United States

Arizona – The Grand Canyon State


National Parks

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area


Glen Canyon National Recreation Area which is in Utah and Arizona is a must visit place if you are around Page. The area is a recreation and conservation unit of the National Park Service that includes the Lake Powell surrounding area and lower Cataract Canyon area in Utah and Arizona. The incredible view of an iconic Horseshoe Bend is just 5 miles away. If you have plans to visit Zion, Bryce, or Grand Canyon National Park, do not forget to include Glen Canyon National Recreation Area in your itinerary.

These photos are from our visit to Glen Canyon National Recreation Area on our way to Grand Canyon National Park during the last week of September 2014.

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Quick Facts and Tips

  • Best time to visit: Mid March to Mid October
  • Fly into
    • Phoenix and Las Vegas: Good deals and major international airports, five hours drive to Page
    • Flagstaff and Page: Closest, small airports and limited flights
  • Clothing
    • Comfortable pants, t-shirts, shorts, tank tops, jackets, hats, sunscreens, comfortable boots or other sturdy closed-toed shoes. It is cool in the winter months, so plan to dress in layers
  • What to Expect
    • The Canyons, Colorful bluffs-mesas-buttes, Horseshoe shaped engraved ramble,  Man-made reservoir, Marinas, Dam
  • For the current road conditions/closures and opening hours check the Park Website
  • Places to go
    • Horseshoe Bend, Lake Powell Marinas, Lees Ferry, Glen Canyon Dam
  • Best things to do
    • Visit Horseshoe bend and enjoy the breathtaking view of the horseshoe-shaped engraved curve of the Colorado River. This place is located near the town Page, Arizona, and 5 miles from the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. The hike to the Horseshoe bend is about a 1.5 mile round trip. The trail is short but challenging during the day because of the direct sunlight. There is no shade through the hike and take extra caution as there are no barriers at the edge. Carry enough water. There will be an entry fee of $10 per vehicle. More info here
    • Enjoy a joyful boat ride on the long and winding Lake Powell
    • Enjoy a water float trip on the Colorado River for an inside view of the canyon
    • Book a tour and visit Glen Canyon Dam
  • Nearby Attractions