Planning a Family Vacation to Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

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Location: Lake Powell, UT

Hours: 24 hours a day, 365 days a year

Fee: $35 7 day pass (per vehicle)

        $55 Glen Canyon annual pass

        $50 Glen Canyon annual vessel pass

        $80 America the Beautiful Pass


Glen Canyon National Recreation area covers 1.25 million acres, reaching from Page Arizona into the southern Utah desert. From viewing Horseshoe Bend to renting a boat on Lake Powell to touring Glen Canyon Dam, there is no shortage of activities in this beautiful area. 


High temperatures range from the low 40s in winter to near 100 in the summer, with winter lows in the 20s and summer evenings dropping to the 60s. Precipitation is around 6 inches a year.


Visit viewpoints: Horseshoe Bend can be viewed after a .75 mile walk from the parking lot. Make sure you wear sunblock and take water even for short walks. To view Glen Canyon Dam is even a shorter work from the parking lot off Scenic View Road in Page. There are also two backcountry roads – the 67 mile Burr Trail and the 63 mile Hole-in-the-Rock Road. Both roads are unpaved and unpatroled and are best traveled in a high clearance vehicle. Flooding is possible, especially in late summer and early fall, so be sure to check the forecast before beginning.

Take a hike: There are a variety of day hikes – from easy walks under a mile to longer, more difficult hikes, accessible from various areas in Arizona and Utah. You can learn more about them here

Spend time on the water: You can rent a motorboat or launch your own, go for a guided kayaking trip or head out in your kayak, fish from the shore and take a swim for a relaxing day on this 254 square mile lake surrounded by views of beautiful red rock. 

Learn: Become a Junior Ranger, take a guided boat or air tour, explore a Visitor Center, and tour Glen Canyon Dam.

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Glen Canyon National Recreation is very large with many remote, unpatrolled areas. Be sure to carry sufficient supplies, particularly water and fuel.

This area is desert, with very little shade. Wear a hat and sunblock and drink plenty of water.

Some viewpoints (such as Horseshoe Bend) have steep drop offs and no fencing. Be prepared if traveling with young children.

Be sure to check the website for permit information and to ensure visitor centers and tours are available when you plan to visit.

Page, AZ is a small city with several hotels, RV parks and restaurants as well as a Walmart, grocery stores and a hardware store to stock up on everything you need for your adventure.

picture at Glen Canyon

Check out our post on visiting Utah with Kids for more great places to visit.

If you can’t wait to visit but want to make the most of your time, join Family RV Caravans on one of our trips to Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and southern Utah. You will get to visit this stunning part of the country without the stress of planning – we do that for you! And our guides are experts in RVing, so you will have the opportunity to get all your RV and travel questions answered, while making friends with families with similar interests. What other vacation offers all of that?

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