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Glen Canyon National Recreation Area Trails

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area: Rainbow Bridge National Monument

Stand under the world’s largest free-standing natural arch, a longtime icon in American exploration and Native American religion.

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area: Twilight Canyon

Experience a hands-on journey to the center of the earth on this 3-day, 29-mile trek through a slot canyon fantasyland.

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area: Clear Creek Canyon to Cathedral in the Desert

Stand below a giant sandstone altar recently revealed by the receding waters of Lake Powell on this 4-mile hike.

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area: Driftwood Canyon

This 300-foot narrow closes out the sky as it twists and turns for 4.1 miles. Rope recommended.

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area: Wetherill Canyon

Squeeze through 10.4 miles of sheer-walled sandstone passages.

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area: Mountain Sheep Canyon

This slot is one of the best–full of scrambles, pools, and chockstones. Bring a rope.

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area: Explorer Canyon

Venture into the lost world of the ancient Fremont people where smoke-stained grottos and some of the finest petroglyphs around highlight this 4-mile journey.

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area: Davis Gulch

Discover arches, rock art, and clues to the mystery of Everett Ruess on a 14.5-mile hike along the Escalante River.

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area: Mocqui Canyon

A lush 8.2-mile ramble past thousand-year-old Ancestral Pueblo ruins and find great camping underneath massive alcoves.

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area: Llewellyn Loop

Pioneer your own loop across virtually unknown, once-submerged benches on this 3-day, 17.3-mile cross-country trek following a remote route coveted by canyon junkies.

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area: West Canyon

Scramble, swim, and play in a swirling sandstone maze on this high-octane 6.4-miler for canyoneering fanatics. Bring rope and rappel gear.

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area: Twilight Canyon via Lake Powell

Experience a hands-on journey to the center of the earth on this 13.6-mile trek into a supreme slot canyon.

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area: Coyote Gulch via Crack in the Wall

Explore a network of canyons full of outlandish slots and arches from a primo weekend basecamp.

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area: Smith Fork

Hike 8.4 miles into an ecological orgy where the reservoir once ruled and now slot canyons open with new energy.

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area: Smith Fork via Lake Powell

This 13-miler starts with a paddle through a canal of sandstone then encounters multiple stellar slot canyons once used as Anasazi travel routes.

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area: Klondike Trail

Follow this newly revealed 1-mile prospectors’ route to a bonanza of slickrock panoramas. Camp near the rim to catch sunset over Navajo Mountain.

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area: Cha Canyon

This narrow sandstone wonderland is a gateway to unlimited off-the-grid backpacking near Navajo Mountain.

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area: Llewellyn Gulch Via Lake Powell

Explore the thin redrock hallways and rocky waterslides of a twisty gulch on this ambitious 11.2-mile paddle-hike.

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area: Oak Canyon

Find tranquility and seclusion on this 7.2-mile paddle-hike trip to a lonesome campsite.

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area: Mocqui Canyon via Lake Powell

This 6.7-mile journey ventures deep into the ancestral home of Pueblo cliff dwellers where you’ll camp in a living museum beneath long-lost, centuries-old ruins.

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area: Willow Gulch

This 10.6-mile trek into a meandering fantasyland visits Broken Bow Arch, the second largest natural span in North America. Pack a lightweight raft to explore downstream.

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area: Rainbow Trail

This 27-mile, 5-day trek circumnavigates Navajo Mountain and leads to Rainbow Bridge, the largest natural bridge in the world.

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area: Gunsight Canyon

Pack a rope and lots of water for Gunsight Canyon, because this parched southern Utah slot requires immediate rappel down a narrow pour-over.

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area: Ticaboo Creek

This hike explores a network of canyon forks anchored by scenic and isolated camping and reliable water sources in central Ticaboo Creek.

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  • Before the flooding of Glen Canyon, "Cathedral in the Desert" was considered by many to be the most beautiful canyon in all of Glen Canyon. In April 2005, it was possible to stand on a sand dune on the floor of this chamber for the first time since 1969. Reclaiming Glen Canyon
  • jd slideshow glen canyon 140x75 Gunsight Canyon, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, AZ