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U.S. Highway 89

Beginning near Flagstaff and continuing north past the Grand Canyon and Glen Canyon, U.S. 89 provides a scenic route into the national parks of Northern Arizona and Southern Utah. Prior to 1989, U.S. 89 used to extend south of Flagstaff, continuing to Phoenix and Tucson before terminating at the Mexican Border in Nogales. However, that route was replaced by Arizona 89, U.S. 93, U.S. 60, Arizona 77, Arizona 79, Business Loop I-19, and Interstate 19.

Perspective from Northbound U.S. 89
Just after splitting from I-40, US 89 meets Business Loop 40 here. This interchange was dramatically reconstructed around 2005. Photo taken 10/25/08.
Distance sign to the Grand Canyon, both South Rim and North Rim. Photo taken 10/25/08.
Leaving Flagstaff proper, we see this distance sign for Gray Mountain and Page, as well as a sign for the Grand Canyon. Photo taken 10/25/08.
Turn right for Silver Saddle Road and Koch Field. Photo taken 10/25/08.
Turn left for Kevins Way. This is the Arizona editor's favorite road sign, for obvious reasons. Photo taken 10/25/08.
Distance sign to Gray Mountain and Page. US 89 is starting to climb up to the saddle between Sunset Crater and Mount Humphries. Photo taken 10/25/08.
Advance signage for Sunset Crater National Monument, one mile. Photo taken 10/25/08.

Turn right for Sunset Crater. The crater was added to the National Park system in 1930 after Hollywood planned to blow the crater up for a movie. Photo taken 10/25/08.
This is the highest point along US 89 in Arizona, at the top of the ridge between Humphries and Sunset Crater. Photo taken 10/25/08.
US 89 now enters a long descent into the Antelope Hills. Photo taken 10/25/08.
Distance sign to Gray Mountain and Page. US 89 now passes through the CO Bar Ranch, owned by the Babbitt Brothers. Photo taken 10/25/08.
Distance sign to the Grand Canyon, both South Rim (56 miles) and North Rim (172 miles). Photo taken 10/25/08.
US 89 reverts to an undivided highway ahead. Photo taken 10/25/08.
Advance signage for Wupatki National Monument, 1 mile. Wupatki preserves the remains of a Sinaguan dwelling. Photo taken 10/25/08.
Reassurance marker for US 89 northbound. Photo taken 10/25/08.
Distance sign to Gray Mountain and Page. Photo taken 10/25/08.
Leaving Gray Mountain, the next major junction is Arizona 64. Photo taken 10/25/08.
US 89 enters the small town of Cameron at this point, just before Arizona 64. Photo taken 10/25/08.
Advance signage for Arizona 64, 1/2 mile. Photo taken 10/25/08.
Continue ahead for Page, or turn on Arizona 64 to reach Grand Canyon National Park. Photo taken 10/25/08.
Continue ahead for the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, or turn left for the South Rim. Photo taken 10/25/08.
Turn left for Arizona 64 here. Photo taken 10/25/08.
US 89 enters the town of Cameron. The Cameron trading post dates back to the early 20th century. Cameron itself is named for former State Senator Ralph Cameron, who built the Bright Angel Trail in the Grand Canyon. Photo taken 09/25/11.
Distance sign to US 160 and Page, as seen in Cameron. Photo taken 10/25/08.
Distance sign for US 160 and Page. Photo taken 09/25/11.
US 89 approaches the Little Colorado River here. The bridge to the left dates back to 1912, as the first suspension bridge across the River. It is now used for pipelines. Photo taken 10/25/08.
Distance sign to US 160 and Page, as seen when leaving Cameron. Photo taken 09/25/11.
US 89 crosses Moenkopi Wash. Photo taken 10/25/08.
Advance signage for US 160, 1/2 mile. Photo taken 09/25/11.
US 160 travels to Tuba City and Kayenta, through the Navajo Nation. Photo taken 09/25/11.
Turn right for Tuba City, or continue ahead for Page. The majority of the traffic on US 89 turns onto US 160 at this point. Photo taken 09/25/11.
Distance sign to Gap (17 miles) and Page (66 miles). Photo taken 09/25/11.
