Powell is the second largest man made reservoir in the United
States, after Lake Mead. With water levels at historic
lows, visitors can see rocks, cliffs and parts of canyons that
have not been visible to the human eye for decades. The
lake was formed when the Glen Canyon Dam was flooded, drowning
literally hundreds of canyons. Today all of our shared, multi day Grand Canyon
tours include a boat ride through these
canyons, so visitors can get a first hand look at the colorful
rock cliffs and shapes towering from the blue waters.
While most of Lake
Powell - approximately 183 miles of it - is in Utah, Glen Canyon Dam
and the small town of Page are in Arizona. Page was founded when
workers flocked to the area to help build the dam, and the fortunes of
the town were revived a few years later when a massive coal fired
power plant was built there. Our tours generally stop in Page
for the night, where you can dine at the local restaurants and
replenish your supplies.
Depending on the
route that the tour is taking, the road to Page often takes you through
Navajo Nation land, where you will have the opportunity of sampling fry
bread and Navajo Tacos, while you shop for turquoise jewelry from
roadside stands. You may
also travel alongside the Vermilion Cliffs, which radiate
amazing colors at sunset and sunrise.
that Glen Canyon Dam was a huge mistake, and are trying to get Lake
Powell emptied, but, agree or not, huge numbers of people every year
visit Lake Powell to see the spectacular sights.
The mountains that
generally provide the snow pack from which Lake Powell gets its water are in the
fifth year of a bad drought, with the lake's water level being almost 100 feet down from its highpoint. This means that there has not been a better time to see Lake Powell
since the area was flooded back in the 1960's.