My Images of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
I was browsing through some photos on my computer and discovered our Images of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, and just had to share them with you. A few years ago, on one of family camping road trips into the United States, we ventured down to this beautiful National Recreation Area which embraces the States of Utah and Arizona.
With over one million acres of absolutely stunning scenic recreation area for you to enjoy, this part of the country is a must see destination if you love the beauty and serenity of the great outdoors.
These images were taken during our wonderful afternoon rafting down the calm and peaceful waters of Glen Canyon.
Glen Canyon Dam and Page Arizona
A great place to spend time and begin your adventures is in and around the City of Page in Arizona. The city is situated on the very northern part of Arizona, bordering the State of Utah. It started as a home base and camp for the many workers constructing the Glen Canyon Dam in the area. Today, it is a popular tourist destination for those like us, here to enjoy all that the National Park has to offer.
One of the many attractions and one worth visiting is the Glen Canyon Dam. We enjoyed the tour and our raft adventure started from the base of the dam. Be sure to return, as I will be posted photos of our tour of this attraction and operating dam.
Rafting Down the Colorado River
Our guided river trip down the beautiful Colorado River started at the foot of the Glen Canyon Dam, where you really get the feel of just how large the dam is. In fact, the dam rises 700 feet above from the river’s edge!
Here, we began our peaceful journey down the gentle waters and towering canyons on either side. As we made our way down the river, you really began to get a feel of the peace and serenity this part of the country offers visitors.
Our guide kept us well informed on the history of the area and the original native people of the area, information on the sandstone cliffs around us, the wildlife, past exploration completed by Major John Wesley Powell, and the importance of the Colorado River for water supply and power source for millions from the dam.
Ancient Petroglyphs Still Visible
During our journey we were able to make a brief stop to view ancient petroglyphs left by the Ancestral Puebloan people. It gave you a sense of what life must have been like for these people living in this region years ago, relying on the river and wildlife for survival.
As we continued further down the river, things began to get even more peaceful and quiet, without a sound to be heard. This, together with the amazing scenery surrounding you, made the trip definitely worthwhile. It’s so nice to get away from the everyday noise and activity of our daily lives and get a chance to feel nature in its natural state.
The Spectacular Red Cliffs of Glen Canyon
As we slowly and peacefully made our way down the river, you simply become awe struck by the beautiful towering red cliffs surrounding you. The scenery is simply spectacular, and there’s no better way to enjoy it than on a calm water rafting adventure like this!
The Frigid Waters of the Colorado River
In the summer, the temperatures do get extreme in this part of the world and one thing we did get to do, for those so inclined is take a quick dip. I’m always game for something new, so my kids and I took that quick plunge in the river just to say we did!
Refreshing, but very very cold! 🙂
It wrapping up here, if you love the outdoors and camping, then a stay in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area in either Utah or Arizona is a must. We planned our stop during our family camping holiday, taking in the Grand Canyon and a visit to Las Vegas, Nevada.
There are so many beautiful places to discover in the United States and getting off the beaten path and finding such places as this, make it all the more worthwhile.
Below, I have included a website link to the National Park Service giving you more detailed information on Glen Canyon.
Have you visited Glen Canyon?
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