Preservation

 
A young Navajo girl in native dress speaks at a podium with a National Park Service arrowhead on the front.
Breana Alix Bitsinnie - Native American Youth

Preserve Your Heritage

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area preserves a record of more than 10,000 years of human presence, adaptation, and exploration. This place remains significant for many descendant communities, providing opportunities for people to connect with cultural values and associations that are both ancient and contemporary.

Your history may lie within this park. You may find it etched onto walls or perched on the edge of a cliff. It may be a wagon at Lees Ferry, a pioneer rancher's house, a Spanish inscription, or a Native American pueblo. It may even be the rocks, the plants, the water itself.

Without a strong connection to its heritage, a society can have no clear direction. Heritage is the story of a society's journey through time. The heritage of many people is embedded into this landscape and is in danger of being lost.

 
Illustration of figure walking on a path

Leave No Trace

Make every attempt to leave Glen Canyon nicer than you found it. “Take only pictures and leave only footprints” is a good reminder. Do not remove anything from the area. Leave the flowers, rocks and everything else for others to enjoy. Carry all of your trash out of the canyon, including toilet paper and other hygiene items. Do not burn or bury it.
 

Antelope Canyon Graffiti Removal

Sandstone wall covered with scratched on graffiti Sandstone wall covered with scratched on graffiti

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Before: One small section of Antelope Canyon
Credit: NPS

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After: A day of scrubbing, even removing graffiti leaves a mark
Credit: NPS

On February 19, 2021, rangers went to Antelope Canyon. At the current lake level, the exposed canyon floor stretched a mile from where they beached the boat. They spent the day removing graffiti from the canyon walls. 

 
 

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    Help Preserve Your Heritage

    Report Vandalism to Any Park Visitor Center, or by Calling 928-608-6200

    The structures and rock art are very old and are fragile. Please do not sit, lean or stand on walls. Enter buildings only through doorways or by ladder into the kiva. Do not touch or deface rock art, or carve graffiti.

    DESTRUCTION OF ARCHEOLOGICAL SITES IS ILLEGAL. To report disturbances, notify the National Park Service at visitor centers, ranger stations or marinas.

     
    Image depicting vandalism at Iceberg Granary over time: 1981 completely intact, 1983 some roof damage, 1999, half of the structure is gone, 2010 it is a pile of rocks with burn marks.
    It is unfortunate, but over the last 30 years some cultural sites around Lake Powell have sustained irreparable damage from vandalism, graffiti, and theft.

    When sites like this are damaged, the cultural heritage of people alive today is lost forever. The stories of those who passed through here are destroyed and their descendants lose a piece of their identity.
     

    Words with photo here about preservation efforts in GLCA

    Glen Canyon National Recreation Area is the steward of heritage resources exemplified by the archeological and historic sites, cultural landscapes, and traditional cultural properties that illustrate the connection of people with the landscape of the Glen Canyon region.

    Contact the Park

    Mailing Address:

    PO Box 1507
    Page , AZ 86040

    Phone:

    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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