Set amid the deep canyons, rocky outcrops and spectacular scenery of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area you'll find Lake Powell, one of the most popular lakes in Arizona. The relatively narrow, 186-mile long body of water boasts a surface area of 162,600 acres and nearly 2,000 miles of meandering shoreline – making it the perfect destination for fishing, water sports, photography and all things outdoors. Other attractions like, Lees Ferry Historic Site, make Glen Canyon a must-see for outdoor adventurers.
You might not think events from millions of years ago impact your day, but when you take a trip to Glen Canyon, you’ll marvel at the shape the landscape took. Over the years, erosion from the Colorado River formed the canyon. A combo of volcanic lava, erosion from water and wind created bulbous rock formations you can’t find anywhere else.
Glen Canyon Dam was constructed in the early 1960s, which led to the formation of Lake Powell at the intersection of the Escalante, San Juan and Colorado rivers. The waters rose steadily for the following 17 years, and since that time the lake level has fluctuated with the seasons.
More than just a stunningly beautiful outdoor play area, Lake Powell features a number of historical attractions, as well. The Hole in the Rock, Lees Ferry and Crossing of the Fathers are historic sites steeped in western frontier.
Fishing. Water sports. Photography. And so much more.
Glen Canyon is most known as the home of Lake Powell, one of the best-known spots for fishing in Arizona, with an abundance of game fish thriving in its clear waters. From bass to crappie, walleye and catfish, Lake Powell fishing offers plenty of fun for new and experienced anglers.
When you’re ready for high adrenaline adventure, put the poles away and break out the sports gear – this is also a great spot for wakeboarding, water skiing, and tubing. You can bring your own boat, or rent one when you arrive.
Spend the day on the water or among the many side canyons and passages found only in Glen Canyon. Multiple easy-to-moderate hikes lead to stunning views of well-known sites like Horseshoe Bend and the Dam Overlook.
In the evening, picture this: a rich orange and purple sunset streaming through the unique rock formations providing extra glamour and drama to your photographs of this lake within a canyon. Since it’s dinner time for the residents, you might even snap a shot capturing some wildlife.
At the end of the day, you can kick back at your campsite, or tuck in to your rented houseboat and watch the rest of the magnificent sunset.
If you’re not staying on a houseboat, camping is an incredible way to enjoy the beauty of the shoreline. Or take advantage of the many surrounding campgrounds where you can park your RV or pitch a tent. If you’re looking for more of a land-based stay, you’ll find several hotel options available in Page, just a few miles away.
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area:
Please visit the website for the Visitor Centers' hours.
Park Entrance Fees:
Glen Canyon NRA
PO Box 1507
Page, AZ 86040