Places of Interest

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area offers many opportunities to hike, sightsee, and photograph...

  • Horseshoe Bend: located on the fifteen miles of Glen Canyon below the dam, Horseshoe Bend is a massive bend in the Colorado River. From the overlook, Horseshoe Bend is quite a site to see from the canyon rim more than 1,500 feet above the river. The Horseshoe Bend overlook is a short hike (3/4 of a mile on sand and slickrock) from the parking area along U.S. Hwy 89 (Due to a landslide, U.S. Hwy 89 is closed to through traffic south of Page, Arizona, but the overlook parking lot is still accessible). For your safety, do not stand directly at the canyon rim where the sandstone overhangs the cliffs
  • Glen Canyon Dam: The Glen Canyon Dam is a vital link in the Colorado River Storage Project, which is a series of dams and reservoirs along the Colorado River. These dams and their reservoirs work together to provide water, electricity, flood control, and recreation to millions of people. Glen Canyon Dam, built between 1956 and 1966, stands 710' from bedrock and holds back an amazing 26,215,000 acre-feet of water, or 9,000,000,000,000 gallons, when Lake Powell is full. The Carl Hayden Visitor Center at the Glen Canyon Dam located along Highway 89 just north of Page, AZ offers tours, exhibits, a bookstore and information.

While boating on Lake Powell, there are some places of particular interest worth visiting, some of which are recently exposed for the first time in years with the current lake level:

  • Antelope Canyon: Explore the lake side of this popular slot canyon. Accessible by boat, but is a great location for kayaking.
  • Cathedral in the Desert: Hiking with some scrambling and climbing is necessary.
  • Anasazi Canyon: Take the first left before the end of the canyon, go to the back and there is a waterfall. Also, Lehi double Arch is now exposed in the same location. Only small runabouts can get back into this finger.
  • 7-Mile Canyon: Wildlife viewing opportunity - flocks of chuckers (a type of bird similar to a quail) are being sited
  • Good Hope Bay: There are some new great, sandy beaches!
  • Across from Hole-in-the-Rock: There are some new great, sandy beaches!
  • Escalante River Arm: Explore back to Explorer Canyon and the Three Roof Ruins.
  • Labyrinth Canyon: Very twisty and turny, no beaches, but great for a small (less than 19 foot) runabout, bottoms out at end.