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Glen Canyon Dam to Lee's Ferry, AZ

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Difficulty 0.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance One Way 15 miles
Trailhead Elevation 3,123 feet
Avg Time One Way 1 day
Interest Ruins, Historic, Seasonal Waterfall & Perennial Creek
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Dogs not allowed
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1  2018-04-22 ssk44
16  2015-08-18 azbackpackr
15  2015-06-10 azbackpackr
24  2011-07-11 PaleoRob
16  2011-05-07 azbackpackr
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Seasons   Spring to Autumn
Sun  7:00am - 5:19pm
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Glen Canyon Dam
Glen Canyon Dam
0.4 mi away
0.5 mi
5 ft
Hanging Gardens - Page
Hanging Gardens - Page
0.4 mi away
1.4 mi
119 ft
West Rim Glen Canyon
West Rim Glen Canyon
0.5 mi away
3.0 mi
300 ft
Glen Canyon Dam Overlook
Glen Canyon Dam Overlook
0.6 mi away
0.2 mi
72 ft
The Ropes Trail
The Ropes Trail
1.0 mi away
3.5 mi
1,588 ft
Page Rim Trail
Page Rim Trail
1.2 mi away
8.0 mi
30 ft
John Wesley Powell Museum
John Wesley Powell Museum
1.5 mi away
Cardiac Canyon - Canyon X Loop
Cardiac Canyon - Canyon X Loop
1.6 mi away
7.0 mi
1,000 ft
Antelope Canyon via Lake Powell
Antelope Canyon via Lake Powell
3.2 mi away
7.0 mi
10 ft
Horseshoe Bend Overlook Trail
Horseshoe Bend Overlook Trail
3.8 mi away
1.5 mi
100 ft
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Floating on down the Colorado
by PaleoRob

Overview: Glen Canyon is a touchstone for western river runners. It evokes redrock canyons buried beneath the still blue waters of Lake Powell. Not all of Glen Canyon is submerged, however. 15 miles of the Colorado River runs through lower Glen Canyon between Glen Canyon Dam and Lee's Ferry. With a kayak, you can explore this remnant!


Warning: The canyon can be blazingly hot in the summer, and the water is hypothermia-inducing year round. There is very little shade anywhere along the river banks, and no place to get out of the canyon easily. Fishing boats and float trip tours can roar up and down the river creating wakes with little regard to a small kayak.

History: In 1963 the diversion tunnel gates at Glen Canyon Dam were closed, forever sealing the fate of Glen Canyon upstream of the new dam. Most river runners wrote all of Glen Canyon off as a loss, and moved on to the Grand Canyon, the Green, or other rivers here in the West. Not all of Glen Canyon was submerged though. Until 1980, when Lake Powell filled for the first time, much of the extreme upper reservoir was riverine. And, sitting just below the dam, stretched 15 miles of un-dammed Glen Canyon. This area can still be explored by those willing to get their kayak hauled up the river to near Glen Canyon Dam.

Hike: In order to kayak this stretch of river you need to have your kayak "backhauled" up towards the dam by the float trip concessionaire - Colorado River Discovery. They have information at their website http://www.raftthecanyon.com or they can be reached at 887-522-6644. Prices depend on the number of people and number of boats. Once you have been backhauled to the furthest upstream gravel bar, you will need to rig your kayak and shove off into the current. This is generally a one day trip with good flows, but it can be stretched out if you want to hike or fish.

Water Sources: You are on an unsilty river, but it is recommended that you bring all you need.

Camping: Several developed campsites can be found along the river banks. These are the only legal campsites in Glen Canyon.

Gate Policy: If a gate is closed upon arrival, leave it closed after you go through. If it is open, leave it open. Leaving a closed gate open may put cattle in danger. Closing an open gate may cut them off from water. Please be respectful, leave gates as found.

PaleoRob
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

    Permit $$
    NPS

    Glen Canyon Recreation Area National Park
    Glen Canyon Entrance Fee - 1-7 Day Vehicle Pass - $25

    Boat fees additional, follow provided NPS link above.


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    To kayak trip
    From Flagstaff, travel north on US89. Upon reaching the junction of US89/US89A at Bitter Springs, turn left onto US89A. Follow US89A north, and turn right after crossing Navajo Bridge, at sign pointing towards Lee's Ferry. A few miles down is a self-serve fee station for entrance. Follow this road down to the boat ramp (there are signs at junctions). Park in the gravel parking lot just past the boat ramp, and meet your backhaul down at the loading dock on the river. There is a campground at Lee's Ferry, and lodging nearby at Marble Canyon, Vermillion Cliffs, and Cliff Dwellers.
    page created by PaleoRob on Jun 05 2011 7:46 am
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