What to do and see in Marble Canyon, United States: The Best Places and Tips

September 20, 2017 Enedina Augsburger

Marble Canyon is a populated place in Coconino County, Arizona, United States. Marble Canyon is located on U.S. Route 89A at the Navajo Bridge, 12 miles (19 km) southwest of Page. Marble Canyon has a post office with ZIP code 86036. Marble Canyon is near Lee's Ferry, the former location of a ferry established by John D. Lee, a Mormon settler. It is often used by people entering the Colorado River for fishing and rafting trips.
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1. Vermillion Cliffs Scenic Highway

Highway 89A, Marble Canyon, AZ
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4.5 based on 129 reviews

Vermillion Cliffs Scenic Highway

Reviewed By fay m

We drove from St. George to Page, Arizona taking the 89A. The scenery were breathtaking throughout the drive! We stopped at the lookout to see the grand staircase in the far distance. Although it was a cloudy day with a bit of haze, the different color steps where still very obvious. We were able to see the red, white, and gray tones at the vista point. By the time we reached the vermillion cliffs, the clouds rolled in and made the landscape look spectacular. Too bad it was raining when we reached the cliff dwelling site, so we only looked at the mushroom rocks from the car. We stopped and walked on the Navajo bridge. We were very fortunate to have spotted three condors on the nearby cliffs. The kids were so excited to see them soar. We shot a couple of video clips of the magnificent creatures and the kids still "ooh-ahh" about it after the trip. We highly recommend this highway!

2. Horseshoe Bend

Mile Marker 545, Highway 89, Page, AZ 86040 +1 928-608-6200
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4.5 based on 10 reviews

Horseshoe Bend

Horseshoe Bend is the intimate Grand Canyon experience (although technically located in Glen Canyon.) The trailhead to this 3/4 mile hike is located just outside of Page, Arizona. It overlooks one of the most spectacular views on the Colorado River, 4 miles south of the Glen Canyon Dam, and 7 miles north of mile zero of the Grand Canyon.

Reviewed By John S - Saint Clair, Michigan

Found this place on TripAdvisor and thought about giving it a shot to watch the sunset. When we showed up, the parking lot was full and cars were parked on the shoulder way up the road. So I guess the secret's out on this one. We skipped it that night and came back the next morning. It was crowded again, but not as bad. We walked out to the overlook area and there were a lot of people there, but it was worth it. In April 2018 they were working on making a railing / walkway on the edge, but there was plenty of area to look around. There were a lot of people there because it was easy access and a short walk and the views were phenomenal.

3. Outdoors Unlimited Grand Canyon Rafting

Marble Canyon, AZ
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5 based on 76 reviews

Outdoors Unlimited Grand Canyon Rafting

Sharing the Grand Canyon experience with you since 1969, Outdoors Unlimited offers the best in paddle and oar boat rafting adventures. Rafting the Grand Canyon offers a phenomenal variety of vistas, camps, waterfalls, rapids, side canyons, archaeological ruins, and other attraction sites to enjoy and explore. Allowing time to visit these places is the essence of every Outdoors Unlimited Grand Canyon Rafting trip. Our paddle and oar powered whitewater trips take a minimum of 13 days to traverse all 240 miles of the Colorado River through Grand Canyon National Park down to Lake Mead. Recognizing that you may not have time to do a Full Canyon Trip we offer the opportunity to do either the Upper Canyon or Lower Canyon. We also offer Paddle Trip options as well as Extended Spring & Fall trips.

Reviewed By pwkenn - Chevy Chase, Maryland

The guides of Outdoors Unlimited that we had on our five day Grand Canyon rafting trip over Memorial Day, 2016 were absolutely the best; I loved everyone one of them, led by Ben Fadeley, with Morgan Clayton, Travis Lamb, and Carl Rice, and last but not least, Josh Bruner and Kevin Muller. These folks made the trip, since the Grand Canyon is there, everyone gets that blessing, it always gets and deserves the top rating, one of the most beautiful and instructive places on earth'; the guides showed us the Canyon and River and the history of our earth it reveals, in the best possible ways.

4. Old Cliff Dwellers Lodge (Blanche Russell Rock House)

89A between Jacob Lake and Bitter Springs, Marble Canyon, AZ 86036 +1 928-355-2261
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4.5 based on 43 reviews

Old Cliff Dwellers Lodge (Blanche Russell Rock House)

Reviewed By travelwriter52 - Conyers, GA

According to the story, Blanche Russell broke down on the way to Utah and decided to stay. She built her house out of rocks and later a successful business selling food which eventually became a restaurant and gas station. Now abandoned, the remaning little rock houses causes wonder to those who pass by.

5. Carl Hayden Visitor Center at Glen Canyon Dam

Glen Canyon Dam, Marble Canyon, AZ 86036 +1 928-608-6404
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4 based on 51 reviews

Carl Hayden Visitor Center at Glen Canyon Dam

Reviewed By karenpammy2016 - San Francisco, California

During the summer months, it is absolutely very hot here-- was 107 degrees during the 2nd week of July when we visited. Well worth a detour on the way up or down Arizona. You can walk over to the right side in back of the Visitor Center and view the Glen Canyon Bridge. Inside the air-conditioned building with security guards, there are many nice scheduled videos on the building of the Glen Canyon Dam. We saw the "Standing Tall" - describes in detail how the dam was constructed and "Desert Oasis"-- describes the life around the Glen Canyon area. There are many great displays in the Visitor Center that illustrate and explain how the dam was built , what was used to build it, and there are windows from the Visitor Center that you may view out to Lake Powell. Guided tours of the Glen Canyon dam are available with a nominal fee which they walk you down to the dam. It was cancelled the day we visited due to the intense heat as it was too hot to walk outside-- they refund you if that occurs.

