U.S. 89A

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U.S. 89A begins at U.S. 89 in Bitter Springs, and travels north and west along the Vermillion Cliffs and Grand Staircase to Fredonia, AZ, then north to the Utah state line.

U.S. 89A is the former alignment of U.S. 89, and carried that shield from 1926 through 1959. In 1959, with the construction of Glen Canyon Dam, U.S. 89 was moved to it's present alignment through Page, leaving the former highway as U.S. 89A.

U.S. 89A is the Fredonia - Vermillion Cliffs Scenic Route. The road was designated a scenic highway in 1996.


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Reassurance marker for US 89A. Photo taken 09/25/11.
Distance sign to Jacob Lake and Fredonia, the two major control points on U.S. Highway 89A. The sign in the background shows mileage to the other three towns on the route, Marble Canyon, Vermillion Cliffs, and Cliff Dwellers. Photo taken 09/25/11.
Distance sign to Marble Canyon, Vermillion Cliffs and Cliff Dwellers. These "towns" are essentially lodges along the road. Photo taken 09/25/11.
Reassurance marker for US 89A. Photo taken 09/25/11.
U.S. Highway 89A is the Vermillion Cliffs scenic road. Photo taken 09/25/11.
US 89A travels along the Vermillion Cliffs. The Vermillion Cliffs mark the edge of the Navajo Sandstone layer of the Colorado Plateau. Photo taken 09/25/11.
US 89A travels along the Vermillion Cliffs. The Vermillion Cliffs mark the edge of the Colorado Plateau Photo taken 09/25/11.
US 89A descends slowly towards the Navajo Bridge, at 3,534 feet. Photo taken 09/25/11.
The Vermillion Cliffs have been protected as part of the new Vermillion Cliffs National Monument, administered by the Bureau of Land Management. Photo taken 09/25/11.
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US 89A is quite scenic as it travels along the Vermillion Cliffs. Photos taken 09/25/11.
Navajo Bridge
Distance to Lee's Ferry, one mile. Photo taken 09/25/11.
Distance sign to Vermillion Cliffs, Cliff Dwellers and Fredonia. Photo taken 09/25/11.
US 89A approaches the Navajo Bridge. There is a parking area on both sides of the bridge, as seen here. Photo taken 09/25/11.
The New Navajo Bridge opened in 1995 as a replacement for the original Navajo Bridge. Photo taken 06/22/07.
The new bridge has a similar design to the original 1929 bridge, but a wider bridge deck for improved safety and additional load-carrying capacity. Photo taken 06/22/07.
The new bridge is 150 feet south of the original bridge. This photo shows both bridges in relation to each other, with the new one on the right. Photo taken 09/25/11.
Looking northbound on the approach road to the old bridge. This bridge was built in 1929, before U.S. 89 was even paved, and was the first crossing of the Colorado River in northern Arizona. Photo taken 06/22/07.
Looking northbound at the end of the bridge while on the original bridge, now a pedestrian walkway. Notice the narrow width. Photo taken 06/22/07.
Looking southbound across the original bridge. Photo taken 06/22/07.
This is the view from the original bridge deck, facing southbound. Notice the terrain is less steep than it is facing northbound. Photo taken 06/22/07.
This construction plaque is placed on the north end of the bridge. As part of the construction of the new bridge, a visitors center was placed at the north end of the old bridge. Photo taken 06/22/07.
The Colorado River is 430 feet below the deck of the bridge, in a deep gorge. The only access point through this gorge is at Lees Ferry, located just north of the bridge. Photo taken 06/22/07.
Turn right for the Navajo Bridge Interpretive Center. The Center is a visitors center for the bridge, as well as the recreation lands around the bridge. Photo taken 09/25/11.
Turn right for Lee's Ferry. Lee's Ferry is the original crossing of the Colorado River at this site, and is now part of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. Lee's Ferry marks the northern edge of Grand Canyon National Park. Photo taken 09/25/11.
U.S. Highway 89A enters the small town of Marble Canyon. Marble Canyon is named after the canyon along the Colorado River (which U.S. 89A paralells), and is known for the Cliff Dwellers Lodge located in town. Photo taken 06/22/07.
The Bureau of Land Management has responsibility for the Arizona Strip lands along U.S. Highway 89A. Photo taken 06/22/07.
Distance sign to the town of Cliff Dwellers. Photo taken 09/24/11.
Distance sign to Jacob Lake, Fredonia, and Kanab, Utah. Photo taken 09/24/11.
U.S. Highway 89A parallels the Vermillion Cliffs all the way to Jacob Lake. Photo taken 09/24/11.
U.S. Highway 89A enters the town of Cliff Dwellers. This is the last small town reached before climbing up to Jacob Lake. Photo taken 09/24/11.
Distance sign to Jacob Lake (30 miles) and Fredonia (62 miles). Photo taken 09/24/11.
California Condors were re-released into the wild in the Vermillion Cliffs. The birds have taken well to their native habitat in Arizona. Photo taken 09/24/11.
Turn left for the San Bartolome Historic Site. This site discusses the history of the Arizona Strip and the Dominguez-Escalante expedition which explored this area. Photo taken 09/24/11.
US 89A travels through House Rock valley. The valley is named for two boulders that were used as a house by Mormon settlers. Photo taken 09/24/11.
Reassurance marker for Northbound US 89A. Photo taken 09/24/11.
US 89A meets House Rock here. House Rock is the site of a buffalo ranch, managed by the Arizona Department of Fish and Game. Photo taken 09/24/11.
Approaching the Kaibab National Forest, the path through an unnamed canyon up to the plateau is clearly visible. Photo taken 09/24/11.
US 89A enters the Kaibab National Forest. The Kaibab forest covers the Kaibab plateau, which is isolated from other forests in Arizona. Photo taken 09/24/11.
US 89A rapidly climbs up the Colorado Plateau through a series of sharp curves. Photo taken 09/24/11.
Sharp curves can be found as US 89A starts to climb in earnest. Photo taken 09/24/11.
US 89A travels up an unnamed canyon as it climbs towards the top of the Plateau. Photo taken 09/24/11.
As US 89A climbs in altitude, the pinyon juniper woodland replaces the sage scrub found at lower elevations. Photo taken 09/24/11.
US 89A travels through the Pinyon Juniper woodland common to the Colorado Plateau just below the Ponderosa Pine forest. Photo taken 09/24/11.
At 7000 feet in elevation, US 89A enters the Ponderosa Pine forest of the Kaibab Plateau. Photo taken 09/24/11.
Advance signage for US 67, 1/2 mile. Photo taken 09/24/11.
US 89A enters the "town" of Jacob Lake, located at the high point of the road (7.921 feet). Jacob Lake is home to the Jacob Lake Inn, which also houses a restaurant and gas station. This marks the last services found before entering Utah. Photo taken 09/24/11.
Turn left for the North Rim of the Grand Canyon and Arizona 67, or continue ahead for US 89A and Fredonia. Photo taken 09/24/11.



Photo Credits:

06/22/07, 09/24/11, 09/25/11 by Kevin Trinkle

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Page Updated 10-19-2011.