The history of Glen Canyon includes many places, both well-known and obscure. Prehistoric Indian cultures, explorers, pioneers, prospectors, river runners, and a host of other colorful characters have resided within Glen Canyon over the years.

Ancient structure of stacked rock slabs

Defiance House

In Forgotton Canyon is a hidden site where Ancestral Puebloans made their home.

Hiker walks through a narrow opening in a cliff


The end of the road? Not quite.

A wagon sits next to a historic log ranch house

Lees Ferry

Take a day trip to Lees Ferry for a taste of pioneer life and a chance to dip your toes in the Colorado River.

People stand on steel arch bridge anchored in cliff

Navajo Bridge

Just down the road from Lees Ferry, this engineering marvel made the ferry obsolete.

Historic aerial image of Glen Canyon dam under construction
Dam construction, 1963

U.S. Bureau of Reclamation

Glen Canyon Dam

Looking for information on the dam itself? Head over to the Bureau of Reclamation's webpage, the agency responsible for dam construction and management.

Travel back in time to the muddy Colorado River by watching this 1961 film by the Bureau of Reclamation called Operation Glen Canyon about the dam's construction.

Last updated: May 20, 2019

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Mailing Address:

PO Box 1507
Page , AZ 86040


928 608-6200
Receptionist available at Glen Canyon Headquarters from 7 am to 4 pm MST, Monday through Friday. The phone is not monitored when the building is closed.

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