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Marble Canyon Window

Just art this time. Here’s a settler ruin near Marble Canyon, juxtaposing the window frame of this stone and timber building to frame out the canyon wall on the opposite side. I love the complimentary colors of the reds and purples of the rock and the bright green of the cottonwoods.

Canyon Window © Ryan Hertz
Canyon Window © Ryan Hertz

Paria and Colorado Rivers Confluence, Lee’s Ferry

Here’s a couple views from further up towards Page looking towards the beginning of the Grand Canyon. From bottom of the photograph working up, we have the Paria River coming in from the right. Although it looks dry, it is still 30-40′ wide as it is meandering in an even larger river of sand to finally add its chocolate-brown water to the crystal-clear waters of the Colorado. About halfway up from the confluence is the Navajo Bridge. Up the photograph from there, near the horizon, on the left is the location where the previous photo was taken!

Lee's Ferry, Paria Confluence
Lee's Ferry, Colorado and Paria Confluence © Ryan Hertz

Here’s a close up of the actual confluence and a size comparison with the 2-lane road of Lee’s Ferry. On the left side there is a truck perched above the river.

Lee's Ferry, Paria and Colorado Rivers Confluence © Ryan Hertz
Lee's Ferry, Paria and Colorado Rivers Confluence © Ryan Hertz

Driving down to Lee’s Ferry is by far the easiest way to get right up close to the Colorado River — obviously that’s why John D. Lee set up a river crossing here over 130 years ago. In future posts I will show you a much more complicated approach to the Colorado that is for the adventurous traveler.

Alstrom Point, Lake Powell – Part 2

Alstrom Point understandably attracts photographers and you can see why. It is one of the most dramatic vistas that can be reached within a few hours drive of Page, AZ.

Although I would typically prefer to be alone in my exploration of Alstrom Point, this couple of photographers made for a wonderful subject and helps illustrate the scale. After they took their sunset photographs they made their way out of the area and left us to our camping in isolation.

Photographers at Alstrom Point overlooking Padre Bay during Sunset
Alstrom Point is a great place to catch sunset photos
Alstrom Point Lake Powell
Alstrom Point Lake Powell

Alstrom Point, Gunsight Butte and Padre Bay

If your explorations of Lake Powell are on land and you’re the adventurous type there is the most amazing place to surround yourself with the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument and the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.

Alstrom Point can be reached carefully by car in the right conditions, often by a vehicle with sufficient ground clearance, usually by 4×4 or offroad vehicle, and sometimes not at all — some sections of the road are impassible when wet, raining or when the Pariah river is deep. Yes, there is a river crossing.

From there you are climbing up to the rim of the Glen Canyon, passing through some old cattle roads, a grave or two, scrambling over rock-strewn slickrock, bogging down in drifting sand and eventually out over Lake Powell.

I’ve spent so much time at this place that I will definitely have to dedicate quite a few posts to it. Let’s start with some photographs to give you an idea of the kinds of views you can experience from this very special place.

One calm morning after camping on Alstrom Point I was treated to some glass-smooth water and a chance to take some atypical photos. The almost aerial perspective and reflections made for an abstract image that I really like. The water is so smooth that you can see the reflection of clouds overhead.

Padre Bay Stratified Sandstone from Alstrom Point
Padre Bay Stratified Sandstone from Alstrom Point

Here’s another slightly abstract landscape: what appears to be a small kidney floating in a sea of blue is likely the top of a massive rock formation.

Island in Padre Bay
Island in Padre Bay

Looking across Padre Bay to Gunsight Butte, named for its resemblance of a rifle barrel and end sight, across Gunsight Bay and off to Navajo Mountain.

Gunsight Butte, Navajo Mountain, Lake Powell
Gunsight Butte, Navajo Mountain, Lake Powell