View from Spencer Trail of Lee's Ferry and the Vermilion Cliffs

This is the view part way up Spencer Trail. Lee's Ferry boat ramp in the midground. This is the start for most of the Colorado River rafting trips through the Grand Canyon.. The Vermilion Cliffs are showing how they got their name. Arizona Passages


For a view of this from the other direction, look the photograph on the cover of Michael Collier's book "Over the Rivers"

He is one of the most amazing photographers I have been privileged to meet. His work is truly exceptional.


{edit 03/10/09} This photo is now "Historic". They are finishing a big structure on the raft launch ramp to provide shade. {end edit}


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Here is my triplog from

  • mizmell 7y

    Love the texture you've captured with this shot.
  • James Marvin Phelps PRO 7y

    Just a stunning view! Nice work!
  • Merilee Phillips 7y

    I was stunned by the Vermillion Cliffs. So beautiful and changing with different light. Great shot!
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  • Al_HikesAZ PRO 7y

    @williscreek - I really enjoyed this trail. 4 out of 5 stars. About 4.25 miles RT and 1,500 AEG. Here's the triplog I posted on

    The junction of the Spencer Trail and the River Trail has a sign. I didn't notice that there were three trails here not two. I started out on what I thought was the Spencer Trail . After about 1/8th mile I was thinking, "Wow if the whole climb is like this, this is going to be tough". I topped out on a little scramble and found myself on a nice singletrack trail. So I backtracked to the start of the Spencer trail and started off again. This is why there's a little loop in my GPS route. Trail hint (not political commentary) - stay way left. The trail is well engineered and constructed. And I had it to myself. This is a lot like Squaw Peak in Phoenix was like 40 years ago. Rock stairs in some places and nice switchbacks & traverses. About 2/3rds of the way up is a little stretch with some exposure. The tread is about 9" against the wall with a couple hundred foot dropoff. Past this stretch, the trail becomes much sandier. Not bad on the way up, but the sand makes footing a little dicey on the way down so you have to go a little slower than otherwise. The trail never became overly steep and then you hit a nice plateau at the top. You can see Page and Horseshoe Bend in the distance. A lot of territory up here to explore if you have the time. This area could be brutal in the heat. This is a fun area with the history and the river. The Lonely Dell Ranch on the Paria River is worth a little side-excursion.
  • Rick Goldwaser 7y

    That is seriously gorgeous, looks like a great hike.
  • Al_HikesAZ PRO 7y

    Rick - I see we kick a lot of the same dirt. Join us on You have to register, but Joe is serious about guarding our privacy. And you'll learn about some great places to hike in AZ & UT. I read most of your rant and agree with all that I read.
  • Brian Wellman 7y

    Your fantastic color picture is my winner!
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  • Amir Zakhary 7y

    thanks for these beautiful pictures, amazing :)
  • irinsmith 6y

    breathtaking I could not stop staring!
  • Al_HikesAZ PRO 6y

    Irin - thanks. it's a climb but not breathtaking if you're in shape :) This one is now "Historical". They are finishing a big structure on the raft launch ramp to provide shade.
  • duggar11 6y

    Beautiful shot.
  • Raphaëlle Scalvenzi 6y

    Your photo is now featured in Fotopedia article Paria River. Great picture! Thanks for using Creative Commons.
  • Steve Sieren Photography PRO 6y

    Such a nice view we don't often see of the Colorado River, I love the way it snakes on through the scene. There is just to much to see along the Colorado.

    Here is a view of the Colorado River further down stream from the ground while standing in California looking into Arizona. I'm guessing there are not many views even comparable to Colorado River as it runs through the Grand Canyon.
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    Thanks for posting this to the group

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  • Kurt Zoglmann PRO 4y

    This inspires me to go see the Grand Canyon!

    [ via 'Nature & Landscapes' group on flickriver  --zoglmannk ]
  • PRO 4y

    Simply wow ... absolutely stunning. I can't stop saying it!
  • JoeCow 2y

    Very good Shots!! :) <3
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