Navajo Bridge is not only awesome to see, but also has some very interesting history behind it! It’s also unique in the fact that most people outside of the area have never even heard of it.
Whether you’re traveling across the country on Highway 89A between Bitter Springs and Jacob Lake, AZ, or making the 40 minute trek from Page, you’ll arrive at these two bridges similar in appearance spanning the Colorado River.
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Page, AZ to Navajo Bridge
Coming from Page, Arizona, it’s a 40-minute scenic drive filled with winding roads and epic sandstone formations. If you’re anything like me, you’ll want to stop and take photos along the way.
You’ll simply pull into the parking lot then start your walk across the bridge! You’ll get to see AMAZING views of the Colorado River while walking the old Navajo Bridge and have the option to drive across the new Navajo Bridge! These two bridges represent one of only seven land crossings of the Colorado River for 750 miles!
Stretching more than 750 feet in length, this graceful bridge rises 470 feet above the Colorado River.
The Historic Bridge
In 1873, a ferry was first established to allow the crossing of the river. In 1928, the ferry sank, killing 3 people. Since the bridge construction had already begun and was almost complete, they chose to not replace the ferry.
For months there was no direct route from Utah to Arizona.
January 12, 1929 was a historic day, as the bridge opened up to traffic.
The New Bridge
Navajo Bridge served its purpose for 66 years! As automobiles and trucks became larger, wider, and heavier, the need for a stronger, wider bridge became absolutely necessary. The bridge also became unsafe for pedestrians (who were not technically allowed on the bridge, but we know how that goes.) Over a 13 year period, 72 accidents occurred on or while approaching the bridge and eight were fatal.
A new bridge construction started just downstream from the existing bridge. The historic bridge would remain as a pedestrian bridge and provide visitors with a breathtaking view of the Colorado River 467 feet below.
2 years after the construction began, on May 2, 1995, traffic was diverted onto the new Navajo Bridge.
The views of the river are absolutely stunning! I went later in the day, which also happened to be overcast, which meant it wasn’t hot at all! It would be pretty brutal in the regular summer heat during the day.
New World Vultures - Condor
There was a man on the bridge selling jewelry who told us about the Condor birds, which you can see flying and landing under the new bridge. He said they feed them at night to ensure they don’t pester tourists. They’re also endangered!
Can you spot the 3 in this photo?
Overall, Navajo Bridge is well worth the visit! The history is awesome and the views are epic. I highly recommend seeing it if you’re in the area!
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