Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
P.O. Box 1507
Page, Arizona 86040
The Glen Canyon National Recreation Area lies in the midst of the country's most rugged canyon country and some of the most scenic backpacking country on the Colorado Plateau. Lake Powell, the second largest man-made lake in the United States, stretches for 186 miles along the old Colorado River channel with a shoreline of 1, 960 miles. The Recreation Area also contains the world's largest natural bridge. The Glen Canyon National Recreation Area is administered under cooperative agreements with the Bureau of Reclamation.
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1.2 million acres
$5.00 per vehicle, or $3.00 per pedestrian, bicyclist, or motorcyclist. See the Recreation Area Fees and Reservations page for more details.
The Recreation Area and roads are open daily, except The Chains and Sunset Hill overlooks, which are open during daylight hours only. See Recreation Area Operating Hours and Seasons for more details.
Bullfrog Visitor Center
From April through October, this Visitor Center is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Phone: 435-684-2243.
Bullfrog Medical Center
Open from the beginning of May through the beginning of October to handle both emergency and routine medical services. Phone: 435-684-2288.
Carl Hayden Visitor Center
This Visitor Center has a large-scale relief map of the Colorado Plateau region that can help you to orient yourself. Open daily all year except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with longer hours in the summer. Phone: 520-608-6405.
Escalante Interagency Visitor Center
Provides information for the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, and US Forest Service. Located in Escalante, this Visitor Center is open from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily, April through October; and 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, November through March. Phone: 435-826-4315.
Two ferries, the John Atlantic Burr and the Charles Hall, operate May through September between Bullfrog and Halls Crossing marinas at mid-lake, at State Route 276. During the rest of the year, one ferry operates. Owned by the State of Utah, the ferries accommodate a variety of vehicles on frequently scheduled daytime passages. Ferries accommodate up to 150 people and approximately 22 vehicles. The 3.2 mile, 27 minute, trip across the water saves up to 130 road miles. Basic fees range from $3.00 for adult walk-on passengers and $12.00 for vehicles less than 20 feet long. Phone: 435-684-7000 or 435-684-3088 (for recorded messages).
Navajo Bridge Interpretive Center
Near Lees Ferry, this Visitor Center features outdoor exhibits and a pedestrian walkway over the Colorado River. It is open April through November, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Phone: 928-355-2319.
- Bullfrog Visitor Center
- Bullfromg Medical Center
- Carl Hayden Visitor Center
- Escalante Interagency Visitor Center
- Ferry Service
- Navajo Bridge Interpretive Center
- Glen Canyon Dam and the Wahweap Marina are near Page, Arizona, on Highway 89.
- North sections of the area, Bullfrog, Halls Crossing, and Hite, and the Orange Cliffs, may be reached from Highways 95 and 276.
- Escalante is on Utah 12.
- Lees Ferry and the Navajo Bridge Interpretive Center are off of Highway 89A near Marble Canyon.
Map Coordinates (NAD83): 37 01.048N; 111 26.875W
- The area averages seven inches of precipitation per year, with low humidity.
- Summer temperatures averages range from the low 60s to the 90s, although the thermometer can sometimes exceed 100 degrees F.
- Water in the summer averages 75 degrees.
Regulations and Precautions
- Know and follow all boating safety and water quality regulations.
- Arizona or Utah state fishing or hunting license required.
- No pets at Rainbow Bridge.
- Hunting is allowed in restricted areas. State laws apply.
- Possession or use of loaded weapons, except when legally hunting, violates federal law. Water balloon launchers are considered weapons, and their use is prohibited. Fireworks are illegal.
- Backcountry Considerations
- Backcountry Emergencies
- Encountering Wild Animals
- National Park Service Restrictions and Regulations
- Pets in the Parks and Backcountry
Archaeological Resources Protection Act Hotline: 800-227-7286.