An Overview of Lake Powell, Utah
The otherworldly terrain featured in the movie Planet of the Apes is right here - an amazing lake with 2,000 miles of shoreline, hidden canyons and private campsites, all completely accessible by boat.
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Glen Canyon National Recreation Area - Lake Powell - Named after the Civil War veteran John Wesley Powell, Lake Powell is the principal attraction of the area. The lake backs against more than 90 major canyons, with an overall length of 186 miles and an estimated 1,960 miles of shoreline, longer than the whole western coast of the continental United States.
Glen Canyon Dam - Construction of the 587-foot dam began in 1956 and was completed in 1963. It took 17 years before reaching "full pool" in 1980. Free guided tours are provided of the dam and power plant.
For more information, contact the Carl Hayden Visitors Center at (520) 608-6404.
Glen Canyon Bridge - At 700 feet above the Colorado River, this is the second-highest steel-arch bridge in the world.
Rainbow Bridge National Monument - Rainbow Bridge is the largest natural bridge in the world. Carved of red Navajo Sandstone, the bridge is 290 feet tall and 270 feet across. It is considered sacred in Navajo culture as a symbol of deities responsible for creating clouds, rainbows and rain.
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CITIES WITH ACCOMMODATIONS
Wahweap, Bullfrog, and Hite Marinas - Known as the "houseboat capital of the world", the ultimate experience of Lake Powell is by houseboat. Houseboat accommodations cover a wide range starting with top-of-the-line versions, central air conditioning, two bathrooms, private staterooms and many extras. Other lodging options at Lake Powell include onshore lodges, housekeeping units and motel rooms. Full service marinas are at Wahweap, close to the dam, Bullfrog, mid lake and Hite on the northern end of the lake. For all visitor services, contact Lake Powell Resorts and Marinas.
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RESTAURANT SUGGESTIONS UNIQUE TO THE AREA
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Rainbow Room - Wahweap Marina - This glass-walled restaurant at the lodge offers a full menu of fine dining with a spectacular view of Wahweap Bay. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Anasazi Restaurant - Bullfrog Marina - Adjoining the Defiance House Lodge, this setting allows a panoramic view of Bullfrog Bay.
Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Box Lunches - For boaters at Wahweap and Bullfrog, box lunches are available with advance notice. Order from the front desk the night before.
ROUTING TO ADJACENT DESTINATIONS
Drive times adjusted for local speed limits.
Destination - Kanab: From Wahweap Marina, proceed west on U.S. 89 to Kanab. Distance: 72 miles - 1 hour 15 minute drive time.
Destination - Blanding - Trail of the Ancients - via Monument Valley: From Wahweap Marina, proceed south on U.S. 89 to Page, Arizona. From Page, proceed south on Arizona Route 98 to U.S. 160. Continue East on Arizona Route 160 to U.S. 163 and north through Monument Valley to Bluff, Utah and the junction of U.S. 191. Proceed north on U.S. 191 to Blanding, Utah. Distance to Monument Valley: 134 miles - 2 hours 30 minutes drive time. Distance from Monument Valley to Blanding: 75 miles - 1hour 30 minutes drive time. Total drive time from Wahweap Marina, Lake Powell to Blanding - four hours.