Glen Canyon Dam, Tonalea Coconino County

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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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  • We stopped to look at the dam, the pride of America. What to say ... whether it is the only monument in the district-would be cool, but against the backdrop of previously viewed impression. Although I give for granted-not ordinary, considering his age.
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  • The Glen Canyon Dam is a great place to visit. You can tour the dam and behind the dam is a great road running along Lake Powell. Spectacular views  more »
  • Worth a stop and visit as a great engineering work, which gave rise to Lake Powell. In addition to the visitor's Center (free, but closes at 17), deserves the vantage point downstream of the dam (on the Page) and you can also see Glen Canyon.
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  • Must see! Tours are only $5 per person and last about 45 mins to an hour. Very similar to the Hoover dam, but much cooler in temperature and just as beautiful. Tours are small and intimate. Tour guides are very polite, energetic, and knowledgeable. Great parking available - free access to parking and dam only need to pay for the tour if desired. They also have stations to refill water bottles.
  • Glen Canyon Dam is an amazing sight to see! We took the 45 minute tour of the facility and so happy that we did. Our tour guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. The tours are $5 per person and believe me when I say that you will not be disappointed. Best $5 spent!
  • I’m a Dam geek. So.... I found the Dam and the Dam bridge to be super cool! Only 5 bucks per adult and the tour lasts about 45 minutes. No advance purchase on the web etc. you have to go buy your tickets at the visitor center and we happened to get there at 1:30 and had no issues getting tickets for the 2:00 tour. You have to go through security and no bags are allowed. You can take water, phone, wallet sunglasses etc. Not a ton of walking and the elevator rides are super easy with the biggest elevators I’ve ever been in.
  • Pretty nice dam, with interesting architecture and many nice spot for taking photos. The visitors center is very informative. It is not a time consuming point of interest and absolutely worth a visit. There are also some shaded areas at the outdoor space, nice for relax.
  • We stopped here on a whim and it turned out to be amazing. We took the Dam Tour, it was about 45 minutes and cheap. I highly recommend it. They have tours that leave every half hour. Our 5 year old really liked it. The visitor center was really great and informative. They even had a Junior Ranger Program.

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