Explore the Cliff Dwellers in Marble Canyon

Arizona Cliff Dwellers Pull-Off

Added by Dan Deublein

Meet the Cliff Dwellers! This unique tale began with a broken down car. After one night, they decided to build their own trading post and setup a permanent residence! 

 

The Cliff Dwellers is a unique tale that takes place the same year Prohibition began. Bill & Blanche Russel were driving through Marble Canyon when their automobile broke down. After several attempts to fix it, they found themselves camping overnight. 

As the sun rose the next day, they ironically found themselves drawn to the natural beauty of the desert. At this point, they built a roadside trading post out of rocks next to a fallen boulder. The original structure remains to this day. 

To reach the Cliff Dwellers ruins, it is located on Highway 89A near the Cliff Dwellers Lodge. The coordinates to the structure are:

36.746499, -111.750968


Pack List

  • Water
  • Camera
  • Food & Snacks
  • Sunscreen
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Activities:

Chillin, Diving, Hiking, Photography

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Year Round

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Distance:

0.5 Miles

Elev. Gain:

0 Feet

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Features:

Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
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How to Get There

7 months ago

Cool stop

Cliff Dwellers is a pretty cool stop right off Highway 89A. There are massive boulders all around the area that look like they fell from Marble Canyon. Decent stop to stretch your legs and use a port-o-potty if you're heading farther north toward the North Rim of the Grand Canyon or South toward Page. It also helps break up the monotony of the barren desert you feel like you're endlessly driving through.

7 months ago

Added by Dan Deublein

Dan is an explorer for The Outbound and editor of The Proper Function, an outdoor online editorial. He is passionate about exploration and can’t stay put for more than a week.

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