Travel & Outdoors | 15 February 2017Backroads of Arizona: Glen Canyon Share article facebook twitter google pinterest The Grand Canyon is not the only canyon in you’ll find in Arizona. 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. If you can, take a whole day to explore! Learn more in Backroads of Arizona. Located in a vast desert wilderness of stunning natural beauty, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, with Lake Powell as its centerpiece, is an aquatic oasis of the modern era. Even with the current drought that has dramatically lowered water levels to expose canyons submerged since closure of the Glen Canyon Dam gates in 1963, it remains a boating enthusiast’s paradise. More than one thousand miles of shoreline with secluded beaches shaded by towering walls of colorful stone and monoliths are but a few of the gems awaiting discovery. This is a land of truly awe-inspiring natural beauty amply sprinkled with historic sites. The list of Lake Powell sites worthy of a visit could fill a book unto itself. If you’re able to visit only one, make it Rainbow Bridge. At 290 feet, Rainbow Bridge is the world’s tallest stone arch, and it serves as an awe-inspiring frame for a panorama of incomparable natural beauty. The creation of Lake Powell did more than submerge miles of scenic canyon lands; its waters covered numerous historic sites, including the Vados de los Padres (“Crossing of the Fathers”) used by Fathers Francisco Atanasio Dominguez and Silvestre Velez de Escalante during their expeditions in 1776. 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. The dam, the second highest in the United States, seems oddly dwarfed by the immensity of the land that surrounds it. One of the highlights of any visit to the area is renting a houseboat and using it to seek out the innumerable treasures buried within the surrounding canyons. Exploring a vast desert labyrinth surrounded by trackless wilderness in near total isolation, yet with all the comforts of home in easy reach, is an experience not easily forgotten. Drivers should be aware that in summer months temperatures often exceed 100?F here; and during winter months, snow and even occasional blizzards are common. Winter snows serve as stark contrast to the kaleidoscope of colors that otherwise dominate the land. During summer rains, when cloud shadows dance across the plains and towering thunderheads loom on the horizon, the sky captivates and overwhelms the senses. Buy from an Online Retailer US: UK: Explore the wide open spaces of Arizona with this guide to roads less traveled and awe-inspiring sights less seen.Backroads of Arizona guides you into the heart of Arizona’s sun-shiny beauty and fascinating history. In this thoroughly updated edition, you’ll find twenty-five driving tours and adventures that take you off the beaten path to stunning landscapes and breathtakingly beautiful vistas. Marvel at the multicolored hues of the Painted Desert and the jaw-dropping majesty of the snowcapped San Francisco Peaks. Wander into a sky-high forest of regal ponderosa pines and quaking aspens near Flagstaff, scan the deep blue waters of Lake Havasu on the western border, and feel dwarfed by the incredible Grand Canyon. With scenic drives in all corners of the state, Backroads of Arizona offers insight into Arizona’s rich history, from the Spanish conquistadors seeking the legendary cities of gold to the Wild West shootout at Tombstone’s OK Corral. Thanks to the maps and directions to the Grand Canyon State’s unique scenic, historic, and cultural attractions, you can explore prehistoric cliff dwellings, hike to see a mountainside of cacti in bloom, or get your kicks on Route 66. This second edition includes new routes along timeless roads, with fresh images and pithy stories of what can be found along the way. Discover something off the beaten path, and make memories you’ll never forget. Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.