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. U.S. 89 previously extended south of Flagstaff, continuing to Wickenburg, Phoenix and Tucson before ending at the Mexican Border in Nogales. That portion was eliminated at the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Route Numbering Committee meeting held June 14, 1992.1

Former U.S. 89 between Flagstaff and Mexico was supplanted by I-40 (Flagstaff to Ash Fork), SR 89 (Ash Fork to Wickenburg), U.S. 93 (Wickenburg), U.S. 60 (Wickenburg to Florence Junction), SR 79 (Florence Junction to Oracle Junction), SR 77 (Oracle Junction to Tucson), Business Loop I-19 (Tucson to Green Valley), and I-19 (Green Valley to Nogales).

U.S. 89 North
Just after splitting from I-40, US 89 meets Business Loop 40 here. This interchange was dramatically reconstructed around 2005. 10/25/08
Distance sign to the Grand Canyon, both South Rim and North Rim. 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. 10/25/08
Turn right for Silver Saddle Road and Koch Field. 10/25/08
Turn left for Kevins Way. This is the Arizona editor's favorite road sign, for obvious reasons. 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. 10/25/08
Advance signage for Sunset Crater National Monument, one mile. 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. 10/25/08
This is the highest point along US 89 in Arizona, at the top of the ridge between Humphries and Sunset Crater. 10/25/08
US 89 now enters a long descent into the Antelope Hills. 10/25/08
Distance sign to Gray Mountain and Page. US 89 now passes through the CO Bar Ranch, owned by the Babbitt Brothers. 10/25/08
Distance sign to the Grand Canyon, both South Rim (56 miles) and North Rim (172 miles). 10/25/08
US 89 reverts to an undivided highway ahead. 10/25/08
Advance signage for Wupatki National Monument, 1 mile. Wupatki preserves the remains of a Sinaguan dwelling. 10/25/08
Reassurance marker for US 89 northbound. 10/25/08
Distance sign to Gray Mountain and Page. 10/25/08
Leaving Gray Mountain, the next major junction is SR 64. 10/25/08
US 89 enters the small town of Cameron at this point, just before SR 64. 10/25/08
Advance signage for SR 64, 1/2 mile. 10/25/08
Continue ahead for Page, or turn on SR 64 to reach Grand Canyon National Park. 10/25/08
Continue ahead for the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, or turn left for the South Rim. 10/25/08
Turn left for SR 64 here. 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. 09/25/11
Distance sign to US 160 and Page, as seen in Cameron. 10/25/08
Distance sign for US 160 and Page. 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. 10/25/08
Distance sign to US 160 and Page, as seen when leaving Cameron. 09/25/11
US 89 crosses Moenkopi Wash. 10/25/08
Advance signage for US 160, 1/2 mile. 09/25/11
US 160 travels to Tuba City and Kayenta, through the Navajo Nation. 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. 09/25/11
Distance sign to Gap (17 miles) and Page (66 miles). 09/25/11
Headlight use is required all times of the day on US 89 between Cameron and Page. 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. 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. 09/25/11
US 89 enters the small settlement of Cedar Ridge, named for the nearby ridge. 09/25/11
Distance sign to US 89A and Page, north of Cedar Ridge. 09/25/11
Distance sign to US 89A and Page. US 89 is approaching Tanner Wash, named for a Mormon settler. 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. 09/25/11
Bitter Springs is a Navajo settlement. Supposedly the water is not bitter here, but we have not tasted it. 09/25/11
Advance signage for US 89A, 1/2 mile. 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. 09/25/11
Turn left for US 89A, or continue ahead on US 89 to Page. 09/25/11
View of Antelope Pass (just north of Bitter Springs) along U.S. 89 north as seen from the pull out. 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. 10/26/03
U.S. 89 South
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. 10/26/03
Brown information sign for Glen Canyon National Recreation Area along southbound immediately after passing the state line. 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. 10/26/03
Distance sign along southbound for Glen Canyon Dam and Page. The power plant smokestacks visible in the background are located east of Page off SR 98. 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. 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. 10/26/03
Southbound U.S. 89 approaching the Carl Hayden Visitors Center on the northwest approach to the bridge over the Colorado River. 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. 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. 10/26/03
After crossing the Colorado River, U.S. 89 south enters the city of Page. 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. 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. 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). 10/26/03