Headlight use is required all times of the day on US 89 between Cameron and Page. Photo taken 09/25/11.
US 89 enters The Gap here. The Gap is a small settlement centered around a gap in the Echo Cliffs. Limited copper mining happened here in the early 20th century. Photo taken 09/25/11.
US 89 meets Indian Route 20. Indian Route 20 is the original dirt road up to Page, and was used during the early days of construction of Glen Canyon Dam. Photo taken 09/25/11.
US 89 enters the small settlement of Cedar Ridge, named for the nearby ridge. Photo taken 09/25/11.
Distance sign to US 89A and Page, north of Cedar Ridge. Photo taken 09/25/11.
Distance sign to US 89A and Page. US 89 is approaching Tanner Wash, named for a Mormon settler. Photo taken 09/25/11.
The Echo Cliffs can be seen in the distance. The Echo Cliffs are a barrier to travel, which is why the old Honeymoon Trail/US 89 went around them until 1959. Photo taken 09/25/11.
Bitter Springs is a Navajo settlement. Supposedly the water is not bitter here, but we have not tasted it. Photo taken 09/25/11.
Advance signage for US 89A, 1/2 mile. Photo taken 09/25/11.
US 89A is the former mainline of US 89, renumbered in 1959. The road travels through Jacob Lake and meets up with US 89 in Kanab. Photo taken 09/25/11.
Turn left for US 89A, or continue ahead on US 89 to Page. Photo taken 09/25/11.
View of Antelope Pass (just north of Bitter Springs) along U.S. 89 north as seen from the pull out. Photo taken 10/26/03.
Northbound U.S. 89 at the Glen Canyon Dam/Carl Hayden visitors Center. The free parking lot is the staging area for dam tours as well as a walk on the sidewalk over the Colorado River bridge adjacent to Glen Canyon Dam. Photo taken 10/26/03.
Perspective from Southbound U.S. 89
After traveling east since leaving Kanab 60 miles ago, U.S. 89 finally turns south to leave the Beehive State of Utah and enter the Grand Canyon State of Arizona. U.S. 89 is already within the Lake Mead National Recreation Area as it crosses the state line. This picture shows the first U.S. 89 shield along southbound. Photo taken 10/26/03.
Brown information sign for Glen Canyon National Recreation Area along southbound immediately after passing the state line. Photo taken 10/26/03.
The first intersection along southbound leads southeast to the Wahweap Marina, which includes a boat ramp to Lake Powell, which is held back by the Glen Canyon Dam. Photo taken 10/26/03.
Mileage sign along southbound for Glen Canyon Dam and Page. The power plant smokestacks visible in the background are located east of Page off Arizona 98. Photo taken 10/26/03.
This view of U.S. 89 approaching Glen Canyon Dam is somewhat deceptive. The dam is actually located to the left of the red-brown hill in the canyon. The city of Page is located where the green areas are on the hillside. Photo taken 10/26/03.
The Wahweap Marina Loop Road returns to U.S. 89 just north of Glen Canyon Dam. The marina is approximately five miles north of this intersection. Photo taken 10/26/03.
Southbound U.S. 89 approaching the Carl Hayden Visitors Center on the northwest approach to the bridge over the Colorado River. Photo taken 10/26/03.
View of power line towers that carry power lines from the turbines situated at the base of the dam on the floor of the canyon to the top of the canyon. The Glen Canyon Dam, just like the Hoover Dam to the southwest, provides power to people all across the west. Photo taken 10/26/03.
Southbound U.S. 89 at the entrance to the Carl Hayden Visitors Center. Free parking for the free, hour-long dam tours is available at this turnoff. In addition, motorists may park for stellar views of the bridge, dam, lake, and canyon. Photo taken 10/26/03.
After crossing the Colorado River, U.S. 89 south enters the city of Page. Photo taken 10/26/03.
While the mainline remains to the west of downtown Page, a business route connects U.S. 89 to the city center to the east. Photo taken 10/26/03.
The business loop promptly returns to U.S. 89 only a mile or two southern of its northern terminus. Note that the business loop is not signed as a bannered business route; this is because it is not state maintained. Photo taken 10/26/03.
