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Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
"...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, Aug. 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. It is some of the harshest land in the country, but also some of the
most beautiful. 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 and backcountry adventure, as
well as convenient access to unparalleled beauty in Lake Powell, and a pristine river environment below the dam.
Glen Canyon NRA News Release: GRIT Program Completes Second Year.