Glen Canyon National Recreation Area is a popular summer spot for hikers, boaters and backpackers in the Southwest. The area’s dominating feature is Lake Powell, a massive artificial lake created in the 1960’s by the construction of the Glen Canyon dam. Around the lake are plenty of Glen Canyon hikes, including the 5-day Rainbow Trail, that make for ideal backpacker material. Family hikers might enjoy Explorer Canyon, where surviving petroglyphs dot the grottos. Rainbow Bridge National Monument — one of the largest known natural bridges in the world — is administered by Glen Canyon. The monument is located within Navajo Tribal lands
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.
This 27-mile, 5-day trek circumnavigates Navajo Mountain and leads to Rainbow Bridge, the largest natural bridge in the world.
This hike explores a network of canyon forks anchored by scenic and isolated camping and reliable water sources in central Ticaboo Creek.
In spring 2006, BACKPACKER editors Jon Dorn, Peter Flax, and Kris Wagner joined a group of readers for a weekend of hiking and mapping in a remote slot canyon. (Photos by Jonathan Dorn)