There are roughly a million postcard-worthy places to discover in Utah and Arizona, regardless of whether visitors are local or international tourists. The canyoneering in Utah is among the best in the world, and there are several places to go. The Glen Canyon National Recreation Area is one of the US's less famous national parks, although it is incredibly magnificent. It is a must-see attraction in southern Utah and northern Arizona. It spans 1.25 million acres (5,075.23 km2) and offers countless activities. Even if travelers have never heard of Glen Canyon, they have likely seen images. This location not only serves as the ideal rest area in between parks, but it also includes a variety of internationally renowned attractions on its own. Here is an overview of the marvelous Glen Canyon and some information on how to tour it.


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Discover The Splendor Of Glen Canyon

The Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, which stretches from the Grand Canyon at Lees Ferry in Arizona to the Orange Cliffs in southern Utah, is blessed with unusual geology, picturesque views, and proof of 10,000 years of human history. It is also the hub of Lake Powell, which is the second-largest man-made lake in the United States and one of the top boating attractions in the world.

The Grand Circle of Southwest national Park's epicenter, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, offers travelers unique and rejuvenating experiences. They may stay for an hour and visit Glen Canyon Dam, or they can extend their stay for a week and rent a houseboat or camp on the banks of Lake Powell. They can easily find themselves frequently returning since there are more than a million acres of lush hanging gardens, golden cliffs, astonishingly small slot canyons, and the brilliant blue enigma of Lake Powell to explore.

  • Most scenic places to see: Rainbow Bridge National Monument, Hole In The Rock, Cataract Canyon, The Golden Cathedral, and others.
  • Entrance fee:
    • Vehicle and boating entrance: $30 for up to 7 days
    • Motorcycle entrance: $25 for up to 7 days
    • Individual entrance: $15 for up to 7 days

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Explore Glen Canyon In Different Means

Cruise The Magnificent Lake Powell

In the national park, boating is the most popular activity. While it is possible to bring their own boat to Lake Powell, many tourists choose to rent powerboats, houseboats, and other watercraft from the marinas. Other water-related activities include kayaking, rafting the Colorado River, and lake cruises.

Hike The Splendid Trails

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area offers a vast number of paths to explore because of its vastness. Before starting their hike, tourists have to let others know where they are hiking and when they expect to return.

  • Recommendation: It is recommended to have more water than projected, especially during the heat.

Enjoy The Walk Around Horseshoe Bend

This roundtrip hike, one of the most well-known in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, follows the edge of a horseshoe-shaped canyon carved out by the Colorado River, which still runs below.

  • Best time: Late in the afternoon to see the sunset or early in the day to escape the anticipated throng.
  • Distance: 1.5 miles/2.4 Km

Hike The Hanging Gardens Trail

The roundtrip Hanging Gardens Trail is a very well-liked hiking route that is close to the Carl Hayden Visitor Center. It is easy enough for anybody to do.

  • Distance: 1.5 miles/2.4 Km

Discover Bucktank Draw and Birthday Arch Trail

Tourists may reach Birthday Arch via the out-and-back Bucktank Draw and Birthday Arch Trail, which also includes brief side trips to Mini Arch and a slot canyon. The path also lies close north of the Arizona-Utah border.

  • Distance: 4.2 miles/6.7 Km

Enjoy Lonely Dell Ranch Trek

This unsteady route near Lees Ferry is more of a self-guided tour than a trek and passes ranch buildings, a picnic spot, and an orchard where hikers may like picking ripe fruit.

Stroll Devil's Garden Trail

The Devil's Garden Trail off of Hole-in-the-Rock Road in Utah offers a somewhat simple trek across rocky and sandy terrain.

  • Distance: 1 mile/1.6 Km

Go On Scenic Drives

Highways 89A and 89 provide breathtaking panoramas of the canyon. However, as soon as tourists leave the blacktop behind, the scenery starts to get truly stunning. Travelers can choose to take Burr Trail or Hole-in-the-Rock Route. The first one is made up of both dirt and paved roads, some of which require four-wheel drive, especially when it is wet.

  • Distance: : 67 miles/ 107.8 Km

As for Hole-in-the-Rock Route, it begins in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument for the majority of its length and leads to the formation known as Hole-in-the-Rock on Lake Powell's western bank. A high-clearance two-wheel-drive car can travel the majority of the distance, but the final few miles need either bicycling, walking, or switching to a four-wheel-drive vehicle.

  • Distance: 62 miles/ 99.7 Km