After leaving Page, U.S. 89 passes several power lines that connects with the power generation station at the dam and the fossil fuel plants to the northeast. The next town is Bitter Springs, where U.S. 89 rejoins Alternate U.S. 89. U.S. 89 is now within the Navajo Indian Reservation (sometimes referred to as the Navajo Nation). U.S. 89 passes through the western edge of the Navajo Indian Reservation; most of the reservation occupies the northeastern corner of Arizona and northwestern portion of New Mexico (including the towns of Kayenta, Teec Nos Pos, Mexican Water, and Four Corners). Photo taken 10/26/03.
The next major intersection is with Arizona 98. Arizona 98 begins just south of Page and heads southeast to meet U.S. 160 in the Hopi Indian Reservation. U.S. 160 continues northeast to the Four Corners, where the states of Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona meet at one common point. In addition, U.S. 160 meets the western terminus of U.S. 64 in Teec Nos Pos, which is one of the longest U.S. routes. Photo taken 10/26/03.
Arizona 98 does not enter any cities along its route, so it is signed for Kayenta, a town located at the junction of U.S. 160 and U.S. 163 in northeastern Arizona, some 99 miles east of here. While much of this land is Indian Reservation, there are not many cities along the way. Photo taken 10/26/03.
Southbound U.S. 89 at Junction Arizona 98. There are no facilities at this intersection. U.S. 89 continues south toward the southern entrance of Grand Canyon National Park and Flagstaff. Photo taken 10/26/03.
View of U.S. 89 southbound as it passes along the Kabito Plateau before reaching Antelope Pass. Photo taken 10/26/03.
U.S. 89 reaches Antelope Pass approximately 20 miles south of Page. These signs warn motorists to slow down as they pass into the first curves in the road since leaving Page. Photo taken 10/26/03.
Antelope Pass rises to an elevation of 6,533 feet, and U.S. 89 crosses the pass through this narrow cut before beginning its descent to Bitter Springs. Photo taken 10/26/03.
This stunning view is afforded from a pullout on the downgrade from Antelope Pass along southbound. The Vermillion Cliffs National Monument is visible as well as the canyons of the Colorado River and Kaibab National Forest. Photo taken 10/26/03.
View of southbound U.S. 89 as seen from the pullout on the downgrade from Antelope Pass. Photo taken 10/26/03.
Mileage sign along southbound for Bitter Springs/Junction Alternate U.S. 89, with Flagstaff as the control city (still another 112 miles south of here). Photo taken 10/26/03.
As U.S. 89 continues down from Antelope Pass, it approaches a runaway truck ramp. Photo taken 10/26/03.
Now at the bottom of the hill, U.S. 89 approaches Alternate U.S. 89 (U.S. 89A). U.S. 89A follows the original alignment of U.S. 89 between Kanab, Utah, and Bitter Springs, Arizona, before the current alignment of U.S. 89 was constructed through Page in the late 1950s. U.S. 89A leads north from here to cross the Colorado River at Marble Canyon, then continues west to Jacob Lake (Junction Arizona 67) and northwest to Fredonia (Junction Arizona 389). Alternate U.S. 89 returns to U.S. 89 via Utah 11 in Kanab. Photo taken 10/26/03.
Southbound U.S. 89 approaching U.S. 89A, right lane. Even if you are headed to Flagstaff, it is worth the detour to take U.S. 89A north to Marble Canyon to see the bridge over the Colorado River. That bridge is one of a handful of bridges (and driveable dams) that span the Colorado River in Arizona; the crossings include from south to north: Interstate 8, Business Loop I-8/Old U.S. 80, Imperial County Route S-24, Interstate 10, California 62/Arizona 95 Spur, Interstate 40, Arizona 95, Nevada 163/Arizona 68, U.S. 93, U.S. 89A, and U.S. 89. Photos taken 10/26/03.
At the time this photo was taken, lane markings were stripped away from the pavement in preparation for a repaving project. Photo taken 12/31/69.
The next town of significance along southbound is The Gap, six miles south of the U.S. 89A intersection. Photo taken 10/26/03.
