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Glen Canyon National Recreation Area Headquarters Box 1507 Page, AZ 86040 520/608-6200 or 520/608-6404 Glen Canyon Natural History Association Box 581 Page, AZ 86040 520/645-3532
Location: Glen Canyon is located in southern Utah. Page, Arizona (520/645-2741) is the nearest sizable town, offering stores, motels, restaurants, churches, a hospital, and a museum just 2 miles from the dam and visitor center. There are also restaurants and lodging available at the larger marinas ~ such as Wahweap and Bullfrog Basin.
Getting There: Wahweap, the largest marina, lies near Page, Arizona, about three hours north of Flagstaff on U.S. 89. Halls Crossing is about two hours from Blanding, Utah, on UT 95 and UT 276. In summer, frequent ferries connect Halls Crossing to Bullfrog Basin Marina.
Seasonal Information: The area is one of extremes. Temperatures range from the 100s in the summer to below freezing in the winter. Winds are strong.
The lake is open year-round, but summer is filled with jet skiers and other noisy folks without enough sense to avoid the heat, which can last clear into September. Fall, with crystalline skies and golden leaves on side canyon trees, is also immensely appealing. Winter is mild, with an occasional dusting of snow to highlight the sculptured sandstone. Spring -- when the desert is blooming -- is an especially rewarding time to visit Glen Canyon.
For more information, contact Arizona Roads and Weather (520/779-2711), Utah Roads and Weather (801/964-6000) or National Weather Service (801/524-5133).
Wildlife: Bighorn sheep, coyotes, foxes, rats, mice, snakes, lizards, beavers, kangaroo rats, peregrine falcons, bald eagles, and other birds call Glen Canyon home. Make sure you get a free field checklist of the 270 species of birds of Glen Canyon. Ravens, eagles, hawks, owls, sparrows, and swallows are regular residents of the canyon country, where canyon wrens sing their unforgettable song.
For fishing information, call 800/695-3474.
Insects: Contact park office for information.
Plant Life: There are 730 species of plants in the area. Cactus, yucca, blackbrush, rabbitbrush, and grasses dominate desert plant communities. Spring or summer precipitation prompts sand lilies, fleabane, evening primrose, lupine, Indian paintbrush, and globe mallow to bloom. Pinyon and juniper trees grow at higher elevations.
Located 15.3 miles down the river from Glen Canyon Dam, Lees Ferry offers a ranger station, launch ramp, courtesy dock, and fish-cleaning station.
Wahweap Marina, 5.5 miles from the visitor center along Lakeshore Drive, is the largest marina and lodging facility in Glen Canyon. The concessionaire provides lodging, food services, gift shops, laundry, showers, and a service station. Full marina services, including buoys, boat rentals, tours, repairs, dry storage, and fueling, are available. The National Park Service provides a self-service ranger station, drinking water, restrooms, free boat pump-out stations, picnic area with grills, fish-cleaning station, and ranger programs in summer.
Halls Crossing, reached from Blanding, Utah, via state highways, offers a ranger station, free boat pump-out station, and launch ramp. The concessionaire provides lodging (housekeeping units), laundry, showers, store, and service station and offers full marina services (except boat tours).
Bullfrog Basin can be reached by paved highways from Hanksville, Utah, and offers a new visitor center with bookstore. The National Park Service also provides a launch ramp, free boat pump-out station, fish-cleaning station, picnic area, and a paved aircraft landing strip. The concessionaire provides lodging, food services, gift shop, stores, laundry, showers, and service station and offers full marina services.
There are restrooms, portable toilet dump stations, and boat pumpout stations at Bullfrog, Dangling Rope, Halls Crossing, Hite, and Wahweap. Vehicle-accessible dump stations are located at Bullfrog, Halls Crossing, Hite, Wahweap, and Lone Rock (Memorial Day through Labor Day only).
A regularly scheduled ferry (fee) runs between Halls Crossing and Bullfrog Basin. For more information, call 801/684-3000.
Parking: Contact park office for information.
Permits: Free permits are required in the Orange Cliffs (801-259-4351), Escalante (801/826-5499), and Eskolone (801-826-4315) areas. Fishing requires a state license.
Developed campsites run about $10 per night.
Leave No Trace: Stay on established roads and trails where they are provided, and avoid stepping on crusty desert soils, called cryptobiotic crusts. Microorganisms compose this crust and prevent soil erosion.
All LNT guidelines apply.
Maps: Maps are available at all marinas and visitors centers.
USGS topo maps for Glen Canyon (7.5 minute quadrangles)
Other Trip Options:
Paria Canyon Bureau of Land Management 318 North 1 East Kanab, UT 84741 801/644-2672
Grand Gulch Primitive Area Bureau of Land Management Box 7 Monticello, UT 84535 801/587-2141
Henry Mountains Bureau of Land Management Box 99 Hanksville, UT 84734 801/542-3461