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Glen Canyon National Recreation Area-Lake Powell

Elevation: 3,700 feet (1,250 meters)

Contained within over 1800 miles of shoreline, Lake Powell is the heart of the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. Stretching 186 miles, it is the largest man-made lake in the world.

Halls Crossing and Hite, two of the five marinas on the lake, are in San Juan County; and all furnish fuel, fishing gear, groceries, general merchandise, boat rentals, water toys, and tours.

Although there are few marked trails, the sandstone cliffs and canyons invite short hikes. Boat tours to Rainbow Bridge National Monument leave daily from Halls Crossing Marina. For a bird's eye view, scenic flights are available at the Cal Black Memorial Airport, also at Halls Crossing. Campgrounds are operated by both the National Park Service and the concessionaire.

Fry Canyon, forty miles southeast of Hite Marina on Utah Highway 95, was once a busy hub of uranium mining.

The Charles Hall crosses daily between Halls Crossing and Bullfrog Marinas on a regular schedule. The ferry accommodates large motorhomes. Full services.

In the southeast corner of Utah, Lake Powell sparkles like a jewel in the heart of canyon country. The lake is an oasis of relaxation and adventure for millions of annual visitors seeking world-class fishing, boating, water sports, beaches, canyons, and scenery. Nearly 2,000 miles of shoreline surrounds the 186-mile long lake, the second largest man-made reservoir in the U.S. The lake was created in 1963 as part of the Glen Canyon Dam project, and is named for John Wesley Powell who led significant expeditions in the region during the 1860s.

Lake Powell sits at an elevation 3,700 feet and is surrounded by a dramatic backdrop of deep sandstone walls. The best way to see Lake Powell is from the water, whether taking a boat tour to Rainbow Bridge National Monument, exploring the intriguing lake canyons by sea kayak, renting a houseboat, or launching a private boat to fish for bass, crappie, and bluegill. Six marinas around the lake give access to Lake Powell.

At the northernmost end of the lake Hite Marina, accessible via Highway 95, offers limited services: a gas station, convenience store, restrooms, dump station, and primitive campground. Water levels are typically low so boat launching isn’t recommended, but the remote marina appeals to anglers. During high water, Hite offers boat access into Canyonlands and Cataract Canyon. River rafting down Cataract Canyon from Moab to Hite is a popular and thrilling adventure. Hite Crossing Bridge is the only bridge that spans Lake Powell. The two-lane bridge signifies the lake’s upstream limit and continues Highway 95 toward Blanding.

Even more services are available at Halls Crossing, at the end of Highway 276. The marina has a boat launch, gas station, grocery store, campground, beach access, and regularly scheduled ferry service on the Charles Hall Ferry Line. The ferry provides service to Bullfrog Marina where passengers can continue on Highway 276. Halls Crossing is named for Charles Hall, who built the ferry used by Hole-in-the-Rock pioneers in 1880. Now 35 miles upstream from its original location, Halls Crossing also offers daily sightseeing tours to Rainbow Bridge National Monument, the world’s largest known natural bridge.

Halls Crossing can be reached by taking Highway 276 from the intersection of Highway 95 near Natural Bridges National Monument. For more amenities, towns along Highway 95 such as Blanding, Bluff, and Monticello offer lodging, dining, shopping, and other services.

If it's difficult to imagine Rainbow Bridge's scale - 290 feet high and spanning 275 feet across - picture this: the U.S. Capitol building would fit beneath it. Rainbow Bridge is 42 feet wide and 33 feet thick at the top of the arch. More than 300,000 people around the world visit the monument each year, but Rainbow Bridge holds an especially sacred place in local Native American culture. Ancient Puebloans named the bridge Nonnezoshe, which means “rainbow turned to stone.” While it's possible to hike several hours to Rainbow Bridge through Navajo lands (permit required), most visitors arrive by ferry. The boat ride to Rainbow Bridge takes about two hours from Hall's Crossing, followed by a 1.25-mile hike from the Bridge Canyon wharf.

Although located in the Navajo Nation, Rainbow Bridge National Monument is administered by the National Park Service-Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.

Navajo Mountain Access:
Permits obtained from Navajo Nation Parks and Recreation

  • 14 mile (26 km) hiking trail
  • 13 mile (24 km) hiking trail

Lake Powell Access by boat:
Tours leave regularly from Halls Crossing Marina and other marinas.

  • No Visitor Contact Station
  • No Campground
  • Ranger Interpretive Programs - scheduled at the monument during the summer

Rainbow Bridge National Monument

Located on Utah 276, ten miles from Halls Crossing Marina on Lake Powell, this airport maintains a 5700-foot paved runway, a beacon, low/medium or high intensity runway lights, and a shuttle to the marina. The terminal building is staffed 24 hours a day by fixed base operator. There are twenty tie downs but no hangar facility. Lo Lead, Jet A, and automobile fuels are available. The airport is solar powered.

Identifier: U96
Radio Frequency: 123.0
Phone: 435-684-2419