Glen Canyon National Recreation Area Travel Guide

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Glen Canyon National Recreation Area Highlights

  • Pro
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    BruceDunning says…

     Quite and serene for miles 

  • Con
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    agapotravel says…

     No easy swimming access; too crowded 

  • In a nutshell
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     Beauty from a man-made creation 

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area Things to Do

  • Take A Boat Ride on Lake Powell

    Lake Powell, this manmade lake which was created by the Glen Canyon Dam backing the water up for miles and miles, has created a wonderful playground for water lovers and desert lovers together. You can stay on the water, or you can "park" and get off your boat and wander the surrounding desert. You can visit the Rainbow Bridge arch and take a...

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  • Lake Powell Wakesurfing & Wakeboarding

    Houseboating at Lake Powell is amazing! What made the trip even better was the Mastercraft X-35 our friends brought to board / surf and play behind. I've spent time at both ends of Lake Powell - Bullfrog Marina and Wahweap area. It was a great time, especially the hours spent on or behind the ski boat. This boat was designed with Wakesurfing /...

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  • Rainbow Bridge National Monument

    Rainbow Bridge is the world's largest known natural bridge. Aside from that stunning fact, it's in the West's most beautiful lake, Lake Powell. The span has undoubtedly inspired people throughout time--from the neighboring American Indian tribes who consider Rainbow Bridge sacred, to the 300,000 people from around the world who visit it each...

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  • Visit the Visitor Center

    This center is right next to the dam wall and across the bridge on the west side. It is about 3 miles from the town of Page. There are 1 million visitors to the center and lake area in a year. The center has a exhibit showing the creation of the rock and desert area for this part of the country; called canyon country. The center has tours on the...

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  • Page-the town

    This is a town of 9,000 in the surrounding area. Most are Navajo due to the Reservation being close by and this used to be their land. IN 1957, the camp town was started to build the dam. Later, on 8th St. there were motels and apartments for laborers/families. Now it has all the US features, like Walmart Supercenter and fast food joints, strip...

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  • Page Rim Trail for Views

    The trail of 8 miles rings around the town, and it provides great landscape views of the lake and the inlets around it. The north side access off N. Navajo Dr. is the best for these views.

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  • Antelope Point and Island

    This marina is not as big as Wahweap, but has a charm of being more quite and peaceful. It is located about 12 miles from Page off Hwy 98 and onto Hwy 278. It opened in 2004, and is only a boat ramp facility, and a restaurant and convenience store. They have 300 slips here. Besides the marina, there is the island that is 8 mile circumference and...

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  • Wahweap Marina

    This is the biggest marina on the lake, and it has many buildings, amenities and boats. It was first built starting in 1963, and is the biggest marina. It has 1,000 slips, and 9 boat tours from here. The tours took 20o,000 people for a ride-so to speak-last year. The Lake Powell Resort is here, as well as many condos owned, or for rental, for total...

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  • Go Behind the Dam-Chains Area

    This is a quite area that most people are not even aware of. You can drive back her for a couple of miles, and get great pictures of the dam and the landscape. Location is a road,coming form Page on Hwy 89 is on the right side just before you would cross the bridge heading to the visitor center. There is a parking area here. Locals come to swim and...

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  • DAm Views

    This is a road off Hwy 89 just to the south of page that offers wonderful views of the dam and surrounding area. The added feature is the layered and eroded rock in the hiking area that is beautiful. The bridge across the dam top is 1560 feet in length. The dam wall is 50 feet t top and 300 feet thick at the base. It took 400,000 buckets of...

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  • Glen Canyon Dam

    The Glen Canyon Dam is at once an abomination of natural surroundings and the force behind the transformation of an area's core vitality. While the creation of Lake Powell has altered the natural appearance and flow of the land and water flowing in this area, it has also created a new ecosystem where not only man and his boats have flourished but...

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  • Lake Powell

    To think that Glen Canyon Recreation Area protect 1.2 million acres of land in the Colorado Plateau is daunting enough but when one considers the lands adjacent that are under various levels of conservation, it takes on a statehood of its own. Spread out over large tracts of Arizona and Utah, access comes in many forms ranging from paved roads and...

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Glen Canyon National Recreation Area Restaurants

  • Best Mexican Food!

    Just ate there last night (7/21/10) and had an amazing dinner. The food alone is a 10...the salsa was a little hot, but was great. It not only has great food, but a great theme and ambiance. I'd highly recommend it to traveler's in Page, AZ. It's across the street from Safeway. Enchilada Mole.

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  • On your doorstep!

    Inside the Marriott Courtyard Hotel is a great little restaurant called Peppers. Its open to the public as well as its guests, and if you`re in the area...its probably one of the better places to eat.Good American food with a few unusual dishes thrown in and a fairly good wine selection.Its in a beautiful setting with patio dining if wanted (too...

