What's a Backhaul? Why do so many people use it?,-111.5884566,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x87346ebdbe506821:0x9211872ee94b8317!8m2!3d36.8658407!4d-111.5862679

Glen Canyon National Recreation (Horseshoe Bend) area is accessed by the river road to Lee's Ferry near the Navajo bridge. There is no downstream travel below Lee's Ferry because downstream takes you downstream through the Grand Canyon. One must have a permit to enter the river through the Grand Canyon National Park, there are no roads for 226 miles. Most people take 16-30 days to travel down through the Grand Canyon National Park.

Upstream from Lee's Ferry to the Dam is the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. Horseshoe Bend lies 9 miles upstream from Lee's Ferry. It is a long upstream paddle against the current, hence the popularity of the "backhaul" taxi upstream. The Backhaul taxi is a 30 minute boat ride upstream above Horseshoe Bend where you then paddle back to the Lee's Ferry Boat Ramp with the current:)

Another benefit of the Backhaul is if one is renting kayaks, we will bring the gear to Lee's Ferry, and retrieve it when you are done. No Need to transport gear on or in a car. For $80/person the taxi will take you passed Horseshoe Bend to the Petroglyph Panel at 10 mile for a daily, or the dam at 15 mile for the overnight. From these two drop off points folks paddle back on the 3 mph current to the parking at Lee's Ferry. Stopping for Lunch, and a hike or two.

Most people take 5-6 hours for a daily trip to the Petroglyphs and 6-9 hours from the Dam.

When you return to Lee's Ferry, empty your boat of any trash you created or thoughtfully found and did your part to keep GCNRA in its pristine nature.

Carry your boat to the KTC Staging area right above the water, and return PFD's and paddles as well.

Give thanks to Mother Nature and enjoy the Grandeur of the day:)

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