Due to the abundance of power generation facilities in northeast Arizona, many power pylons criss-cross the area traversed by U.S. 89. This mileage indicates that the next intersection of significance is U.S. 160, which is 17 miles. Photo taken 10/26/03.
Another set of power pylons carry electricity from the fossil fuel generation facilities of northeast Arizona/northwest New Mexico. Photo taken 10/26/03.
Southbound U.S. 89 approaching U.S. 160, one-half mile. Photo taken 10/26/03.
Eastbound U.S. 160 leads to Tuba City, which is located ten miles east of here. Like Arizona 98, U.S. 160 heads to Kayenta and Monument Valley via U.S. 163. U.S. 160 meets U.S. 191 in Mexican Water and U.S. 64 in Teec Nos Pos before exiting Arizona. Photo taken 10/26/03.
U.S. 160 is a very long U.S. route that crosses the Rocky Mountains via southern Colorado, then continues east across the Great Plains state of Kansas en route to southern Missouri. U.S. 160 ends just shy of the Mississippi River in Poplar Bluff. Its western terminus is here at U.S. 89; the Grand Canyon essentially ends its southwesterly trajectory. Photo taken 10/26/03.
Mileage sign along southbound for the next town of significance, which is Cameron. Cameron is located just north of the intersection between U.S. 89 and Arizona 64, which leads west to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. While traversing this stretch, look east of the modern highway to spot the original alignment of U.S. 89 as well as some old bridges and culverts. Photo taken 10/26/03.
An old bridge that used to carry U.S. 89 over the Little Colorado River is visible on the west side of modern U.S. 89. Photo taken 10/26/03.
The new bridge carrying U.S. 89 over the Little Colorado River closely parallels the old bridge that used to carry U.S. 89. The old suspension bridge dates back to 1938, and is now used to carry pipelines. Photo taken 10/26/03.
Southbound U.S. 89 approaching Junction Arizona 64 in Cameron. Photo taken 10/26/03.
Arizona 64 is an odd state route; beginning here in Cameron, it heads west to the Grand Canyon National Park, passing by the Tusayan Ruin and Museum before reaching the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Turning south, Arizona 64 picks up U.S. 180 at the southern entrance to the Grand Canyon National Park and Valle (the duplex is only signed on westbound Arizona 64/Southbound U.S. 180; in the opposite direction, the northern terminus of U.S. 180 is at its junction with Arizona 64). After U.S. 180 splits off to the southeast at Valle, Arizona 64 continues due south to meet Interstate 40/Business Loop I-40 at Williams (Exit 165). Photo taken 10/26/03.
The next town of significance along southbound U.S. 89 is Gary Mountain, which is the first town after leaving the Navajo Indian Reservation. Photo taken 10/26/03.
Now south of both the Navajo Indian Reservation and Gray Mountain, U.S. 89 meets Indian Road 395, which provides a scenic loop from U.S. 89 east into Wupatki National Monument then southwest to Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument. Indian Road 395 rejoins U.S. 89 in the Coconino National Forest ten miles north of Flagstaff. This loop tour is well worth the trip, as it passes through old lava flows, forest, and Indian ruins. Note that U.S. 89 has widened out to four lanes; it will remain at least this wide for the remainder of its route to Flagstaff. Photo taken 10/26/03.
As it ascends into the Coconino National Forest, U.S. 89 becomes a divided highway with four lanes. The Sunset Crater Volcano is visible on the horizon to the southeast (to the left in this picture). Photo taken 10/26/03.
The other mountain that dominates the view of U.S. 89 along this stretch is Humphreys Peak, which at 12,633 feet is the highest point in Arizona. Skiing and hiking are available seasonally on this mountain, which sits in the heart of Coconino National Forest and is accessible via U.S. 180 north of Flagstaff. Photo taken 10/26/03.
Southbound U.S. 89 enters the Coconino National Forest almost as soon as U.S. 89 passes by its first tree as it continues to gain elevation en route to its summit. Photo taken 10/26/03.
This magnificent vista is afforded on U.S. 89 south as it enters the national forest. Photo taken 10/26/03.
Southbound U.S. 89 reassurance shield within the national forest. Photo taken 10/26/03.
