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Arizona, where whiskey is for drinking and water is for fighting. “When the big rain came, forty days and forty nights, southern Arizona got half an inch.” Monsoon season is coming to Arizona. The ice jam on the Santa Cruz River has broken. Mike Olbinski is an artist. He paints with a camera and time lapse […]

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Lee’s Ferry


Lee’s Ferry

It’s not much more than a small dot on a map; but, despite that Lee’s Ferry has had an outsized import over the years. And, where and what is Lee’s Ferry you may ask? The where is on the Colorado River about 9 miles south of the Utah- Arizona border and, as later would be determined, also as good a boundary as any between the river’s upper and lower basins.  The what is the only location along the river between the small hamlet of Hite, Utah (now submerged under Lake Powell) and Black Canyon (the site of Hoover Dam), a distance of over 450 miles at which it is possible to access and cross the Colorado River with relative ease. Otherwise, the rest of the river between these two points had steep canyon walls making access to and crossing of the river difficult if not impossible, while the Lee’s Ferry area had gentle slopes that could easily be traversed.