Glen Canyon Dam. Perfect Pit Stop

This is a tale of three canyons.  Chances are you haven’t heard of at least one and maybe two.

Here’s what I plan to cover in this trip report, mostly in order:

After a breathtaking trek through Lower Antelope Canyon, we had just enough time to catch the last tour of the day at Glen Canyon Dam and hit the road.  Side note: in the summertime they’ll cancel tours if it gets too hot on the surface of the dam.  Tours book up quickly.

Located in Page, Arizona it’s only about a 15-minute drive from Lower Antelope Canyon.  You can easily explore the small museum and do the tour in just over an hour if you time it correctly.

The tour starts with a ride down an elevator to the top of the dam.  I couldn’t help take a picture of the elevator display and chuckle a bit.  Yes, I’m a 12-year old at heart.

Once out of the elevator, there are a number of pictures in the hallway of the construction of the dam.  I caught a bit of glare but they were really interesting to me to see how massive a project this was.

Once on the surface of the dam, you can see for miles.  The rock bordering the river details the rising and falling water levels.  The river was quite low during our visit.  It wasn’t down to dangerous levels but was definitely concerning for the dam operators.  There were some artifacts from construction and repair on display.  And, if you looked real closely, you could see the double yellow line left over from when the dam was the main river crossing during the construction of the bridge.

An elevator ride takes you down to the grass-topped surface of the dam’s hydroelectric plant.  We spent 10 or 15 minutes learning about how the dam operates and watched workers rebuilding one of the turbines.

The Final Two Pennies

The tour guides were informative, walking us through the history of the dam.  They were ready to answer questions for the kids about construction, power, water flow and more.  We paid roughly $6 a head for the 45-minute tour.  If you’re looking for a short, educational activity that won’t bore your kids while at Lake Powell, Glen Canyon Dam fits the bill.

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