Excellent place to cool off as it is air conditioned inside. Also a nice gift shop and restrooms as well. Be sure to walk around in the back to see the Glen Canyon Bridge and Lake Powell from a different perspective.

6. Kayak the Colorado

Lodge Loop Rd, Marble Canyon, AZ 86036
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Kayak the Colorado

We have a large selection of kayaks canoes fishing boats and stand up paddle boards. We also do guided fishing trips and offer a Bach haul service to the dam with kayaks,canoes,paddle boards and some other small vessels.

Reviewed By Tom S - Vernon, Canada

Joe and Jenna gave us great service from the first phone call to the finish. Great value and a great bucket list experience for us. Joe was on time and proficient with his boat. The canoe was perfect for an overnight trip. Jenna knew the...MoreThanks guys for that review and the advice glad you enjoyed the Colorado river

7. Vermilion Cliffs National Monument

Route 89A, Page, AZ +1 928-691-1047
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4.5 based on 203 reviews

Vermilion Cliffs National Monument

Reviewed By lanceo53

Vermilion Cliffs National Monument is this incredibly long (east-west) geologic feature that more or less parallels Highway 89A in far north-central Arizona. And as the name suggests, the feature is an earthen red color...these are the Vermilion Cliffs.

Pretty straightforward, all you gotta do is simply drive Highway 89A and enjoy the beauty...Enjoy !!!

8. Northern Arizona Guide Service

1 Honeymoon trail Rd, Right Off of Hwy 89 a, Marble Canyon, AZ 86036 +1 928-719-1048
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Northern Arizona Guide Service

World class trout fishing, Lees Ferry, Arizona Guide Mike Roth invites you to join him for trout fishing on the crystal clear waters of the Colorado River some fly fishing & Spin-fishing trips for ALL ages / Groups Large & Small / Corporate Trips Available.

Reviewed By BonnieKa - Austin, Texas

I don't fish very often, but with Mike as my guide, I caught beautiful trout all day long! First person in the boat to catch a fish! I do not like to touch fish or take them off the hook- Mike to the rescue! We fished on the Colorado River stretch below the dam, and around Horseshoe Bend. Many times, I put my pole down to just sit and enjoy the STUNNING scenery. Caught fish all day long. No dull moments. For all the girls reading this review, YES, there are clean bathrooms that are available. It's the little things that mean so much! Lunch was good too- I ate a giant meaty sandwich with lots of cold drinks. We had a group of 4 and will be repeat customers for our next trip.

9. Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

691 Scenic View Drive, Page, AZ 86040 +1 928-608-6200
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4.5 based on 701 reviews

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

The beautiful park surrounding the immense Lake Powell.

Reviewed By 510dele - Georgetown, Texas

Page, AZ is basically truly in the middle of nowhere . . . unless you grasp the overwhelming reality of everything that surrounds you for hundreds of miles in any direction. Horseshoe Bend, Antelope Canyon are just some of remarkable wonders reflecting the power of Colorado River over the last few millennia. It takes a short drive to get to any particular area. Then it may require a healthy walk, over sand, uneven ground, uphill, downhill, on sand and rock to arrive at a rock overlook which provides the view seen in the picture. At that point your vertigo might kick in . . . but don't be dismayed, you don't need to hang over some precipice just because the kids do it.
Here is the issue: Can you "do" several football fields of walking in that kind of terrain? That would be an important decision. There is no place where it gets easier or better. What you face from the free and spacious parking lot is what you will have to traverse - just more over the hill.
Worth it? We think so, as do thousands of others who are walking the trail. The gradeur of the setting is beyond grasp. It fits all that comprises Glen Canyon recreation area.
Learn about the geology before you get to Page. It will enrich your understanding and the beauty of what nature has done with the land. I think the word is "awesome".

10. Lees Ferry Anglers

Mile Post 541. 5 North Highway 89 a, Marble Canyon, AZ 86036
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4.5 based on 39 reviews

Lees Ferry Anglers

Reviewed By stein525 - Las Vegas, Nevada

Several of us from a fly fishing club in Las Vegas got together for an outing to Lee's Ferry, Arizona. One of the members in the party set up guides and boats for a day of fishing on the Colorado below Glen Canyon Dam.

We met the guides at the landing at the appointed time and they were ready to go. We went upstream to a gravel bar that the guides had selected. We spent the entire day in that location. Everyone in the party caught multiple fish. There were five folks in the party and we had two guides. The guides worked with each of us and were excellent. Both knew the waters extraordinarily well and are quite willing to share their knowledge. For example, we were advised that scuds and midges were the only aquatic food available to the fish, so the guides set up our rigs with scud and midge nymph imitations. They also provided great advice on how to most effectively fish the two nymph set up. Everyone in the party agreed that there are very happy with Dale and Tyson, the guides provided by Lee's Ferry Anglers. I plan to use their services again in the near future.

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