While visiting Page, Arizona, I decided to spend an afternoon exploring the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. Two thoughts immediately came to mind once I began driving around – I wished I had a boat and more time to explore! My next trip will include both :)
Glen Canyon encompasses an unbelievable area of 1.2 million acres. There is plenty to see and do on and around Lake Powell, hugging the Arizona and Utah border.
- Hanging Garden – this one mile, round trip hike takes you to a Hanging Garden on the mesa top above the Colorado River and Lake Powell.
- Antelope Point – lacking in trails, this area offers the opportunity for open exploration through slick rock formations.
- Bucktank Draw and Birthday Arch – again, this route is relatively open for exploration with a trail to the arch, and scrambling/trekking beyond. The arch is approximately 1.5 miles from the road, with a slot canyon visible from the arch.
- Cottonwood Road – various hiking opportunities are available in this area, including Hackberry Canyon, Yellow Mountain, Cottonwood Canyon Narrows, the Cockscomb, and Grosvenor Arch. Established trails and hiking guides are available and recommended.
- Paria Rimrocks | Toadstool Trail – a 1.5 mile round trip hike leading through hoodoos and balanced rocks. Pick up a map at the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Visitor Center in Big Water.
Recommended Scenic Drives
- Burr Trail – the road that connects the painted rock country of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Capitol Reef National Park and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. The drive through Utah offers amazing views, rock formations, canyons and desert goodness.
- Hole-in-the-Rock Road -this road travels from Escalante to the Hole-in-the-Rock on the western shore of Lake Powell. The drive is 62 miles, one way, with only the last five miles technically located in Glen Canyon.
- Lone Rock Beach – deemed a popular camping and swimming area, Lone Rock Beach offers a close view of Lone Rock (pictured above).
When I find myself living back out west, I plan to spend a nice amount of time exploring this area. If you have any recommendations from your own visits, I would love to hear them!