Description - Glen Canyon National Recreation Area offers unparalleled opportunities for water-based and backcountry recreation. Lake Powell, the focal point of Glen Canyon National Recreation area covers a huge surface area of 162,700-acres. It is situated in an open setting of deep canyons, rock outcrops and spectacular scenery. The recreation area stretches for hundreds of miles from Lees Ferry in Arizona to the Orange Cliffs of southern Utah, encompassing scenic vistas, geologic wonders, and a panorama of human history. Additionally, the controversy surrounding the construction of Glen Canyon Dam and the creation of Lake Powell contributed to the birth of the modern day environmental movement.
- Glen Canyon National Recreation Area encompasses a vast array of landforms and history, from the historic Lees Ferry area to the remote canyons of the Orange Cliffs. Scattered throughout this landscape are developed areas where visitors may obtain some of the amenities of civilization (gas, food, lodging), as well as learn about the history of this unique part of America.
Carl Hayden Visitor Center is located at Glen Canyon Dam in Page, Arizona. It provides exhibits on dinosaur tracks, Glen Canyon during the Ice Age and construction of Glen Canyon Dam. It also includes a three-dimensional map of Glen Canyon NRA and an orientation film. Navajo Bridge Interpretive Center, near Lees Ferry, Arizona, features a walkway across the old Navajo Bridge that spans the Colorado River in Marble Canyon.
Wahweap Marina, located near Page, Arizona, is the largest marina site on Lake Powell. It offers a wide variety of visitor services and opportunities for recreation. The city of Page also offers numerous visitor services and is the site of Glen Canyon Dam.
Bullfrog Marina is approximately 95 miles (153km) uplake from Glen Canyon Dam, with the Waterpocket Fold on one side and the Henry Mountains on the other. It offers the largest array of services of any of the uplake marinas.
Halls Crossing was a place well-known on the Colorado River long before the creation of Lake Powell. It was the site of a popular river crossing for many years. Today, Halls Crossing Marina, located on the eastern shores of Lake Powell across from the Bullfrog Marina, offers many services to visitors.
At Hite Marina, near the upper end of the lake, visitors launch power boats from the launch ramp, explore the lake and river canyons, and camp along the shores. A modern highway now crosses the Colorado and Dirty Devil Rivers on steel-girded bridges.
Dangling Rope Marina, 40 miles (64km) uplake from Glen Canyon Dam, replaces the marina that was formerly in Forbidden Canyon near Rainbow Bridge National Monument. This marina is accessible only by water. At Dangling Rope, the National Park Service provides a ranger station, restrooms, free boat pump-out station, and emergency communications. During the summer season, interpretive rangers are stationed at nearby Rainbow Bridge National Monument.
Available fish species in Lake Powell include striped bass, smallmouth bass, and catfish. Some facilities accessible to persons with disabilities. Reservations accepted at certain sites; fees charged. Boat camping available. Fishing below the dam is popular, but access is difficult.
Several opportunities for camping and lodging are available for visitors to the recreation area. There is a lodge at Wahweap and one at Bullfrog. There is a National Park Service campground at Lees Ferry and concessioner operated campgrounds are available in Wahweap, Bullfrog and Halls Crossing on a first-come, first served basis. RV campgrounds are available at Wahweap, Bullfrog and Halls Crossing. Primitive camping is available at the following vehicle accessible shore line areas: Lone Rock (Wahweap area), Stanton Creek, Bullfrog North & South, Hite and Farley Canyon (Hite area). These sites have no facilities except for pit toilets. Shore line camping outside developed areas is possible lake-wide (campers must have self-contained or portable toilets).
Roads within the recreation area include the Burr Trail roadway and the Hole-in-the-Rock Road. Numerous backcountry hiking routes in the Escalante and Orange Cliffs areas will satisfy hikers in your group.
Recreation - The park offers nearly endless opportunities for boating, fishing, swimming, backcountry hiking and four-wheel drive trips. Recommended activities include boat camping, water-based recreation, summer ranger programs, half and full-day tours to Rainbow Bridge, four-wheeling on some of the park's backroads, backpacking in the Escalante or Orange Cliffs, and exploring the lake's numerous side canyons by boat.
Climate - Summers are extremely hot, with little, if any, shade. Winters are moderately cold with night time lows often below freezing. Spring weather is highly variable with extended periods of winds. Fall weather is usually mild. Temperatures range from 110° F (38°C) in June & July to O° F (-16°C) in December & January. Precipitation is generally light (less than 6 inches--15.2cm-- annually) though heavy rains and flash flooding can occur in spring and summer. Recommend lightweight, light colored clothing for summer, including a hat. Layers of clothing are best for other times of the year.
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area extends over 200 miles in southern Utah and northern Arizona. Lees Ferry and the Navajo Bridge Interpretive Center is located on Arizona Highway 89A. Carl Hayden Visitor Center in Page, Az is on Highway 89. The Bullfrog Visitor Center is located on Utah Highway 276. Halls Crossing is also reached by Highway 276. Hite is located just off Utah Highway 95.
The primary form of transportation within the park is by boat. Except for Lakeshore Drive in Wahweap, there is virtually no hard-surfaced road which offers access to or view of the lake outside the developed marinas. In-park shuttle services are available at Wahweap, Bullfrog, Halls Crossing, and Hite.