The Navajo Bridge is a beautiful National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark that spans the two cliffs on the edge of the Colorado River.

Navajo Bridge National Historical Civil Engineering Landmark sign
Navajo Bridge National Historical Civil Engineering Landmark sign

If you’re coming from Page, Arizona to the Lees Ferry Campground, you’ll pass over the bridge and see the visitor center right before you turn right into the Lees Ferry area on US 89A.

It’s a worthwhile stop to walk across the bridge and visit the Visitor Center on the border with Navajo land.

Navajo Bridge Visitor Center
Navajo Bridge Visitor Center

History of the Navajo Bridge

The bridge was constructed due to a pressing need for a reliable crossing over the Colorado River in the early 20th century.

Navajo Bridge
Navajo Bridge over the Colorado River

Previously, people needed to use ferries to cross the river, such as the nearby Lee Ferry near the Lonely Dell Ranch.

Before the bridge’s completion, crossing the river in this area was a hazardous undertaking. Travelers would need to find suitable crossing places or depend on ferry services to get across. The river’s changing conditions frequently made the crossing dangerous.

Bridge Completion

In 1929, the bridge changed everything. It provided a safe crossing and spurred development in the Southwest. It also connected communities once isolated from each other.

It’s actually a little misleading. It’s not just one bridge. There are two bridges: one for pedestrians and one for vehicles.

Navajo Bridge for pedestrians and vehicles
Two bridges: one for pedestrians and one for vehicles

Named in Honor of the Navajo Nation

The bridge is named in honor of the Navajo Nation.

The Navajo Bridge connects the northern and southern portions of the Navajo reservation.

Navajo Reservation sign
Navajo Reservation sign

By naming the bridge after the Navajo Nation, it acknowledges the significance of the land and people who have inhabited it for centuries.

See the Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness Area in northern New Mexico for additional land with significance for the Navajo people.

View from the Bridge

The view from the bridges is really spectacular as you can see the Colorado River passing right below.

View of Colorado River from Navajo Bridge
View of Colorado River from the bridge

Location of the Navajo Bridge

The Navajo Bridge is located south of Page, Arizona. See the Google Map below.

Final Thoughts

The Navajo Bridge stands as a remarkable feat of engineering set amidst stunning scenery.

Its cultural importance to the Navajo Nation adds another layer of significance.

To learn more about the Navajo Bridge, see the National Park Service’s webpage.

If you find yourself in the area, be sure to make a stop at the Visitor Center.