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Glen Canyon Dam

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Page, Arizona 86040 USA

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Glen Canyon Dam

Arizona Highlights Day Trip: Antelope Canyon, Lake Powell and Glen Canyon with River Rafting

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“home of America's 2nd largest artificial lake”

Glen Canyon Dam is a concrete arch dam on the Colorado River in northern Arizona in the United States, just north of Page. The dam was built to provide hydroelectricity and flow regulation from the upper Colorado River Basin to the lower. Its reservoir is called Lake Powell, and is the second largest artificial lake in the country, extending upriver well into Utah. The dam is named for Glen Canyon, a colorful series of gorges, most of which now lies under the reservoir.

The dam was proposed in the 1950s as part of the Colorado River Storage Project, a U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (USBR) federal water project that would develop reservoir storage on the upper Colorado River and several of its major tributaries. The project's main purpose was to allow the upper basin to better utilize its allocation of river flow as designated in the 1922 Colorado River Compact, and a second purpose was to provide water storage to ensure the delivery of sufficient water to the lower basin during years of drought. However, problems arose when the USBR proposed to build dams in the federally protected Echo Park canyon in Utah. After a long series of legal battles with environmentalist organizations such as the Sierra Club, they settled for a high dam at Glen Canyon.Construction of Glen Canyon Dam started in 1956 and was not finished until 1966. When the reservoir filled, the dam began to deliver a steady, regulated flow of water downstream and a supply of electricity to the region. In 1983, major floods nearly led to the dam's collapse, but disaster was averted by a close margin. By taming floods and other factors that once characterized the Colorado, the dam has led to major physical and ecological changes in the lower river. Controversy continues over the effects both positive and negative of the dam, which has also been antagonized in many literary works.

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Reviewed by
lorene.perotti

  • 12 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
June 27, 2015
Rated 4.0

People always talo about houver dam but the Glen Canyon Dan is beautiful as Hoover Dam

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Reviewed by
Daryn Hillhouse

  • 49 Reviews
  • 77 Helpful
July 12, 2014
Rated 4.0

There is a parking area just off the main road which passes over above the damn wall.... it has a cracking viewpoint and you’ll be able to see all the activity on the damn wall and below.

The scenery is just amazing, the natural rock colours: red, yellow, brown and orange make for incredible photos... and on a still day their reflection on the water is just awesome.

If you have a bit of time, make sure you take the full tour :)

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Reviewed by
deniseslp

  • 7 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
August 20, 2016
Rated 5.0

Beautiful!!!!! We were unable to take the tour, but definitely well worth the stop!

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Reviewed by
HollyWoodTrip

  • 9 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
July 26, 2016
Rated 4.0

Impressive! Drive over the bridge, then park and walk alongside the road. Secure and fenced off walk on both sides of Route 89. View of the dam and the Colorado River.

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Reviewed by
AndynSue

  • 10 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
April 22, 2016
Rated 4.0

Saw it at night. Very impressive.

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Reviewed by
paulkilroy

  • 13 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
January 1, 2016
Rated 5.0

Go just north of the dam to "the beach" area. It was a great morning excursion.

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Reviewed by
Rocky Ratt

  • 15 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
October 18, 2015
Rated 4.0

I went on a tour here when I was about 10 years old, so my impressions may be a bit dated, but it was a good time going inside the dam and learning about how it all works. It's one of my fondest memories - and my best friend stayed up in the visitor's center because he was afraid the dam would collapse while we were in it. :P

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Reviewed by
brooklyn91791

  • 3 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
June 9, 2015
Rated 5.0

We did a Colorado River tour and it was wonderful. The guide was very knowledgable and showed us different areas of the canyon and told us what the locals call them.

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karalineE

  • 7 Reviews
  • 9 Helpful
June 2, 2015
Rated 4.0

Great view, fantastic feat of engineering and a great place to break from a long road trip.

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Reviewed by
Oscar

  • 8 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
April 1, 2015
Rated 4.0

Awesome view. Just don't get too close to the edge. There are no much sign on the way down there.

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Glen Canyon Dam

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
Page, Arizona
86040 USA

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