 miles long. (Or do a commercial trip.)
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Floated/paddled 4 miles from Waterholes canyon down to Lee's Ferry in our packrafts. :D
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