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Lees Ferry on the Colorado River
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Arizona

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Grand Canyon raft launch at Lees Ferry

Grand Canyon raft launch at Lees Ferry

Grand Canyon rafting expeditions start from this beach at Lees Ferry

Lees Ferry, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Arizona

Date photographed: June 5, 2014
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Loading rafts for the trip down the Grand Canyon

Loading rafts for the trip down the Grand Canyon

Lees Ferry is the departure point for all float trips down the Grand Canyon. Rafts and dories are loaded here with one to three weeks supplies, including generous amounts of beer.

Lees Ferry, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Arizona

Date photographed: June 5, 2014
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The old Mormon Fort at Lees Ferry

The old Mormon Fort at Lees Ferry

Fearing Indian attack, the Mormon ferry operator John D. Lee built a strong stone fort at the ferry site on the Colorado River. In 1877 Lee was executed for his role in the Mountain Meadows Massacre of 1857.

Lees Ferry, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Arizona

Date photographed: June 5, 2014
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Old mining operation at Lees Ferry

Old mining operation at Lees Ferry

The boiler and a few buildings remain from a brief and not very successful mining venture at Lees Ferry on the Colorado River.

Lees Ferry, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Arizona

Date photographed: June 5, 2014
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Sunken steamboat in the Colorado River at Lees Ferry

Sunken steamboat in the Colorado River at Lees Ferry

The short-lived mine at Lees Ferry used a steamboat to bring coal for a boiler down the river from a mine in Glen Canyon. After the steamboat was abandoned it sank at its moorings and the outline of the boat can still be seen.

Lees Ferry, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Arizona

Date photographed: June 5, 2014
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Paria Riffle on the Colorado River

Paria Riffle on the Colorado River

Not rough enough to qualify as a rapids, the Paria Riffle is the first (small) thrill for float trips down the Grand Canyon. Like most rapids in the canyon it was formed by sediment emanating from a tributary, in this case the Paria River.

Lees Ferry, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Arizona

Date photographed: June 5, 2014
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Paria Rapids, the first on a Grand Canyon float trip

Paria Rapids, the first on a Grand Canyon float trip

Paria Rapids, the first on a Grand Canyon float trip

Lees Ferry, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Arizona

Date photographed: May 29, 2000

Balanced rock on the Lees Ferry Road

Balanced rock on the Lees Ferry Road

Hard rock that has tumbled from the cliffs above may end up perched on a pedestal when the softer rock below erodes away. There are several places near Lees Ferry and along the Vermillion Cliffs with clusters of these balanced rocks.

Lees Ferry, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Arizona

Date photographed: June 5, 2014
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Under a balanced rock

Under a balanced rock

Under a precariously balanced rock on the Lees Ferry Road

Lees Ferry, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Arizona

Date photographed: June 5, 2014
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Cliff retreat has broadened the canyon at Lees Ferry

Cliff retreat has broadened the canyon at Lees Ferry

Cliff retreat has broadened the canyon at Lees Ferry

Lees Ferry, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Arizona

Date photographed: May 29, 2000

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