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Hite Crossing Bridge, Blanding

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The Hite Crossing Bridge is an arch bridge that carries Utah State Route 95 across the Colorado River northwest of Blanding, Utah, United States. The bridge informally marks the upstream limit of Lake Powell and the end of Cataract Canyon of the Colorado River, but when the lake is at normal water elevation, the water can back up over upstream into Cataract Canyon. The bridge is the only automobile bridge spanning the Colorado River between the Glen Canyon Bridge, downstream near the Glen Canyon Dam and the U.S. Route 191 bridge upstream near Moab. The bridge is near Hite Marina on Lake Powell, and a small airstrip is immediately adjacent to the north side of the bridge.
The Colorado River served as a major barrier to early settlers and explorers of the region. In 1880 a prospector named Cass Hite established a ford near the mouth of the Dirty Devil River, downstream from the present-day bridge location. This ford, named "Dandy Crossing", served as one of the few locations in the region where travelers could cross the Colorado River. The settlement that formed at the crossing location took the name of its founder, Hite. In 1946, a settler named Arthur Chaffin constructed an automobile ferry using an old car engine and a thick steel cable to hold it in place. The ferry operated for 20 years, before the rising waters of Lake Powell inundated the settlement of Hite.
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  • Highway 95 is one of the great Test road sections in the United States. Here are many exciting and not so overloaded places along the way. One of the little sights is the Hite Crossing bridge over the Colorado River. Make a short stop and see the bridge and river.
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  • It was a treat to see water here. The area is parched and showcases the power of water in a landscape primarily defined by its absence. There is a sand parking area on the north end of the bridge. UT ...  more »
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  • It was a treat to see water here. The area is parched and showcases the power of water in a landscape primarily defined by its absence. There is a sand parking area on the north end of the bridge. UT St. Hwy. 95 is the route that crosses here and it is usually uncrowded. So it was nice to park and walk out onto the bridge (there is a narrow walking area) and listen to the stillness as the brown Colorado flows quietly under the bridge. It is moving quickly but it is spent from the Cataract Canyon further up stream. It's bright, hot, and dry here and the area shows this, except for the green around at the edges of the water. The bridge is almost a surprise and has a dramatic span.
  • We stopped and walked around the area. It's a fun stop and loved being able to check it out. This is worth the stop

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