Mouth of Canyon
Canyon Diablo was a major obstacle to the explorers on the
35th parallel. It is virtually impassable by wagons,
requiring a long detour to the north. At the point where
it joins the Little Colorado River, however, the canyon
disappears entirely. This area, near the Navajo community
of Leupp, is where the Beale road crew crossed and then
continued the road west.
excerpt from Beale's report:
September 8 , Camp 9.
..Travelling down the [Little Colorado] river bottom, which is
here a wide valley on both sides, we came, in ten miles from the
previous camp, to the mouth of the Canyon Diablo, where we
encamped. This point is well marked by four little red
sandstone buttes, which rise from the meadow near its mouth, and
cannot be mistaken, as they are of peculiar form and isolated in
position. They are about thirty or forty feet in
height. We are now gaining on San Francisco mountain,
which looks down on us this evening, and tomorrow we cross to
encamp near its base.