Getaway Lake PowellAccess
Coming from the Grand Canyon or from the south, take the Route 89, which goes from Flagstaff and go towards the north. Once we pass the entrance to the Horseshoe Bend and the intersection of Antelope Canyon, we will soon get to the Page town and therefore, the lake’s entrance.
Arizona/Utah (United States)
Everyone who knows me, always have heard that I do not go back to a place where I have already been.
Putting aside the European cities (which I have repeated some): when I talk about far away and expensive destinations, even though I loved them, I always say I will not go back. There are too many pretty things in the world and the pending list is too long for me to afford repeating any of them.
Lake Powel is one of the getaways which I will do an exception because it is hard to not repeat a destination with this beauty.
Being on a road trip through the United States, I tried to plan everything beforehand taking into consideration the distances and the time I would have to spend in every Natural Park. It did not worked out. For an European, it is really hard to imagine the huge distances of the American Natural Parks. What happened is that I visited the Horseshoe Bend and the Lower Antelope Canyon and because I was close, I decided to visit Lake Powell. I thought it would be like a lake in Catalonia that I could visit most of it in less than two hours. How wrong I was!
This getaway has a curiosity, which made me laugh. The lake is so big that even though the majority of the lake is located in Utah, the south entrance and the dam are located in Arizona.
The first location once I got to the lake was the Glen Canyon Dam Overlook. As its name says, it is the Dam’s overlook. In fact, from here you can have the best views and the best images. The Canyon and the river also amazed me. From a high perspective, a colorful environment and a high similarity with the Horseshoe Bend, I just fell in love with the place. The Dam’s construction in the ‘60s generated some controversies among environmental advocated and archaeologists. However, architects went ahead and build the dam and the whole Lake. It is an artificial lake of about 658 Km2 and more than 3000 Km of banks that go down the river, making it the longest river in the US.
The next stop is called the Wahweap Swimming Spot. It is a beach located in one side of the lake with amazing views. It is easy to access by car and walking for a few minutes. It has its own parking lot. I am brave enough to say that the main thing about this place is the views it has to the lake because the beach itself is not amazing. The views have an “American” and “untouchable by humans” style. There are also some rocks that reminded me of the Oljato Monument Valley, but here there is a lake next to them. Water is very calm and you can breathe peace and calm air.
Continue on the road until you see the Stateline Marina Boat Docks. As it name says, it is a marina where boats park and go out around the lake. Around this marina, we also can have a good swim thanks to the natural rocks. The water is clean and clear and the flatness of the rocks is what makes the entrance to the water easier.
At the beginning of the post, I mentioned that I would do an exception when it comes to visiting this place again. This is one of the fewest places I will go back. And do you know why? Because the Reflection Canyon is still on my pending list. I do not know the exact distance to get there. In fact, I do not even know if you get there by car or by boat, and if you have to take a boat, I do not know where the boat’s dock is. However, what I do know is that I will go back.
I had a really positive surprise with Lake Powell!Duration:
I would recommend staying there for a couple of days.