Spanning the scenic Marble Canyon, Navajo Bridge offers splendid views of the Colorado River cutting through the red-rock canyon. When the original structure opened in 1929 as the world's highest steel arch bridge, it eased access to this remote and rugged part of the country. Today, the new bridge, completed in 1995, serves vehicular traffic, while the old bridge remains open for pedestrians and equestrians only. The interpretive center on the west side provides information on the history and construction of the bridges, while on the east side you can buy Native American crafts. Use our Grand Canyon National Park trip planner to arrange your visit to Navajo Bridge and other attractions in Grand Canyon National Park.
Navajo Bridge Reviews
Really nice place to stop, relax, and enjoy the scenery. While we were there, we got to see a condor plus the beautiful canyon. Nice little gift shop and restrooms. Breath taking views of the canyon a... more »
Driving Highway 89A for the first time we were surprized to see two bridges crossing the Colorado River at this location. We pulled into the visitors centre and walked the length of the bridge each wa... more »
Absolutely gorgeous. Nice clean restrooms. Two parking areas. And an amazing view walking over the bridges. We were even able to see a baby condor. Definitely not for those who are scared of heights. Friends who were watching my videos got nauseous! And they weren't even there.
The first Navajo Bridge was completed at a location 4-miles downstream from Lee's Ferry and allowed for far more efficient travel crossing the Colorado River than the Ferry did. The original bridge was closed to vehicular traffic due to age and increased weight and opened only for pedestrian and equestrian use once the new bridge was opened in 1995. The new bridge was designed to look like the old one, only with increased load capabilities. The old bridge is gated off and is a peaceful, quiet way to observe the river 467 feet below. In 1981, the old Bridge was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 1998, the new Bridge was commemorated as a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark by ASCE. Look for the plaque on the rest stop side. There is ample free parking, an opportunity to shop some of the Navajo jewelry and craft items at the sheltered area, and across the bridge, there is a really nice clean and well kept restroom. Tour buses will stop here. We liked this place very much and found it a peaceful and quiet way to enjoy the river view.
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