Frontier Children


Welcome to Glen Canyon National Recreation Area's webpage for Frontier Children. Not too long ago this very remote section of the United States was known far and wide as the "Wild West." In fact, many places in Glen Canyon are still extremely remote and the towns and small communities surrounding the park are few and far between. And how did these communities come to exist? Many of them, like the Lees Ferry Historic District along the Colorado River below Glen Canyon Dam, were formed by western settlers. We are indebted to the Native Americans, Mormon settlers, miners and cowboys who came before us for experiencing the joys and the hardships of this vast desert landscape as true pioneers. This webpage specifically acknowledges the cunning and resilient children of the southwest's history who used their experiences to shape what this region has become today. These experiences range from Malcolm Cummings-a 10 year old boy who traveled through canyon country on the 1909 Douglass-Cummings Expedition for the first discovery of Rainbow Bridge by Anglos-to the children of the Hole-in-the-Rock journey which led 250 Mormon settlers and 83 wagons to create a trail of switchbacks down a notch in a canyon cliff to cross the Colorado River and settle in Bluff, Utah.

As we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the state of Arizona in 2012, we invite you to join us in remembering the rich history of Glen Canyon through the eyes and minds of these children.

Last updated: March 19, 2015

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Mailing Address:

PO Box 1507
Page, AZ 86040


(928) 608-6200
Receptionist available at Glen Canyon Headquarters from 7 am to 4 pm MST, Monday through Friday. The phone is not monitored when the building is closed.

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