18-Jul-2001 -- One of the last unvisited confluences in Arizona. I so wanted it not to be an attempt, but time, the
arch enemy of all explorers, doomed the effort.
The DCP index lists this confluence as being 26-plus miles ENE of Page, Arizona. But that’s 26
miles as the crow flies. Its probably four times that distance by car. Its near the west end of
Navajo Mountain and in the slick-rock canyons that lead into Lake Powell.
I was able to drive to N 36° 59.242' W 110° 55.610, at which point the elevation was about
1,720 meters. I left the car and proceeded on foot to N 36° 59.769' W 110° 57.036'. I had walked
about 3 kilometers and the elevation was then about 1,520 meters. My self-imposed turn-back
deadline was approaching and I was on a ridge top with no easy hiking alternatives available. So,
I turned back. I suspect that a successful visit would be an all-day affair and should probably be a
This is beautiful desert country. I saw lizards and birds, especially blue jays (which local people
call “camp robbers.”) The rock formations were quite astounding. The flora consisted of pinion
pine, juniper, sagebrush, yucca, prickly-pear cactus and some scattered grass. There were also
some scrub oak and cottonwood in the protected alcoves and dry stream-beds where water
This was my closest-ever encounter with Navajo Mountain. It appears to be a giant block of
uplifted sandstone. It is part of the Navajo Indian Reservation. The Navajo Nation is building a
wonderful hard-surfaced road, IR16, which I drove on for part of the journey.
A bad day exploring is still better than any other day. I hope to return.