Glen Canyon Dam
Glen Canyon Dam was completed in 1964, taming the waters of the Colorado River and creating massive Lake Powell, a popular recreation area along the Utah/Arizona border. Lake Powell is about 186 miles long and attracts almost 3.5 million visitors a year.
The Carl Hayden Visitor Center is located above the Glen Canyon Dam.
The dam is located at Page, Arizona, just a few miles south of the Utah border. It was constructed to allow electrical power generation, store water for the arid southwestern United States, and provide recreation opportunities.
It is a concrete arch dam with a crest length of 1,560 feet. It contains 4,901,000 cubic yards of concrete. The dam is 25 feet wide at the crest and 300 feet wide at the maximum base. Construction started in 1956 and was completed in 1964. The dam was dedicated in 1966 by Ladybird Johnson.
Lake Powell took 17 years to fill to full pool. The lake has a storage capacity of 27,000,000 acre-feet, making it the second largest man-made reservoir in the US.
Carl Hayden Visitor Center at Glen Canyon Dam
Open Daily 9am-4pm
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day
Visitor Center attractions include exhibits, video shows and a relief map of the entire Glen Canyon area. There are restrooms and a bookstore.
Glen Canyon Dam Tours
The Glen Canyon Dam tours are suspended until further notice.