This mileage sign along U.S. 89 southbound is the first one that mentions Interstate 40, which is only 12 miles south of here. U.S. 89 culminates its southerly journey at Interstate 40; Interstate 17 continues south to carry U.S. 89 traffic to Sedona, Phoenix, Tucson, and Nogales. The old route of U.S. 89 was eliminated south of Flagstaff. Photo taken 10/26/03.
Now reaching its summit of 7,276 feet, U.S. 89 descends slightly and turns southwest to reach its final destination, Flagstaff. Photo taken 10/26/03.
The Wupatki/Sunset Crater Scenic Loop (Indian Road 395) rejoins U.S. 89 at this intersection. Photo taken 10/26/03.
In this scene after Indian Road 395, U.S. 89 gains a turn lane in the center. The rural sense of this highway is changing to suburban. Photo taken 10/26/03.
Now well within the urban sprawl northeast of Flagstaff, U.S. 89 approaches Business Loop I-40, which provides access to Interstates 40 and 17. U.S. 89 comes to its end at Business Loop I-40. Photo taken 10/26/03.
The overpass here carries the business loop from the old alignment of U.S. 66 south to Interstate 40. U.S. 89 ends here, as the highway ahead is Business Loop I-40/Historic U.S. 66 and the overpass is signed as eastbound Business Loop I-40 (even though it is signed as northbound U.S. 89/westbound Business Loop I-40 in the other direction). Photo taken 10/26/03.
Without any fanfare or "END" shields, U.S. 89 more or less disappears once it reaches the business loop. The main lanes for U.S. 89 continue straight ahead into Flagstaff while the right lane exits onto eastbound Business Loop I-40, which is signed for "To Interstate 40 and Interstate 17" on this sign at the gore point. The overhead sign in the distance used to have a U.S. 89 shield until 1989, when it was truncated to this point. Photo taken 10/26/03.
Other U.S. 89 Pictures
View of the Wahweap Marina Road intersection (looking west) where it meets U.S. 89. Photo taken 10/26/03.
Business Loop U.S. 89 in Page
The Business Loop through Page for U.S. 89 is not state maintained and is therefore not signed as a state facility. Maps show the route as "Business U.S. 89," "Business Loop U.S. 89," or "Loop U.S. 89." This picture shows northbound Business U.S. 89 as it approaches its junction with U.S. 89 just west of the town center and southeast of the dam. Photo taken 10/26/03.
View of the bridge, dam, and power substation as seen from the northbound business loop. Photo taken 10/26/03.
Business U.S. 89 comes to its end at this intersection with U.S. 89 west of downtown Page and southeast of Glen Canyon Dam. Photo taken 10/26/03.
U.S. 89 north leads to the dam and Utah; U.S. 89 south leads to U.S. 160, Grand Canyon National Park, and Flagstaff. Photo taken 10/26/03.
While the main intersection for Arizona 98 and U.S. 89 is the most direct route, the business route also connects to Arizona 89 as evidenced by this sign, which is located along southbound on the approach to downtown Page. Photo taken 10/26/03.
Southbound Business U.S. 89 at Coppermine Road in Page. Photo taken 10/26/03.
Pictures of Glen Canyon Dam and Bridge
These pictures show various perspectives of the U.S. 89 bridge over Glen Canyon, as seen from the dam as well as from the visitors center parking lot and nearby vistas. The bridge plaque, which is located on the deck of the Glen Canyon Dam, indicates the bridge was constructed in phases between 1957 and 1959. Once complete, U.S. 89 was rerouted from its old alignment via U.S. 89A and moved onto this routing through Page. Photos taken 10/26/03.
View of the Colorado River as seen from the Glen Canyon Dam. Photo taken 10/26/03.
This suite of photos showcases the Glen Canyon Dam itself, was which built between 1960 and 1963. Glen Canyon Dam is operated by the Bureau of Reclamation. Photos taken 10/26/03.

Photo Credits:
  • 2003-10-26 by AARoads.
  • 2008-10-25 by Kevin Trinkle.
  • 2011-09-25 by Kevin Trinkle.

Connect with:
Interstate 40
U.S. Highway 89A
U.S. Highway 160

Page Updated 02-01-2004.

 
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