Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

You will cross Glen Canyon Dam as you travel between Page, AZ and Kanab, UT. The dam rises over 700 feet above the colorful sandstone walls of Glen Canyon. It is a concrete arch-gravity dam on the Colorado River, and is the second-highest concrete arch dam, second only to the Hoover Dam in Nevada. Glen Canyon Dam is near the town of Page, Arizona and forms Lake Powell which provides water to the western states. The dam’s generators produce hydroelectric power that is used throughout the region and even up to Nebraska.

The dam is named for Glen Canyon, a series of deep sandstone gorges now flooded by the reservoir; Lake Powell is named for John Wesley Powell, who in 1869 led the first expedition to traverse the Colorado's Grand Canyon by boat.

The Glen Canyon Recreation Area is 1.2 million acres that is run by the National Park Service and provides opportunities from boating and other water toys to off-roading, kayaking and hiking. The recreation area encompasses hundreds of miles from Lee’s Ferry in Arizona to the amazing sandstone cliffs of Southern Utah.

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