Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
Park Overview
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area (NRA) offers unparalleled opportunities for water-based & backcountry recreation. 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. The park offers opportunities for boating, fishing, swimming, backcountry hiking and four-wheel drive trips.
Fishing, boating, 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, exploring the lake's numerous side canyons by boat.
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, located next to Glen Canyon Dam, is staffed by the National Park Service and open daily except for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years. It offers information, films, a relief map, and views of the dam and surrounding landscape from its observation deck. Free dam tours are available daily.

The National Park Service also provides a self-service ranger station at Wahweap, drinking water, restrooms, free boat pump-out stations, picnic area with grills, fish-cleaning station, and ranger programs in the summer.

Wahweap Marina, 5.5 miles (8.9km) from the visitor center along Lakeshore Drive, is operated by ARAMARK, the park concessioner. It provides a variety of services, including: lodging, food services, gift shops, 2 campgrounds (one with hook-ups), laundry, showers, and a service station. Full marina services include: slips, buoys, boat rentals, tours, repairs, dry storage and fueling.

The city of Page, 2 miles (3.2km) from the dam and visitor center, has stores, motels, restaurants, churches, hospital, and museum. Page can be reached by surfaced roads year-round, and by air from Phoenix.


Lees Ferry is the only place visitors can drive to the Colorado River in over 700 miles of Canyon Country, right to the first ¿rapid¿ in the Grand Canyon.

A natural corridor between Utah and Arizona , Lees Ferry figured prominently in the exploration and settlement of Northern Arizona. Lees Ferry is now a meeting of the old and the new.


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.


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.


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.


Lake Powell has brought new life to Hite. Today, 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.

Cass Hite's log cabin, the store, and the post office are gone-- submerged beneath the waters of Lake Powell. New structures have been built, however, providing services and information to the visitor and bringing new life to the once-thriving community of Hite.

Nature Programs
The reasons for becoming a Junior Ranger can be as individual as you are. One of the best reasons: IT'S FUN! It also gives you the chance to do some different and interesting things. While doing some of the activities, you might come across something new you've never done or thought about before. And you can be part of a nation-wide team, other Junior Rangers, the National Park Service, and others who work to preserve special places. Glen Canyon and Lake Powell are special places. You and your family may have many fond memories of trips here; or you may just be starting to collect those memories on your first trip. As a Junior Ranger, you will be giving something special back to a very special place. And that's not only fun, it makes you feel good, too! Follow the link below to view and print your Junior Ranger Activity Book.
Lake Powell has created a new realm for fishermen. Before Glen Canyon Dam was built, the Colorado River was so full of silt that only carp, catfish, suckers, and the Colorado River squawfish could survive in its murky waters. Now, abundant game fish thrive in the clear waters of Lake Powell. Introduced species such as bass and crappie as well as walleye, bluegill, and catfish challenge the avid fisherman.

Fishing in the waters of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area in any manner other than hook and line (bow and arrow, crossbow, snare, gig, spear, spear gun, net, etc.) is prohibited. Chumming is allowed only for striped bass and only with dead anchovies. All other Arizona or Utah fishing regulations apply. LICENSES MAY BE PURCHASED AT ALL MARINAS.

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area offers a variety of camping options. USe the details below to determine which campground would best fit you and/or your party's needs (Note: all campgrounds listed below are open year-round):

Bullfrog Developed Campground, 1-435-684-3000

Details: Large campground with picnic tables, grills, centrally located bathrooms in each loop, water is available. No reservations. Approximately 78 sites. Accomodates tents, campers, small to medium length RV's. Fee is $18 per night.

Bullfrog Primitive Camping Areas, 1-435-684-7400.

Details: Primitive camping is normally available at Stanton Creek, Bullfrog North, and Bullfrog South. However, due to low water levels, Bullfrog North and South are closed until further notices. No facilities except for pit toilets. Fee is $6 per vehicle per night. Shoreline camping. No sites, as such, but a large vehicle-accessible shoreline area where camping is permitted. No reservations. NOTE: The roads into Stanton Creek may be very sandy and rough in places. They may not be suitable for low-clearance vehicles and/or longer trailers or RV's.

Bullfrog RV Campground, 1-435-684-3000.

Details: RV campground with full hookups. Accomodates most sizes of vehicles. Approximately 24 sites. Reservations possible. Fees vary.

Halls Crossing Developed Campground, 1-435-684-7000.

Details: Campground with picnic tables, grills, centrally located bathrooms in each loop. Approximately 64 sites. Fee is $18/night. No reservations.

Halls Crossing RV Park, 1-435-684-7000.

Details: RV campground with full hookups. Accomodates most sizes of vehicles. Approximately 32 sites. Fees vary. Reservations accepted.

Hite Camping, 1-435-684-7400.

Details: Several primitive camping areas exist at Hite. Camping is permitted near the launch ramp, in Farley Canyon, and along the Dirty Devil near Highway 95. All these areas have toilets only. No reservations. The fee is $6 per vehicle per night. Campers camping more than 200 yards from existing toilet facilities must have a portable toilet. Camping is also available at White Canyon and Blue Notch Canyon. No facilities, no fees. Portable toilets are required.

Lake Powell Shoreline Camping, 1-928-608-6404.

Details: Camping is allowed anywhere along the lake shore outside the developed areas. There is no fee. There are no facilities. Campers must have a portable toilet or toilet facilities on their vessel. The amount of camping is dependent on the lake level. On average, Lake Powell has 1960 miles of shoreline. Approximately 150 miles of this is campable at any given time.

Lees Ferry Campground, 1-928-355-2319.

Details: Primitive camping, only toilets available. No hookups, no reservations. Approximately 30 sites. Fee is $10 per night. Can accomodate vehicles up to approximately 35 feet. May be full on weekends and holidays. Next available camping is about 50 miles away.

Lone Rock Beach, 928-608-6404.

Details: Lone Rock Beach is a primitive camping area at the south end of the lake near Wahweap. There are no facilities except for vault toilets. When camping more than 200 yards from toilet facilities, campers must have their own portable toilet or self-contained toilet facilities. The fee is $6 per vehicle per night.

Wahweap Campground, 1-928-645-2433.

Details: Large campground with picnic tables, grills, centrally located bathrooms in each loop, water is available. No reservations. One group site, reservations available. Fee is $18/night.

Wahweap RV Park, 1-928-645-2433.

Details: RV Park with full hook-ups. Reservations possible. Fees vary.

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