Lee’s Ferry/Vermilion Cliffs

Lee’s Ferry in Northern Arizona, is known as a launching point for Colorado River rafters and other interesting rock formations. Vermilion Cliffs National Monument and the California Condor are nearby. Lee’s Ferry is the only place to access the Colorado River by vehicle for hundreds of miles. It’s named after John Doyle Lee, a Mormon Pioneer, who was later convicted and executed for his part in the infamous Mountain Meadows Massacre in Utah in 1877.


Vermilion Cliffs National Monument on a bright spring day in Northern Arizona


US route 89A travels to Vermilion Cliffs National Monument in Northern Arizona


Funky rocks are the highlight at Cliff Dwellers, adjacent to Lee's Ferry.Funky rocks are the highlight at Cliff Dwellers, adjacent to Lee’s Ferry.  


The Navajo Bridge crosses the Colorado River at Lee’s Ferry, Arizona


The Colorado River has carved Marble Canyon at Lee’s Ferry, Arizona


Rafters make their way down the Colorado River at Lee’s Ferry, Arizona



California Condors cruise at Vermilion Cliffs.


11 responses to “Lee’s Ferry/Vermilion Cliffs”

  1. This is a stunningly beautiful place. In November we drove through en route from the GC North Rim to Chaco Canyon, however it was near dusk and we weren’t able to get good photographs. After having made the drive, Vermillion Cliffs made it to the top of my list for the next Southwest trip (whenever that may be). Thanks for sharing this series. I’m looking forward to seeing more of your beautiful photography!


  2. What a cool place. I will have to try to get here sometime! Thanks for the photos and sharing this place with us.


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