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    Lees Ferry River Trail Hike

    by BruceDunning Written Oct 25, 2009

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    This is an easy 2 mile round trip hike down a sandy path, and along the Colorado River. The views on the hike are wonderful. There are ruins of homes from when John Lee ran the ferry across the river. That time frame was 1871-1910. Even after that, the ferry still operated until 1929, when the nearby Navajo Bridge was built over the river. They were at two different locations, so the ruins are at two points. One is right close to the parking lot where the hike starts. The other is about 3/4 miles down the path, near the river edge. An old steamboat remains also is in the river. It was used as part of a mining operation in the nearby cliffs.

    Ruins of stone homes Old boiler on the trail Sunken steamboat in the river
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    Rafting down the Colorado

    by BruceDunning Updated Oct 25, 2009

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    Most rafting starts at the Lees Ferry landing and goes down river 12-15 miles usually for the short trips. Some also start at Glen CAnyon dam and go down river to Lees Ferry for the short trip. A trip cost here is about $65-75. Longer one to nine day trips are offered, and many go into Grand Canyon area. The

    Brochure on rafting Group setting up to raft
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    Vermilion Cliffs-Paria Movie Set & Townsite

    by BruceDunning Written Oct 24, 2009

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    I would not try to see it as a warning, unless you are a risk taker. I found the turnoff about 40 miles west of Page on Hwy 89. It is part of the Vermilion Cliffs BLM park. The side road is 5 miles south, and all of it is sandy/clay/dirt road. Since I got so far in, I was stuck because there was no place to turn around. Next thing I knew I was climbing a hill that had a narrow lane and ruts all over. The overhang was a sheer drop down about 100 feet. I got over that, and then going down the hill was confronted with a creekbed. It was wet, but not much; I thought. Well that clay grabs onto the tire tread, and that was the end of it. I had not traction at all. Needless to say. I worked on getting ready to climb back up that hil to get out of there pronto. It took 4 tries and a burning transmission, but made it.
    OH, by the way, there is no movie set. The last buildings are ruins. There is only a plaque describing how it used to be. I did not intend to go any further to the townsite from there

    Map of the curvy road to the movie set Description of waht the movie set used to be Found a pit toilet, though Wonderful color of mountains here Best part of the road-but washboard
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    Wahweap Marina

    by BruceDunning Updated Oct 24, 2009

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    This is the hub of a lot of activity for tourists, but mostly locals, or people having dual living establishments. There is a resort, restaurant, lounge, coffee shops,and normal boat necessities. It seems that almost everyone has a houseboat, rather than high speed racing boats. None are small, though. They look to be 40-60 feet and those would sleep 10-12 people.
    An underlying purpose for a lot of the activity and amenities here is there also are condos for sale, and rentals. e

    Layout of marina amenities Ring of houseboats on the water Houseboats docked at marina slots.
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    Antelope Island

    by BruceDunning Updated Oct 24, 2009

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    This island is in the middle of the river and by a bend. It is 8 miles circumference. A lot of boaters come here to relax for the day. The island got created from the backup of the water fill of the dam that took 17 years to fill. The island is a short distance from Antelope Marina, one of two popular ones at the south of the lake. It is the newest marina on the lake, and on the Navajo Reservation. Location is about 7 miles est of Page on Hwy 278, off Hwy 98

    Island identified by the lake bend View of island at the river bend Location of the island Distinct island in the water
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    Antelope Canyon Tour

    by BruceDunning Updated Oct 24, 2009

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    This tour is only offered through the Navajo Nation, and an Indian must be the one to be the guide. They have at least 3 places along Lake Powell Blvd to sign up for the tour. It takes about 3 1/2 hours and costs $35 per person. Two hour tours are $25-30. You go to Antelope Slot CAnyon that is on the reservation, hence the limitation. This canyon was not noted in modern day times until 1931, when a girl that was sheep herding found the gap in the sandstone rock

    Location is southeast of Page on Hwy 98 Antelope Canyon vehicles al laround town
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    Page-Rim Trail hike

    by BruceDunning Updated Oct 24, 2009

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    This is an open area that surrounds the whole town, where people can hike the rim and see wonderful sites of the landscape and down into the town proper. Elevation is 4250 feet, so the views are not obstructed, and you can see for 30-40 miles on a clear day. The trail overall is 8 miles. Best views are the north to look over the lake area and the desert. The south is more open and views are of Navajo Reservation terrain. Main access points to the trail are at N. Navajo Drive by the school, or where it crosses Lake Powell Blvd to the northeast side, or two places south off Lake Powell Blvd or Coppermine

    View of the rim trail around the city Access points noted to the trail Trail view of Antelope Island View of the lake
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    Lake Powell Dam Overlook

    by BruceDunning Updated Oct 24, 2009

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    There is an overlook area off Hwy 89 that has some fantastic views of the dam and surrounding area. In addition. The short hike of 1/2 mile takes you through some great layered rock formations. The dam is 710 feet high at this point and the base of the concrete is 300 feet. It expands across the canyon 1560 feet. The turn off on Hwy 89 is first right past the Walmart from the east sideand between National Park Service building and Denny's. This is a loop road

    DAm valley Bridge connecting the  rock walls Back view of water retention Eroded layers of rock at the overlook Power grid and Visitro center at right
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    Hanging Gardens-Chains Area

    by BruceDunning Updated Oct 24, 2009

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    This is a hidden spot that takes you behind the dam wall and to some beautiful scenery and rock formations. The area is just to the est of the bridge about 100 feet for a turn off at the right. Park there, and hike in to the hanging gardens. It is called that because there are green foliage on a lush oasis that is thriving in the desert mesa. They gardens are fed by a little spring by some rock ledge overhang. The hike is about 1 1/2 miles, and some areas may be hard to find the direction, but look for the cairns on the horizons. After about 1/2 mile on the trail take a right up the rock face and climb to the butte. From there, look hard for the cairns to the right that direct to the gardens. You walk over some sand trail for half the distance, and then climb the slide rock face to the top. the gardens continue for quite some way. You could hike further if desired.

