Glen Canyon Dam, Tonalea Coconino County

4.4
#45 of 403 in Parks in Arizona
Claiming the title of the second highest concrete-arch dam in the United States, Glen Canyon Dam is best known for its role in the creation of Lake Powell, a large reservoir that has become a haven for water recreation and house boating. The dam has a controversial past, as it destroyed an area of federally protected land upon its creation. Take a guided tour and hear the story of the battle between the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and the environmental organizations that protested it. Learn how the engineers designed the 220 m (710 ft) dam to deliver massive amounts of hydroelectric power to large areas of the West. Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Tonalea Coconino County trip simple and quick.
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  • The Glen Canyon Dam is definitely worth stopping at! The visitor center is full of history of the area as well as the history of building the dam. You can view the dam from inside the visitor center, ...  more »
  • Yup, it’s a dam. Dams are pretty neat. Took some nice pictures. The End. More words to get to the minimum required...  more »
  • On my way north out of the grand canyon area I took a moment to enjoy the view from the visitors center and walk through the miniature muesum. Good place to stretch your legs and use a clean bathroom ...  more »
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  • We very much enjoyed our visit. The dam and scenery are fantastic. The red rock, blue water, and big sky almost take your breath away. The excellent assortment of books for sale in the visitor center bests any I have seen elsewhere.
  • This dam really is just as impressive as the Hoover Dam, next time I return I'm going to take the guided tour. I highly recommend parking at the visitors center and walking back over the bridge to take in the sights
  • What an incredible piece of engineering. The scale of this dam is awe inspiring. It is hard to take in the scale of this place when you stand at the midway point and look down and then out to the electricity generation area. The visitor centre is full of interesting info and makes for a great family day out. Well worth a visit if you are in the area.
  • Beautiful and informative place. The tour guide Paul was very very informative and gave as much as information he can. From bridge Dam looked bit tiny where as when we were in Visitor center and on the tour DAM was HUGE. And beautiful views. Definitely worth the visit. Tours available on hourly basis and they charge 5$ per person.
  • A damn impressive dam, I was surprised that I never heard of it. I drove over it in the middle of the night en route to Page, AZ and didn't see it until the next day and I was delighted. I found it to be just as impressive as the Hover Dam though not as big, but in a way more-so due its remote location. Definitely visit the nice little dam museum, and if there's a dam tour, I'd take that dam thing too.

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