Glen Canyon

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area is a little different than a national park. Where national parks have a stated priority of “natural preservation”, national recreation areas do protect “natural preservation”, but the top priority of this recreational area designation is public recreation. The number one recreational activity in Glen Canyon is boating and/or fishing on Lake Powell, which is actually a large reservoir created when the Glen Canyon Dam was finished in 1966. However, there are plenty of amazing hiking possibilities by road and by boat in Glen Canyon NRA. In fact, many of the well-known hikes of Escalante-Grand Staircase National Monument cross into Glen Canyon NRA, especially ones starting from the famed Hole-In-The-Rock Road out of Escalante, Utah.