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  • A Bar with a View

    The resort comprises lodging, restaurant and a more informal lounge area - The Driftwood Lounge.I can't remember if we ate here or not but the beer was ok and the views great. Friendly, efficient service and if memory serves me correctly not hugely expensive.You have the option of sitting at the bar, in the restaurant or even out by the pool -...

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Glen Canyon National Recreation Area Local Customs

  • fresh as daisies

    It cost $15 for a car load of people to enter Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. This is one of the parks included on the America The Beautiful Pass that we were using to visit the National Parks of the west during the summer of 2008. This is one of the best values in the world of travel. This is probably a park we would not have visited...

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  • Glen Canyon Official Map and Guide.

    We Dutchies are very famous for the fact that we like things to get for free! LOL. The Glen Canyon Official Map and Guide is free but also very usefull. We recieved this one at the information centre and were glad to have one.We took 2 of them and used one for our Diary of a madman and the other one was for the very useful information and maps....

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Glen Canyon National Recreation Area Warnings and Dangers

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    You really need it ...

    by Jerelis Updated Jul 20, 2006

    For years, we have all been told of the importance of water. The general guideline has been to drink 2 litre of water each day. For a person who is not living an active lifestyle this may be enough, but if you are physically active, you need more water than that. That is especially true if you are hiking in the Glen Canyon due to the fact the average temperature is much higher than other areas and the landscape goes up and down.

    Water is essential for everyone, especially if you are hiking. Water helps almost every part of the human body function properly. Our bodies are almost two-thirds water, and proper hydration is essential to keep your body functioning properly during the hike. Some of the things water does in the body are:
    * The brain is 75% water; even moderate dehydration can cause headaches and dizziness;
    * Water regulates body temperature, which is especially important here in the area where the temperatures can be so brutal;
    * Water carries nutrients and oxygen to all cells in the body
    * Blood is 92% water;
    * Water protects and cushions vital organs;
    ·* Water converts food into energy (which is something you will need on a 3 to 4 hour hike…);
    * Muscles are 75% water, and you will use many muscles on a trail as you climb above the desert floor.

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Glen Canyon National Recreation Area Tourist Traps

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    Relinde at the Glen Canyon Dam.

    by Jerelis Written Dec 4, 2003

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    Construction of the dam began in 1956. It was completed in 1962, but the lake did not completely fill untill 1980.

    The proportions of the dam are 215 meters high and 245 meters wide, which makes it the second largest dam (after the Hoover Dam) made in the Colorado River. The Glen Canyon Dam provides water irrigation and provides electricity for millions.

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Glen Canyon National Recreation Area What to Pack

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    Here we go ...

    by Jerelis Written Dec 22, 2003

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    Luggage and bags: * Map and guidebook;
    * Crackers;
    * 2 Liter of water;
    * Fruit / power bars.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: * Hiking boots;
    * 1 extra t-shirt;
    * Shorts with many pockets;
    * Sunglasses;
    * Fleece type jacket;
    * Hat / cap;
    * Raincoat.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: * Lip balm;
    * (Neck) sunblock;
    * Band-aids.

    Photo Equipment: * Camera and lots of films!
    * Filter;
    * Extra batteries;
    * Lens 210 mm.

    Miscellaneous: * Binocular;
    * Compass.

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Glen Canyon National Recreation Area Off The Beaten Path

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    The canyon behind the Glen Canyon Dam.

    by Jerelis Written Dec 4, 2003

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    Lake Powell, which covers most of Glen Canyon N.R.A., was named, ironically, after the man who had first written of the canyon's many charms. The coastline of Lake powell is about 3500 kilometers long. The lake provides opportunities for a variety of water-based recreational pursuits. It is a controversy lake, because the inheritance of the Anasazi Indians (drawings in the canyons) are now under water-level.

    This debate even continues today. In waht extent can humans alter their landscape before they lose their connection to the land? What is the price of progress and is it ever too high? What is the legacy we will leave to our children?

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Glen Canyon National Recreation Area Sports & Outdoors

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    Take a swim in the desert

    by mafootje Written Jul 14, 2004

    There are many things you can do in and around this lake. I took a swim but there where also people waterskiing or boating.

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Glen Canyon National Recreation Area Favorites

  • the case of being content

    A picnic bench never felt so comfortable. We had our first shower in five days under our belts. The laundry was already in the dryer. Wildflowers sprouted before us, only slightly obscuring our view of Lake Powell, its colorful mesas quickly fading with the sun's departure below the horizon. A fresh baguette was cut, salami and brie awaiting...

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  • Budweiser - King of all Beers?

    Let’s make no secret of it. We both like a nice cold glass of beer. Being abroad is always a challenge to find a beer we like, which reflects our taste of having a beer. In America it wasn’t really that hard to find the brand we liked, it was clearly Budweiser, popularly referred to as Bud.Budweiser is a lager made with a proportion of rice as a...

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