Laws & Policies

A large butte on Lake Powell. Callout frames indicate people on the sides of the wall.

Park Rangers rappel down the side of Gregory Butte to rescue a stranded climber.


Glen Canyon National Recreation Area was created by Congress in 1972 to "provide for public outdoor recreation use and enjoyment of Lake Powell and lands adjacent thereto in the states of Arizona and Utah and to preserve scenic, scientific, and historic features contributing to public enjoyment of the area."

All National Park Service Regulations

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area is managed much like any other national park site. For the most part, the same management policies, regulations, and laws apply at Glen Canyon as all other national park areas.

In accordance with regulations and the delegated authority provided in Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations (36 CFR), Chapter 1, Parts 1-7, authorized by Title 16 United States Code, Section 3, the following regulatory provisions are established in the Superintendent's Compendium for the proper management, protection, and public use of those portions of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area (NRA) and Rainbow Bridge National Monument (NM) under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service (NPS). Unless otherwise stated, these regulatory provisions apply in addition to the requirements contained in 36 CFR, Chapter 1, Parts 1-7. The Compendium must be read in conjunction with Title 36 CFR, Chapter 1, Parts 1-7. It cannot be read as a stand alone document. Title 36 CFR can be located at Written determinations, which explain the reasoning behind the Superintendent's use of discretionary authority, are required by Section 1.5(c) and are located in Appendix A

Laws Specific to Glen Canyon and Rainbow Bridge

The park's Superintendent's Compendium (5.3Mb PDF) and Compendium Appendix A (7.8Mb PDF) contain local rules and regulations that apply to Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. You should know these rules before your visit to Glen Canyon NRA.

Please read the Addendum to the 2014 Compendium (671 Kb PDF) regarding unmanned aircraft in the park.

A section of beach on the Colorado River has been closed due to Osprey nesting. Here (240 Kb PDF) is the Addendum to the Compendium authorizing the closure.

Upper and Lower Cathedral Wash is closed due to road construction beginning August 10, 2015 until the project is completed. Here (238 kB PDF) is the Addendum to the Compendium authorizing the closure.

On August 31, 2015, a fuel spill warranted the closure of Wahweap Beach. Here (238 kB PDF) is the Addendum to the Compendium authorizing the closure.


Firearm Regulations

As of February 22, 2010, a new federal law allows people who can legally posess firearms under applicable federal, state, and local laws, to legally posess firearms in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and all other National Park Service units.

It is the responsibility of visitors to understand and comply with all applicable state, local, and federal firearms laws before entering this park. If you plan on being in Utah, please visit this site. If you plan on being in Arizona, please visit this site.

Federal law also prohibits firearms in certain facilities in this park (such as the Carl Hayden Visitor Center); those places are marked with signs at all public entrances.


All Boaters must follow federal and state regulations

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