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Glen Canyon National Recreation Area - Arizona
What to do if you have little time : Lake Powell and the dam
Lake Powell is an artificial lake, created after the construction on the Colorado River of the Glen Canyon Dam in the 60's.
Glen Canyon is full of places to visit and you can enjoy nautical activities. Be advise, anyway, that access to the National Recreation Area is not free. You have to pay 30$ per vehicle per week. Access is included in the pass "America the beautiful".
Tip : here, more than anywhere else you have to carry enough water before starting to hike (3 to 4 liter per person) because of the very extreme heat.
Lake Powell and Glen Canyon Dam
Depending on wish
Half a day
25$ / vehicle / week
Popular Lake near Page. Many viewpoints are developed and worth a stop.
Lone Rock is located at the western end of the lake. Access is free because it'snot in the Recreation area. Nice place to swim.
Access : from Page, take US89A north to the dam. To go to Lone Rock, continue on US89A north for 7,7 miles (12,4 kms) and turn right on Lone Rock Road.
1,24 mile one way - 0h30
1 day with a boat
129$ in 2007
There are 2 ways to discover Rainbow Bridge : by boat or on foot.
Pictures of Rainbow bridge below were taken back in 1999. There was still some water below the bridge. Nowadays, there's no more water and you'll have to walk 1,24 mile one way from the boat to get to Rainbow bridge. And as the level of the lake is going down, the walk is getting longer !
Raft on the Colorado River
A half day
70$ in 2007
Several companies in Page offer this kind of excursion. Departure is by bus from the company that brings you to the foot of the dam where the rafts are waiting. And go for 3 hours to Lees Ferry. A stop is planned to watch Indian paintings. It is also an opportunity for the more adventurous to try swimming in cold water from the Colorado River. This excursion also passes at the foot of Horseshoe Bend, whiwh gives a very different view than the one we are used to. The return is by bus.
Tip : prefer this excursion in the morning to enjoy a real cool (bring a sweater anyway). Watch out for sunburn because of the reverb.
Lee's Ferry : Navajo Bridge
Bridge that spans the Colorado River.
Access : from Glen Canyon Dam, take US89S south for 25.6 miles then right on 89A for 14 miles to the bridge.
Short walk (1,7 miles roundtrip) without interest that leads to a hanging garden.
Access : from Page, take US89A north to a parking lot on the right about 650 yards before the dam.
The accommodations, although abundant in Page, are however insufficient and very expensive. It becomes very difficult to find accommodation in Page. We strongly advise you to book in advance. Otherwise, you may not find accommodation or pay very expensive. We have tested :
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