Glen Canyon National Recreation Area is a part of the Grand Circle, which is a collection of seven national parks, eight national monuments, numerous state parks and spectacular geological formations that stretch from Northern Arizona to Southern Utah. In 1972, Congress established Glen Canyon National Recreational Area, which covers 1.25 million acres. It is one of only 19 national recreational areas under the National Park Service.
National Recreational Areas include lakes and reservoirs, which were created by dams. Glen Canyon Dam was built to meet the demands of water and electricity. Lake Powell was created when Glen Canyon Dam was built. Lake Powell is the crowning jewel in the Glen Canyon National Recreational Area. The lake is 200 miles long and its shoreline spreads out longer than the shoreline between Mexico and Canada. Due to the fact that very few roads connect to Lake Powell, visitors will need to either hike or boat to truly see its magnificent beauty.
Glen Canyon National Recreational Area is the home to a variety of wildlife. There are more than 170 species of birds that make this a stop on their migration. Some birds found in the area are the Canada goose, blue heron and bald eagle. There are 800 different mammals living in Glen Canyon National Area. Badgers, gray foxes, mountain lion, striped skunks and pronghorn roam the land. Lizards love to rest on rocks soaking in the sunshine. Striped Bass, Largemouth Bass, Walleye Pike, Northern Pike, Channel Catfish, Bluegill, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout and Carp are just some kinds of the fish that can be hooked in Lake Powell.
Along with wildlife, there are 730 species of plants growing in the area. Since the water level in Lake Powell fluctuates, plants do not line the lakeshore. However, high desert flora can be found. Indian rice grass, rabbitbrush, hedgehog cacti and prickly pear can be seen. There are cattails, willows and cottonwood along the waterways.
There are four marinas operating in the Glen Canyon National Recreational Area. These marinas are on the perimeter of Lake Powell and are accessible by land. All of the marinas offer rental, accommodations, fuel, food, fishing gear and dockside storage. A fifth marina called Dangling Rope is accessible only by boat. It is seven miles southwest of the entrance to Rainbow Bridge and 40 miles from Wahweap Marina. The name Dangling Rope came from a dangling rope found in a nearby canyon left behind by prospectors. Wahweap Marina is on the south shore of Lake Powell. Wahweap means, “bitter water” in the Ute Indian language. The marina is six miles north of Page and five miles from Glen Canyon Dam. Wahweap is the largest marina on the lake and many lake tours leave from here. Bullfrog Marina is in Utah near the middle of Lake Powell. It is named after the Bullfrog Rapids, which used to flow here before Lake Powell was created. Halls Marina is across from Bullfrog Marina. In 1881, Charles Hall used this site as a ferry crossing location. Hite Marina is the northernmost marina and is the smallest of the four. It is 140 miles from Glen Canyon Dam. Cass Hite found gold here in 1883 and a small town sprang up. Hite Marina is one of the quieter marinas and is well liked by many fishermen.
It is important for campers to know that anyone camping within one-quarter of a mile to Lake Powell is required to carry and use a portable toilet, unless their boats or campers have self-contained or toilets available. Waste must be disposed of only at designated boat pumpouts and dump stations. Camping is permitted throughout Glen Canyon with two exceptions. No camping is allowed within one mile of the marinas, including Lees Ferry and Rainbow Bridge National Monument. The second exception is the 14 consecutive day limit for any interior site. The maximum stay along shore is 30 days.
Primitive camping is allowed along the shoreline at Lone Rock near Wahweap, Stanton Creek, Bullfrog North and South, Hite, Dirty Devil and Farley Canyon near the Hite area. None of these sites have facilities, except for pit toilets. There is a $6.00 fee per vehicle per night. You may camp outside these developed areas lake-wide as long as campers have self-contained or portable toilets. There is no fee for this camping.
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area has so much to offer its visitors. Scenic views and geological wonders are some of the unique characteristics of this area. Visitors can also spend their time fishing, boating and boat camping. Water recreation, summer ranger programs, half and full day tours to Rainbow Bridge, tours of Glen Canyon Dam, four wheeling on marked back roads and backpacking are just a short list of many activities visitors can choose from when making a trip to the area.
There are three Visitor Centers located in Glen Canyon National Recreational Area. Carl Hayden Visitor Center is located at the Glen Canyon Dam in Page. You can get to Page from Tucson or Phoenix by taking Interstate 17 north out of town to Flagstaff. Once you are in Flagstaff take U.S. Highway 89 north to the town of Page, which lies just south of Lake Powell. Page is approximately 395 miles from Tucson, about 277 miles from Phoenix and 136 miles from Flagstaff. This Visitor Center has maps and photos retelling the history of the Glen Canyon Dam. The Bullfrog Visitor Center is located at the Bullfrog Marina in Utah. This Visitor Center has exhibits focusing on geology and the human history of Glen Canyon. The Navajo Bridge Interpretive Center is located on Highway 89A near Lees Ferry. Here you will see an interactive video about the old Navajo Bridge, which spans the Colorado River.
The cost of admission to Glen Canyon National Recreational Area is valid for seven days. Admission costs vary depending on how you will be using the area. Vehicles are $5.00, individuals $3.00, boats $10.00 and motorized vehicles $4.00. However, if you are planning on making return visits there are annual and lifetime passes available. If you have questions about admission prices, you may call 520-608-6542.
If you would like more information on Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, you may call 520-608-6404 or 520-608-6200.Glen Canyon National Recreation Area (NRA) offers unparalleled opportunities for water-based and backcountry recreation. The recreation area stretches 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.
Highest May through September; lowest in January.
Coconino Co., AZ; Kane Co., Garfield Co., Wayne Co., and San Juan Co., UT. Park Headquarters is located in Page, AZ.
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
P. O. Box 1507
Page, Arizona 86040
General Information: (520) 608-6404
Headquarters: (520) 608-6200
24 Hour Emergency (800) 582-4351
OPERATING HOURS, SEASONS:
Carl Hayden Visitor Center, Page, AZ, daily, Memorial Day-Labor Day, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; rest of year, daily, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years.
Bullfrog Visitor Center, Bullfrog, UT, intermittently in March, daily April - October, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; closed November - February.
Navajo Bridge Interpretive Center, near Lees Ferry, daily mid-April - October, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; weekends only, early April & November, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
CLIMATE, RECOMMENDED CLOTHING:
Summers are extremely hot, with little, if any, shade. Winters are moderately cold with nighttime 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.