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Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area - Utah

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A place of stunning beauty and stark contrasts, Lake Powell and the recreation area surrounding it were created in 1972 with the damming of the Colorado River at Glen Canyon Dam. The huge reservoir stretches for 186 miles from Canyonlands National Park to the Arizona border. The area is a photographer's heaven with its combination of water and rock, providing unlimited opportunities for artful shooting, particularly if you have a boat to get out onto the lake, where rock islands and steeply walled inlets abound. It is also a very popular area for boating, including the very popular houseboating, plus fishing for bass, walleye (pickerel), catfish, and black crappie.

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Getting There

Three highways intersect Glen Canyon. At the extreme south end of the recreation area, U.S. Highway 89 leads east from Kanab to Page (Arizona), site of the Glen Canyon Dam. The northern route is the Bicentennial Highway (Utah Hwy. 95), which crosses the lake at Hite Crossing. In the middle area, Utah Highway 276 runs to the water with the John Atlantic Burr Ferry crossing the reservoir, cutting 130 miles off the route from Hall's Crossing to Bullfrog Marina. The latter route is the most popular, and there are visitor services on both sides of the ferry crossing. The ferry is capable of holding cars with trailers and motorhomes. It operates year-round, with enhanced service during the prime season.

On The Water

Boating is the big activity at the reservoir, and there are five large marinas located along the waterway. Bullfrog Marina (the largest marina in Utah) is 70 miles south of Hanksville. Wahweap Marina is 7 miles north of Page. There are lodges with overnight accommodations at both marinas. Other marinas are located at Hite, and Halls Crossing (across the lake from Bullfrog).. There is no charge for entering the recreation area, and the prime season runs from late March to late October. There are seven information centers in the area. The only year-round visitor center is at the Glen Canyon Dam near Page, but the visitor center at the Bullfrog Marina is open most of the year. Interpretation programs are given during the summer months at campgrounds in the Bullfrog and Wahweap areas.


Those who prefer to use their legs instead of a motorboat have three good trails to hike. Escalante Canyon offers several trails leading from the Highway 12 turnoff. Grand Gulch Trail begins at the Kane Gulch Ranger Station and leads into a deep canyon that has been the site of archeological digs. Dark Canyon is located off Highway 95. The hiking opportunities here are many, with 55 miles of trails leading from trailheads off dirt roads.

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Glen Canyon Camping
There are two campgrounds in the area, both open year-round. Bullfrog Basin Campground (435-684-2243) has 86 sites but no dump station or showers. It does offer swimming, boat rentals, and a boat ramp. Halls Crossing Campground (435-684-2249) has 65 sites with hookups, dump station, and toilets, but no showers.

Nearby Places

Monument Valley
Arches National Park
Canyonlands National Park
Capitol Reef National Park
Grand Canyon North Rim (Arizona)

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