Lake Powell

Lake Powell was formed when the Glen Canyon Dam was built in 1963. It is technically the start of the Grand Canyon on the other side of Glen Canyon Dam.

Lake Powell is known for its beautiful scenery of red sandstone and shimmering blue water and numerous outdoor adventures 

Plan Your Visit​

Day 1: 

  • Morning: Leave Phoenix early and head to Lake Powell. It is about a 4 hour drive to Page (the closest town) from Phoenix. 
    • On the way checkout Horseshoe Bend. There is a small fee to get in, but it is worth it.
    • Book a tour to see Antelope Canyon. Tours full?
    • Check out our blog post about paddling at Lake Powell 
  • Camp at Lone Rock Beach 
    • This is a great area for camping and is quite picturesque. Any beach area around Lake Powell is open to camping which is why it is such a great place to take a van. It is surrounded by the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area as well as Grand Staircase Escalante. Both allow for dispersed camping without a permit or reservations.  

Day 2: 

  • Hire a guide or rent a 4×4 SUV for a day trip to Alstrom Point. 
    • This road absolutely requires 4×4 / high clearance and cannot be done in a van. The views from Alstrom Point are BREATHTAKING. It is worth the effort and the drive. 
    • Bring an ice chest and have a picnic at Alstrom point. You will want to spend some time there soaking up the views.  
    • If you want to add in another drive, head up to the Smoky Mountain Overlook.  
    • Taking a drive not your thing? Rent a boat for the day or hire a guide to take you out to one of the many incredible views on the water. Go see Rainbow Bridge. 

Day 3: 

  • Book a paddleboarding trip from Glen Canyon Dam to Lee’s Ferry 
    • See Horseshoe Bend from the bottom of the Canyon. There are a few companies that will take you up river to the dam and then you can spend the day floating back down to Lee’s Ferry. The drive to Lee’s Ferry itself is worth it. This is the launching point for the Grand Canyon rafting trips. 
    • Not into paddleboarding? Rent a Kayak or get a fishing guide. The river is stocked with rainbow and brown trout. 
  • Camp at Lee’s Ferry Campground 
    • Paddling down the river takes most of the day, the campground at Lee’s Ferry is right next to the river. There are 54 campsites. No reservations needed. For more information click here. 

Day 4: 

  • Meander back to Phoenix 
  • Stop by Navajo Bridge and Marble Canyon for some more incredible views. Grab a beer in Flagstaff at Mother Road Brewing and some pizza from Pizzicletta. 

Have more time? 

Possible add ons:

  • Try to get a walk-in permit for The Wave. This is an Arizona icon that is nearly impossible to get permits. Want to know the trick to getting a permit? Get them the day before. 
    • Drive to Kanab – this is the town closest to The Wave. There are ample hikes and cool things in the area to see including:
      • Buckskin Gulch 
      • Paria Canyon 
      • Coral Pink Sand Dune State Park 
  • Boondock in Grand Staircase Escalante 
    • Download the ioverlander app and find some really great spots just outside of Big Water or Page to park for the evening, enjoy the views of the lake and the desert. 
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