Glen Canyon Dam, Tonalea Coconino County

#49 of 494 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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  • It is worth a quick stop. You can park the car at the visitor center and walked on bridge to watch the dam and views. The visitor center also offer nice panoramic views as well as interesting informat...  more »
  • All i can say is wow men are great builders its clean and huge the was one of my favorite sites to visit in the USA. Great place for those instagram photos.  more »
  • Glad we stopped by here on our way to Vegas from Page I was not even aware of this. While going to Vegas from Page, AZ I crossed this bridge and saw Glen Canyon Visitor center. I stopped by and glad I did. It is a less famous version of Hoover Dam. See, its all about publicity. The Glen Canyon Dam was built in a similar manner to the more famous Hoover Dam. As such, it's quite similar in appearance. Glen Canyon Dam is upstream of Hoover Dam and impounds water for states in the Upper Colorado River Basin (Western Colorado, Utah, and New Mexico). The dam and the Carl Hayden Visitor Center, located just north of Page, serve both as the beginning and the end for this loop drive. The visitor center provides an excellent introduction to the rich history and prehistory of the area. Inside the visitor center, a small museum having pictures of famous Dam give you knowledge about Dams. This dam is the second highest in the United States. Glen Canyon surrounds Lake Powell, giving it a thousand miles of coastline, and making it a huge boating attraction. There is a lot more to see in this canyon though.
  • A masterpiece of American engineering. Walk over the Glen Canyon Dam bridge and enjoy the stunning view to the dam and down to the Colorado River. The Carl Heyden visitor center is also worth a visit. Guided tours are offered too.

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