Launch at your own risk!
The public is asked to use extreme caution when using the public launch ramps at Lake Powell. The decrease in water levels has reduced the depth of water in these areas, creating shallow water on the ramps with steep drop-offs. More »
Highway 89 closed 25 miles south of Page
A road collapse south of Page has closed US-89 until further notice. US-89 is closed northbound at US-89A. In Page, US 89 is closed at the junction with State Route 98. Traffic is being detoured around closure utilizing 89T (Navajo 20). US-89A is open. More »
Quagga Mussel Monitoring Update
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Lake Powell Mercury Consumption Advisory
Public Health, Environmental and Wildlife agencies from Utah and Arizona are jointly issuing a mercury fish advisory for striped bass in the southern portion of Lake Powell from Dangling Rope marina to the dam. Read more here: More »
Cathedral Wash Hike
Trail Head: Cathedral Wash is near Lees Ferry, AZ. After you turn off Highway 89A onto the Lees Ferry access road, drive 1.3 miles. The trailhead is at the pull out on your left. You can access both upper and lower Cathedral Wash from this parking area.
Hiking distance: 1.25 miles one way
Skill Level: Moderate. On a scale of 1 (easy) to 5 (arduous), this hike is rated a 3. This hike involves scrambling, traversing ledges and climbing up and down heights of approximately 30 feet.
Conditions: During inclement weather it is not advisable to enter the wash due to the possibility of flash flooding. Remember that desert canyons can draw water from hundreds of surrounding miles, so clear weather here does not necessarily negate the possibility of flooding. Average temperatures are between 20 to 55 degrees F in the winter and 65 to 120 degrees F in the summer.
Description: Your hike begins in Glen Canyon NRA. As you descend into the wash, you will travel through the Kaibab Limestone and Toroweap Formations of the Grand Canyon Group. Many interesting formations and fossils may be seen. A wide variety of plants both native and exotic can be found. The wash is teeming with life. You may encounter bighorn sheep, coyote, a variety of birds, insects and reptiles. YES, we do have rattlesnakes. As you reach the bottom of the wash, you will be awe struck by the beauty of the Colorado River, Cathedral Wash rapid and Grand Canyon National Park.
Area Information: A wide variety of information is available at the Lees Ferry Ranger Station and at the Navajo Bridge Interpretive Center.
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Special Regulation: No overnight camping or pets are allowed in the Grand Canyon National Park portion of this hike. Collecting specimens of any kind (fossils, plants, reptiles, flowers, rocks, etc.) is prohibited.
For more information on this or other hikes in the Lees Ferry area, contact the Lees Ferry Rangers at: (928) 355-2234.
Did You Know?
Don't be a hood ornament. Bow-riding is dangerous and illegal; so is riding on transoms or gunwales.