Glen Canyon National Recreation Area Map Utah


Established in 1972, this National Recreation Area was created by damming up the Colorado River in Glen Canyon to create 186-mile-long Lake Powell. Although the headquarters are located in Arizona, almost all of the area is in southern Utah.

This is arid canyon country, with high buttes and mesas, deep canyons with precipitous cliffs.

Vegetation consists of desert varieties such as cactus and yucca. Wildlife includes deer, coyote, and fox.

Activities: There are many options for hikers and backpackers, but few established trails. Travel must be through canyons or cross-country.

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Mountain biking is limited to roads.

Canoeing and kayaking are possible on Lake Powell, and fishing is available. River trips through the Grand Canyon also begin here. Demand for these trips is so high that the required permit must be obtained up to several years in advance.

Camping Regulations: Camping is allowed throughout most of this National Recreation Area, except near public use areas. Campers are asked to choose sites which are free of vegetation, out of sight of trails, and at least 100 feet from water sources. A free permit is required to camp in the Escalante River area.

Campfires are generally allowed but strongly discouraged. A stove should be carried. Maximum group size is 12. Since summers tend to be hot, spring and fall are the best times to visit.

For Further Information: Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, P.O. Box 1507, Page, AZ 86040; (602)645-2511.

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