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Must-Do Lake Powell Guide

Learn more about Lake Powell's top activities


Lake Powell in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area is one of the premier boating destinations in the world. Wahweap is the most active center for boat excursions on Lake Powell, including the popular trip to Rainbow Bridge National Monument, but several other marinas and launch points exist. In addition to power boats and houseboats, kayaks and sailboats also enjoy the waters of Lake Powell. No boat? No problem because boats and other boating equipment are available for rent. See our Boating Guide for more information on the boating opportunities on Lake Powell.

Scenic Driving

There are several roads that traverse the area and offer superb scenic driving opportunities.

Glen Canyon Dam
As you drive southeast of the town of Big Water on U.S. 89 toward Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, the views open up. The landscape here looks like the Monument Valley area of southeastern Utah: flat desert dotted with eroded mesas and spires. 

Burr Trail
This un-paved route is mostly outside Glen Canyon National Recreation Area but has several miles inside the boundary as the road nears Bullfrog. In dry weather it is accessible to passenger cars. Learn more

Hole in the Rock Road
This un-paved road is due north of the lake and mostly within the recreation area, but requires four-wheel drive and backcountry driving experience. Learn more



Fishing in Lake Powell is superb and varied. Numerous species of fish can be pursued and supplies can be purchased at local marinas. For a complete description of the fishing opportunities on Lake Powell, check out our Fishing Guide.


Glen Canyon National Recreation Area is not known for developed, maintained hiking trails. However, off-trail hiking is available just about everywhere. Just bring plenty of water and navigation tools. Read our list of top hikes in Lake Powell

Southern Utah is also renowned for its more technical hikes through slot canyons. Here's an introduction to the canyoneering of the area.