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Lee’s Ferry Arizona
Photography Hot Spot Location
Lee’s Ferry is situated on the Colorado River in Coconino County, Arizona, just south of the Utah/Arizona border. Lee’s Ferry is the only place, within 100 miles, where one can easily access the Colorado River from both sides. This historical site on the Colorado River served as an important river crossing; starting in the mid-1800s, this location was the site of a ferry operated by John Doyle Lee, for whom Lee’s Ferry is named. Today Lees Ferry is a well-known fishing and boat launching point, particularly for whitewater rafting trips through the Grand Canyon. Lees Ferry is considered the official beginning of Grand Canyon National Park on the Colorado River.
We discovered this location personally on a journey in December of 2011 before Nat Geo had a similar shot as above, in their magazine. We had come home from this trip, and we were going to send our pictures into them to be published. We got them all ready and guess what came in the mail. It was their February edition. We pulled it out of the mailbox and read the cover. It said, Lee’s Ferry Little Known Undiscovered Wonder. Pam screamed at the top of my lungs for all the neighborhood to hear, “I DISCOVERED THIS PLACE!” So she really did discover it. And guess what?? Our picture on top of this page is better than theirs. 🙂 Hence this was soon to be the beginning of the idea to have our magazine.
Anywho, This place is amazing. We found it one day after leaving the Lake Powell area on our usual daily explorations during one of our many journies. We always just let the universe guide us, but we do ask humans for guidance on occasion. We stopped in by the dam and spoke to a park ranger after getting our yearly National Park Passes there. She suggested a drive out to this spot. Little did I know how good of a photography location it would be. We saw a hotel on the hill when we arrived at the Navajo Bridge. We thought it would be expensive since we were in photographers paradise. It turned out it was only $32.00 a night.
At dinner there, we sat next to a group of backpackers who were going through the area. It was December, so there was barely a soul there. They had to open the restaurant for dinner and heat up the grill because they had people.
You have to be careful out there alone since there is no one around. We told the park rangers what we were driving because out there at that time of year; there is no on to hear you scream! “There’s our car. If we are not in it after sundown, come and get us.” We told the park ranger with a smile, and off we all went on our journey. You can see some of the images on this page.