    Gardens in the cove ledge View on top of the butte by gardens Panorama view of the desert ground and lake Sign by parking to hike pst the fence

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    Horseshoe Bend

    by BruceDunning Updated Oct 24, 2009

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    This wonderful view of the Colorado River winding its way around a bend in the rock is worth a short hike. The hike is about one 1/2 mile round trip over sand and steps. The first part of the hike is up a steep side of a sand dune. The overlook views are the reason form the hike. Taking a full panorama picture of the bend is difficult because of being close up to the bend and not able to perch higher for a wider range shot.
    Location is 4 miles to the southeast of Page, off Hwy 89. The Colorado dam is around 8 miles upstream. A sign on the highway directs you to it.

    View looking down to the bend Carved rock by river power View of the bend rock wlaking to overlook Horseshoe Bend on the left Hwy 89 Roadside sign to location
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    Carl Hayden Visitor Center

    by BruceDunning Written Oct 24, 2009

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    This center is across the bridge just on the right going west on Hwy 89 from Page. About 3 miles away from the town center, the views along the visitor center area are good. Tours of the dam inner workings and to see the turbine power generators are offered every hour for a fee of $5. I did not have time, otherwise the tour would be informative. You need a reservation at most times since only 20 people are allowed at once time. The center has a good topo map of the area the lake covers, and also a good exhibit of the evolution of the terrain that one time was a sea bed. The Colorado Plateau rose up over time and created this area into a high desert region.

    Visitor center on the right Visitor center on left at bridge Visitor center at the right by dam
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    Lake Powell DAm Power-Information

    by BruceDunning Updated Oct 24, 2009

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    The dam is at the near north of the town of Page. It is the nucleus of activity and recreation for the town, both the serve locals and tourists. The water area behind the dam is extremely long. It is 186 miles long and very narrow. Depths go to 500 feet. There is 1960 miles of shoreline. There are 96 side canyons that can be explored on the lake perimeter, and there are two main recreation areas to boat, or relax.
    The dam is 710 feet deep at its highest point and 1,560 feet across. It took 400,00 buckets of concrete, or 10 million tons of concrete. The dam itself is 25 feet thick at the top part and 300 feet thick at the base. The height at the peak form the Colorado river floor is 583 feet. It provides power to 650,000 homes, and controls water flow to the downriver areas in Arizona to California.
    Environmentally it may not be too successful. There has been talk to blow up the dam and let the river flow naturally. There are 1 million gallons of water wasted that leach into the rock formations annually and that cannot be used for power generation then. There are many risks discussed with the dam and sediment is filling the upstream section with great vigor. Eventually that gets to the dam base itself-80-100 years estimate.

    Lake expands way up to the north Map of the lake proximity to Page DAm holding back water Power station on the landscape View of power grid towers
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    Glenn Canyon Dam

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Jul 6, 2009

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    The Glen Canyon Dam was completed in 1963 to help control the irregular, seasonal flow of the Colorado River. The dam cost just $273 million to build (cheaper than most professional sports venues) and is being repaid by the electricity generated by the dam. The top of the Glen Canyon dam is 587 feet above the river, 1,560 feet long, and 25 feet thick; at the bottom of the dam, it is about 300 feet thick. Eight hydroelectric generators enable it to produce 1,300 MW of electricity, equivalent to an average nuclear plant.

    There is a damn visitors center above the dam near the bridge, but they required an airport-style strip search and *** probe, so I declined. I never knew the threat of terrorism was so high at a visitors center 100 feet or so above above a dam.

    Behind Glen Canyon Dam stands Lake Powell.

    View from the damn visitors center View from above the dam Behind the damn visitors center above the dam From the damn visitors center near the bridge View while crossing the Glen Canyon Bridge

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    Rent a Houseboat for $5000+ a week on Lake Powell

    by jumpingnorman Written Mar 15, 2009

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    Families, friends and business companies have split up the price tag of $5000- 8,000 for a whole week of fun on a houseboat that can accommodate over a dozen people and sometimes equipped with jetskis! Just imagine how much fun that would be!

    The views are absolutely photogenic and while taking your pictures, enjoy swimming, fishing, scuba diving, snorkeling, water skiing, hiking --- sleep in the boat and do it all over again the next day! The only warning though is to do this during the summer months (June to October) so that the waters are still warm (70 degrees).

    But if you just want to tour the lake though for a few hours, then just go to the Wahweap and Bull Frog marinas of Page, Arizona which offer year-round one to seven hour boat tours.

    Wife a few weeks after giving birth, Lake Powell
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    See Lake Powell - Second Largest Man-Made Lake!

    by jumpingnorman Written Mar 15, 2009

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    Page is proud to have this wonderful lake which is partly in Arizona, but mostly in Utah. But sharing the southern part of this man-made lake is enough for 3 million tourists to visit Page annually! The azure waters of the lake set against a backdrop of spectacular mountains and canyons are enough to attract eager swimmers, fishing aficionados, kayak lovers, and snorkeling adventurers who enjoy the clear waters even at 15 feet below.

    The lake has over 2000 miles of shoreline and is the second largest man-made lake, built 17 years and completed in 1980. It was named after John Wesley Powell, a one-armed American Civil War veteran who explored the river via three wooden boats in 1869. He would be happy to see that people are now enjoying this wonderful dam and that his name lives on in history!

    Our Brazilian friend at Lake Powell, Arizona
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