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Glen Canyon and Lake Powell

Bob Moffit

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area offers more than 1.2 million acres of unparalleled opportunities for land- and water-based recreation. Within the recreation area, Lake Powell, is the second largest human-made lake in the United States, and is widely recognized as one of the premier boating destinations in the world. Stretching from the beginning of the Grand Canyon at Lees Ferry in Arizona to the Orange Cliffs of southern Utah, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area is graced with scenic views, unique geology and evidence of 10,000 years of human history.

Lake Powell Marinas

Things To Do

Encompassing over 1.2 million acres, there's no shortage of activities in Glen Canyon and Lake Powell. Choose from boating, fishing, hiking, camping, scenic drives and more.

Must-Do Lake Powell Guide

Winter in Lake Powell

Boisterous, water-splashing crowds spill into the high desert area for summer, but in the wintertime, lake life unveils its softer side — a serene scene for fishing, boating, hiking and off-roading. If undisturbed is what you seek, Lake Powell in the winter delivers.

Discover Winter at Lake Powell

Visitor Information

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area is open all year. Operating hours vary by season, check with the National Park Service for current hours.  All visitors are required to pay an entrance fee, and a separate boating pass is required for vessel launch. Pets on leash are permitted in most areas of Glen Canyon. 

For more information, there are multiple visitor centers that serve the Glen Canyon area. Find the visitor center closest to you:

Climate and Weather

In the summer (June-August), the Glen Canyon area is extremely hot (sometimes exceeding 110 F degrees) and the area offers little, if any, shade in the form of trees. Springtime (March-May) is difficult to predict and can also bring long periods of high winds. Fall weather (September-November) is typically nice and mild — a great season to avoid the heat and the crowds. Winter (December-March) can be chilly, and the temperature sometimes dip below freezing at night. (Read: How to Pack for Winter in Southern Utah)

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Blazing Sandals in North Lake Powell

Written By Melissa McGibbon

10 minute read

It’s not unreasonable or out of the ordinary to go UTVing, paddleboarding and canyoneering all in the same day (or weekend) at Lake Powell.

Southwestern, ATV and Off-road

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