Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Arizona & Utah – National Park Service

"...we have a curious ensemble of wonderful features - carved walls, royal arches, glens, alcove gulches, mounds, and monuments. From which of these features shall we select a name? We decide to call it Glen Canyon." – Major John Wesley Powell, August 3, 1869

With these simple words, Major Powell named a little known stretch of the Colorado River. It lay between the treacherous Cataract Canyon and the unknown Grand Canyon, and provided a brief respite for the weary explorers. 

Today millions enjoy Glen Canyon every year. Located along the Arizona-Utah border, Glen Canyon consists of 1.25 million acres of land and water – with Lake Powell only 13% of the park, most of the landscape is backcountry, of which 51% is proposed wilderness area. It is some of the harshest land in the country, but also some of the most beautiful. The recreation area stretches for hundreds of miles from Marble Canyon and Lees Ferry in northern Arizona to the Orange Cliffs of southern Utah, encompassing scenic vistas, geologic wonders, and a vast panorama of human history.

Glen Canyon has miles of red rock canyons that border the crystal waters of Lake Powell and the Colorado River. A tale of three worlds, Glen Canyon offers desert hiking, backcountry adventure, and water-based recreation on 15 miles of Colorado River and 186 mile-long Lake Powell held back by Glen Canyon Dam.

Visit the National Park Service website for Glen Canyon National Recreation Area here.