"The Little Colorado River Gorge" Arizona Things to Do Tip by toonsarah

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  Little Colorado River Gorge
by toonsarah

The Grand Canyon was created by the Colorado River, carving its way through the rock over many millennia. And even outside the National Park?s boundaries there are several places where you can be awed by this power of water. One of these is the Little Colorado River Gorge Overlook. A tributary of the Colorado River, the Little Colorado River has carved its own canyon which contrasts somewhat with its bigger brother just up the road, but is worth a stop to view nevertheless. Its steep cliffs are a uniform grey/brown in colour, very different from the vivid reds of the Grand Canyon, and drop abruptly from the flat plateau through which the gorge runs. At its base is the river itself ? a vivid blue in the summer and at other times of the year a rusty red, stained by the minerals of the surrounding rocks.

The Little Colorado River Gorge is on the Navajo Reservation and is administered as a Tribal Park. The main overlook is on AZ Hwy 64 (between mileposts 285 & 286), with another a few miles away near milepost 281. Both are equipped with picnic tables and fireplaces, and frequented by local Navajo craftspeople selling jewellery and other goods. For hikers there are several trails (starting at parking lots on Hwy 64) that lead to the bottom of the Gorge.

Directions: Hwy 89 crosses the gorge just north of the Cameron Trading Post but to reach the overlooks turn on to Hwy 64

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  • Written Mar 17, 2010
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