Impossible Canyons

Impossible Canyons (HM1SE4)

Location: Marble Canyon, AZ 86036 Coconino County
Country: United States of America

N 36° 48.986', W 111° 38.347'

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Dominguez y Escalante Expedition 1776-1976

In desperate search for a crossing of the Colorado River before the wild storms of winter might further weaken their starving bodies, Fathers Dominguez and Escalante led their expedition past this point on October 26, 1776.

Five days were spent near the present site of Lee's Ferry, four miles to the east. Two young expeditionaries swam naked across the frigid river. Barefoot and cold, their bundled clothing having swept away in the struggle for their lives, the swimmers returned without exploring the impossible canyons on the other side. Another attempt to cross on a log raft failed three times in the powerful current.

With only the meat of one of their horses for sustenance, the padres finally picked their way along a treacherous route above the Paria River and through a notch in the Echo Cliffs which Escalante himself described as impassable. On November 7, the expedition jubilantly forded the river at the "Crossing of the Fathers" now under the waters of Lake Powell.

These first Europeans known to have seen this dramatic canyon country returned to Santa Fe, their point of departure, in January 1777. They had failed their objective to find and overland route to the settlement at Monterey. But their experience and detailed records expanded knowledge of the remote land on the fringes of Spanish territory known today as the Four Corners Region.
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HM NumberHM1SE4
Year Placed1976
Placed ByArizona Bicentennial Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, May 26th, 2016 at 1:01pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)12S E 442997 N 4074699
Decimal Degrees36.81643333, -111.63911667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 48.986', W 111° 38.347'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 48' 59.16" N, 111° 38' 20.82" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)928
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near US-89A, Marble Canyon AZ 86036, US
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