The next major intersection is with SR 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. 10/26/03
SR 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. 10/26/03
Southbound U.S. 89 at SR 98. There are no facilities at this intersection. U.S. 89 continues south toward the southern entrance of Grand Canyon National Park and Flagstaff. 10/26/03
View of U.S. 89 southbound as it passes along the Kabito Plateau before reaching Antelope Pass. 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. 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. 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. 10/26/03
View of southbound U.S. 89 as seen from the pullout on the downgrade from Antelope Pass. 10/26/03
Distance sign along southbound for Bitter Springs/U.S. 89 ALT, with Flagstaff as the control city (still another 112 miles south of here). 10/26/03
As U.S. 89 continues down from Antelope Pass, it approaches a runaway truck ramp. 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 (SR 67) and northwest to Fredonia (SR 389). Alternate U.S. 89 returns to U.S. 89 via Utah 11 in Kanab. 10/26/03
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U.S. 89 south at U.S. 89A. For travelers 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: I-8, Business Loop I-8 (Old U.S. 80), Imperial County Route S-24, I-10, SR 62/SR 95 Spur, I-40, SR 95, SR 163/SR 68, I-11/U.S. 93, U.S. 89A and U.S. 89. 10/26/03
At the time this photo was taken, lane markings were stripped away from the pavement in preparation for a repaving project. 0000
The next town of significance along southbound is The Gap, six miles south of the U.S. 89A intersection. 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. 10/26/03
Another set of power pylons carry electricity from the fossil fuel generation facilities of northeast Arizona/northwest New Mexico. 10/26/03
Southbound U.S. 89 approaching U.S. 160, one half mile. 10/26/03
Eastbound U.S. 160 leads to Tuba City, which is located ten miles east of here. Like SR 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. 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. 10/26/03
Distance 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 SR 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. 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. 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. 10/26/03
Southbound U.S. 89 approaching SR 64 in Cameron. 10/26/03
SR 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 SR 64/Southbound U.S. 180; in the opposite direction, the northern terminus of U.S. 180 is at its junction with SR 64). After U.S. 180 splits off to the southeast at Valle, SR 64 continues due south to meet Interstate 40/Business Loop I-40 at Williams (Exit 165). 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. 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. 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). 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. 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. 10/26/03
This magnificent vista is afforded on U.S. 89 south as it enters the national forest. 10/26/03
Southbound U.S. 89 reassurance shield within the national forest. 10/26/03
This distance 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. 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. 10/26/03
The Wupatki/Sunset Crater Scenic Loop (Indian Road 395) rejoins U.S. 89 at this intersection. 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. 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. 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). 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. 10/26/03
U.S. 89 scenes
View of the Wahweap Marina Road intersection (looking west) where it meets U.S. 89. 10/26/03
U.S. 89 Business 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. 10/26/03
View of the bridge, dam, and power substation as seen from the northbound business loop. 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. 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. 10/26/03
While the main intersection for SR 98 and U.S. 89 is the most direct route, the business route also connects to SR 89 as evidenced by this sign, which is located along southbound on the approach to downtown Page. 10/26/03
Southbound Business U.S. 89 at Coppermine Road in Page. 10/26/03
Glen Canyon Dam and Bridge
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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. 10/26/03
View of the Colorado River as seen from the Glen Canyon Dam. 10/26/03
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Operated by the Bureau of Reclamation, Glen Canyon Dam was built between 1960 and 1963. 10/26/03

  1. Official report from the AASHTO Route Numbering Committee meeting, June 13, 1992.

Photo Credits:

  • 10/26/03 by AARoads.
  • 10/25/08 by Kevin Trinkle.
  • 09/25/11 by Kevin Trinkle.

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U.S. 160

Page Updated 02-01-2004.

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