Glen Canyon Dam
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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.  Directions

Glen Canyon DamGlen Canyon Dam is located in Page Arizona, just a few miles south of the Arizona / Utah State Borders. 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

Carl Hayden Visitor Center at Lake PowellVisitor Center attractions include tours of the dam, exhibits, video shows and a relief map of the entire Glen Canyon area. There are restrooms and a bookstore.

Summer Hours (call for days) 8 am – 6 pm

Glen Canyon Dam Tours

At a cost of $5.00 per person, 45 minute Dam tours are available daily and provided by The Glen Canyon Natural History Association.

Carl Hayden Visitor Center at Lake Powell Dam ToursThe tour begins at the Carl Hayden Visitor Center with an elevator ride that will take you 528 feet deep into the interior of the dam. One stop along the tour is the gallery where a digital counter registers the money collected from the sale of power.

Tours are limited to 20 persons at a time including infants and children, and are offered on a first come first served basis. Reservations are available 24hrs in advance by visiting the Carl Hayden Visitor Center. No Bags, Purses, food or weapons of any kind including knives is permitted inside. As a Federal Power Plant Facility, Security is taken very seriously. Exceptions include clear water bottles, wallets and cameras.

For information about tour times
Call (928) 608-6072 

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