“home of America's 2nd largest artificial lake”
Glen Canyon Dam is a concrete arch dam on the Colorado River in northern Arizona in the United States, just north of Page. The dam was built to provide hydroelectricity and flow regulation from the upper Colorado River Basin to the lower. Its reservoir is called Lake Powell, and is the second largest artificial lake in the country, extending upriver well into Utah. The dam is named for Glen Canyon, a colorful series of gorges, most of which now lies under the reservoir. The dam was proposed in the 1950s as part of the Colorado River Storage Project, a U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (USBR) federal water project that would develop reservoir storage on the upper Colorado River and several of its major tributaries. The project's main purpose was to allow the upper basin to better utilize its allocation of river flow as designated in the 1922 Colorado River Compact, and a second purpose was to provide water storage to ensure the delivery of sufficient water to the lower basin during years of drought. However, problems arose when the USBR proposed to build dams in the federally protected Echo Park canyon in Utah. After a long series of legal battles with environmentalist organizations such as the Sierra Club, they settled for a high dam at Glen Canyon.Construction of Glen Canyon Dam started in 1956 and was not finished until 1966. When the reservoir filled, the dam began to deliver a steady, regulated flow of water downstream and a supply of electricity to the region. In 1983, major floods nearly led to the dam's collapse, but disaster was averted by a close margin. By taming floods and other factors that once characterized the Colorado, the dam has led to major physical and ecological changes in the lower river. Controversy continues over the effects both positive and negative of the dam, which has also been antagonized in many literary works.
There is a parking area just off the main road which passes over above the damn wall.... it has a cracking viewpoint and you’ll be able to see all the activity on the damn wall and below.
The scenery is just amazing, the natural rock colours: red, yellow, brown and orange make for incredible photos... and on a still day their reflection on the water is just awesome.
If you have a bit of time, make sure you take the full tour :)
People always talo about houver dam but the Glen Canyon Dan is beautiful as Hoover Dam
The visitor center is a lot of fun! We didn't make it to a tour but the center's displays were informative and engaging. The views of the dam and the bridge were wonderful too!
Very cool museum with observation window overlooking the dam. It was beautiful and it was cool to eat at the Dam Bar and Grille. I definitely had fun.
Beautiful!!!!! We were unable to take the tour, but definitely well worth the stop!
Impressive! Drive over the bridge, then park and walk alongside the road. Secure and fenced off walk on both sides of Route 89. View of the dam and the Colorado River.
Saw it at night. Very impressive.
Go just north of the dam to "the beach" area. It was a great morning excursion.
I went on a tour here when I was about 10 years old, so my impressions may be a bit dated, but it was a good time going inside the dam and learning about how it all works. It's one of my fondest memories - and my best friend stayed up in the visitor's center because he was afraid the dam would collapse while we were in it. :P
We did a Colorado River tour and it was wonderful. The guide was very knowledgable and showed us different areas of the canyon and told us what the locals call them.
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Glen Canyon Dam
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