Choose our Hotels near Glen Canyon and John Wesley Powell Museum
The Best Western Greenwell Inn and the Best Western at Lake Powell are both hotels that are close to so many of the most popular things to do in Page, AZ. With such a fantastic location, you can spend more time enjoying your vacation and less time just getting around.
Established by Congress in 1972, Glen Canyon N.R.A. is the home of Lake Powell, and is comprised of 1.25 million acres with the lake occupying only 13%, or 161,390 acres. There is much to be explored either by foot or by 4-wheel vehicles.
Nearly three million visitors per year visit Lake Powell, which is the second largest man-made lake in the United States. Lake Powell is 186 miles long and has 1,960 miles of shoreline, which is longer than the entire west coast of the continental United States! With sparkling, clear blue waters, towering, sheer, red-rock canyon walls and sandy beaches- this is a favorite spot for power boats, wave runners and houseboats, cabin cruisers, runabouts, pontoon and deck boats, and kayaks.
Boats can be rented from businesses in Page and at each of the four major marinas. Other lake activities include swimming, fishing, scuba diving, snorkeling, water skiing, hiking and sight seeing. Types of fish found in Lake Powell are striped bass, large and smallmouth bass, crappie, catfish and carp.
lake is partly in Arizona but mostly in Utah, and is more than
500 feet deep in places.
Located in Arizona, it took 17 years to build the dam, from 1963 to 1980. The main purpose of the dam was for water storage for the southwest, and to generate power for Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, New Mexico and Arizona. Over five million cubic yards of concrete make up the dam and power plant. The dam stands 710 feet high with blocks of concrete 7.5 feet tall. Glen Canyon Dam is located 3,700 feet above sea level, took 17 years to completely fill for the first time, and is fed by Lake Powell's tributaries, including the Escalante and San Juan Rivers. Free tours are offered daily.
On the Navajo Reservation, a few miles east of Page this is one of the most photographed slot canyons in Northern Arizona. Upper Antelope Canyon measures one quarter mile long by 130 feet deep, and is reached by traveling up a 3.5 mile long dry sandy wash which runs south from State Route 98. Lower Antelope runs north from State Route 98 towards Lake Powell. It's a more strenuous entry and exit, requiring climbing up and down ladders bolted to the canyon walls. Access to Antelope Canyon is restricted by the Navajo Tribe, and visitors must go with a licensed tour guide from Page, or when available, with a Navajo concessionaire at the gate.
Located in Page, AZ is the John Wesley Powell Museum. This museum is opened daily and you can visit from mid-February to mid-December. While visiting the museum you will learn about the expedition of John Wesley Powell, his trials and his concerning of the Colorado River. The Museum includes a replica of Major Powell's boat, and many artifacts from that time period.
Take a float trip on the Colorado River between Glen Canyon and Lees Ferry. You may choose from a half-day or an all-day float trip. This is a 15-mile smooth floating trip that will take you through a high, narrow gorge, this trip is safe for all ages.
Before you cast your line to catch the "Big One", make sure you have the necessary licenses and know the regulations for fishing at Lake Powell. The lake is know for its largemouth, smallmouth and striped bass; crappie; and walleye. You will find the lake plentifully stocked and prime for your fishing experience.
There are many sites to see while boating on Lake Powell. Many inlets will lead to sandy beaches which are great for picnic or camping areas. There are also many open areas great for water skiing and tube ridding. Lake Powell Resorts & Marinas maintain a large assortment of personal watercraft for rent.
Renting a houseboat is one of the best ways to enjoy fully the Lake Powell experience. You can rent a houseboat for as few as two days. Instructions are given on how to operate the boat before leaving. For a great getaway, find a nice beach and dock for a few days, the houseboat will provide you will all the comforts of home.
Swimming at Lake Powell can be a very fun activity, with its sandy beaches and great weather. The water temperature usually averages 80 degrees F. in August, which is ideal. Swimming areas are marked, but be sure to keep an eye out for boats and watercraft when swimming.
Lake Powell is ideal for waterskiing, with most of the boating areas having calm water for a good part of the day. If it is your first time or 100th time waterskiing you will have an enjoyable time at Lake Powell.
This is the best way to view the amazing Rainbow Bridge. There are two scheduled tours a seven-hour full day and an five-hour half day. While taking the tour you will travel through some of Lake Powell's major canyons. During the summer, trips depart several times a day.
Bay Paddle-wheeler Tour
This one-hour cruise will take you around Wahweap Bay and Castle Rock. You will be aboard an authentic 95-foot riverboat, with a paddle wheel powering you around the bay. This is a very unique way to view the sites of the lake. Tours depart several times throughout the day.
Visiting the walls of Antelope and Navajo canyons to view the "tapestry" is an unforgettable experience. This is a 2 1/2 hour trip, which allows you to view some spectacular sites. There are two trips per day.
tour departs twice daily, it is a 2 1/2-hour tour. This tour visits
the canyons of Lost Eden, Moki and or the Forgotten canyons.