Arizona April 10, 2019
One Of The World’s Best Bridge Observatories Is Right Here In Arizona And It’s Bucket List Worthy
Arizona is home to a wide variety of bridges. Some are
covered, others are part of hiking trails, and still others have bizarre stories behind them. This one bridge differs from all the rest – not only due to its location over the breathtaking Colorado River, but also because of its rich history. Check it out:
Spanning Glen Canyon, Navajo Bridge is one of just seven land crossings on the Colorado River. Representing both natural and cultural history, this landmark is a must-visit for anyone traveling between Bitter Springs and Jacob Lake.
You'll find it at U.S. Highway 89 A, Marble Canyon, AZ 86036.
Can you tell which bridge is older?
This isn't a trick question - they’re strikingly similar… but nearly seven decades separate their construction. The one on the right is the more modern of the pair.
Pioneers from Utah began building the original Navajo Bridge in 1927; however, as vehicles became heavier, it was clear that a sturdier foundation was needed to accommodate the added weight. Its bigger twin was constructed 68 years after the original.
Today, pedestrians can use the old bridge to enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of the Colorado River and surrounding canyon landscape.
As you can see, turning the original construction into a footbridge was quite successful. Camera-toting tourists love this location, seeking the most picturesque angle to capture their experience.
While there is no fee to access the bridge itself, admission to Glen Canyon is required. For information about passes for Glen Canyon, click
This is a point-of-view shot taken from the bridge. You can almost see the Grand Canyon from way up here!
Not to mention the pristine river glistening beneath. The canyon's silhouette reflecting on it is an absolutely unforgettable sight.
After the second bridge was completed, a visitor center was added on the west side. It offers information about the area's history as well as the people who lived here.
On the east side, you’ll find vendors selling authentic, handmade Native American crafts.
For more information, head to Glen Canyon’s
Have you ever been to Navajo Bridge? What’s your favorite bridge in Arizona?