• Spires of Cedar Mesa sandstone in Chesler Park (Needles District)


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  • Some unpaved roads are closed

    Recent rains have caused extensive damage to some roads in the Needles District and some of the roads into the Maze District. More »

  • Safety in Bear Country

    Black bears have been seen in the Needles, Maze, and along the Colorado River. Be alert and store food and garbage properly: in hard-sided, latched containers (or your vehicle) when not being prepared or consumed. More »

  • New backcountry requirements in effect

    Hard-sided bear containers are required for backpackers in parts of the Needles District. More »

Lake Powell

The Dirty Devil takeout in late July, 2013.
The Dirty Devil takeout in late July, 2013. Rangers reported current all the way from Lower Cataract to this point and beyond. Click on the image to view more photos of the Hite Area.
NPS Photo by Kyler Carpenter

All groups traveling through Cataract Canyon must cross a portion of Lake Powell to reach the takeout at Hite. The location where the river ends and the lake begins varies throughout the year. Given the distances involved and the frequency of strong, up-canyon winds, motors are recommended.

An old access road on river right can be used for a takeout. This road leaves Highway 95 between mileposts 41 and 42, just downstream from the Dirty Devil River. The ramp provides two-wheel drive access close to the river. Cut banks may prevent boaters from backing trailers directly to the water's edge or into the river at this location.

For current conditions on Lake Powell, contact Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.

Hite Marina remains closed. However, fuel for boats or motor vehicles may be purchased 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at the service station (located in front of the Hite convenience store) by using a credit card at the pump.

Camping below Imperial Rapid is limited, especially for large groups. Many former camps are now perched on dried mud flats 20 to 30 feet above the river.

Zebra Mussel Advisory

All boaters on Lake Powell must comply with Glen Canyon's zebra mussel regulations.

Did You Know?

Pinyon Pine

Pinyon pines do not produce pine nuts every year. These delicious nuts can only be harvested every three to seven years. This irregular schedule prevents animals from adapting to an abundance of pine nuts and guarantees that at least some nuts will become new pine trees instead of a quick meal. More...