Crossing the Colorado River

The Colorado River can be a challenge to cross, especially in regions of rugged desert, deep canyon walls, and swift waters. These four stories highlight historical and contemporary crossing points.

Crossing of the Fathers

In 1776 an expedition left from Santa Fe, New Mexico, to find an overland route to the Catholic Mission in Monterrey, California. Native Americans guided Franciscan priests, Fathers Escalante and Dominguez through the Colorado Plateau. Their…

Hite Ferry at Dandy Crossing

Hite, Utah is located on the northern end of Lake Powell along the Colorado River. It was named after Cass Hite who came to Glen Canyon in 1883. He came after Navajo associates told him there was gold in the Colorado River. Soon, a small ‘Gold…

Kaibab Bridge (Black Bridge)

Kaibab or Black Bridge has been a valuable crossing for miners, ranchers - its intended users - as well as hikers and tourists. The bridge is wide enough for a couple of people, and strong enough for a whole team of mules. Hikers eventually overtook…

Navajo Bridge

Navajo Bridge spans the width of Marble Canyon along the Colorado River. Constructed of concrete and steel, the bridge is tied for ninth highest in the United States. Ralf Hoffman of the Arizona Highway Department (AHD) designed it, and in June of…