August 24th, 2013 – Glen Canyon National Recreation Area – UT and AZ

We decided to take a load off our feet and go on a boat tour on Lake Powell which is part of the  Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.  The Glen Canyon NRA was established in 1972 and encompasses 1,254,429 acres of Utah and Arizona.  The government built Glen Canyon dam on the Colorado river to provide water storage to ensure the delivery of sufficient water to the lower basin during years of drought and to provide power for cities in Arizona, Nevada and California.

When the dam was finished in 1966, Lake Powell was created.  It is a huge lake with more coast line than the western United States.   It is currently 100 feet below its normal level, but it is still 350 feet deep.  You can see in many of the pictures what they call the bathtub ring – the white calcification of the sandstone that the water causes which is visible when the water recedes.

The boat ride was very nice.  We went into Navajo Canyon and Antelope Canyon which were pretty narrow to take a boat down.  The fourth picture shows an example of Navajo tapestry which is produced when water drips off a ledge onto the sandstone.  It was absolutely beautiful.

When we got off the boat, we took a walk through sand to Horseshoe Bend (last two pictures) which is located outside of Page, AZ.  You have probably seen a picture of this as it is one of the most photographed parts of the Colorado river.  It is beautiful to see, but the cool pictures come from someone who is more than likely in a helicopter.   There are warnings everywhere not to go to the edge to look over because the sandstone can break away, so we took pictures from a safe distance.


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  1. Judy

    Interesting… We have seen Lake Powell but never taken the boat tour.

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