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Glen Canyon National Recreation Area




Check the History page for a brief history of the area and photos of the construction of Glen Canyon Dam, Page and the surrounding area.


Page, AZ


Page, Arizona is the only town of any size near Lake Powell. It is two miles from Glen Canyon Dam on U.S. Highway 89. Page was founded in 1957 during the construction of Glen Canyon Dam. Page offers full visitor services including health care needs, auto and boat repair, restaurants, lodging, groceries and, of course, Fred's Liquor Store.


Carl Hayden Visitors Center


The Carl Hayden Visitors Center, shown below, is on the east side of the dam. it offers interpretive exhibits and information on Glen Canyon Dam and Lake Powell. there is a small bookstore. Guided dam and power plant tours can be taken starting here. It was named after Senator Carl Hayden, who served Arizona in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate from 1912 until 1969. Senator Hayden was instrumental in getting Glen Canyon Dam approved.


Carl hayden Visitors Center


Glen Canyon Dam


Glen Canyon Dam was begun in 1956 and completed in 1966. Lake Powell began backing up when the diversion tunnels were sealed on March 13, 1963.


Glen Canyon Dam


Height of Dam above bedrock: 710 feet

Height of Dam above Colorado River: 587 feet

Dam thickness at base: 300 feet

Dam thickness at top: 25 feet. Length of crest: 1560 feet

Total concrete poured: 5,370,000 cubic yards


Glen Canyon Power plant:

Number of generators: 8

Generating capacity: 1,320,000 kilowatts

Generator room size: 598 feet long, 73 feet high, 83 feet wide


Glen Canyon Bridge:


Glen Canyon Bridge was constructed between 1957 and 1959.


Type: Steel Arch

Height above river: 700 feet

Length: 1271 feet

Width: 38 feet


Glen Canyon Bridge

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