Glen Canyon Wilderness

A hiker walks through a lush wet canyon floor. Orange cliffs rise above her.

"The richest values of wilderness lie not in the days of Daniel Boone, nor even in the present, but rather in the future."
Aldo Leopold

Wilderness is the land that was - wild land beyond the frontier... land that shaped the growth of the nation and the character of its people.

Wilderness is the land that is - rare, wild places where one can retreat from civilization, reconnect with the Earth, and find healing, meaning and significance.

Wilderness Act

In 1964, in a nearly unanimous vote, the United States Congress enacted landmark legislation that added protection to some of the most natural and undisturbed public land in America. The Wilderness Act established the National Wilderness Preservation System to "secure for the American people of present and future generations the benefits of an enduring resource of wilderness."

"A wilderness, in contrast with those areas where man and his own works dominate the landscape, is hereby recognized as an area where the earth and community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain."
Wilderness Act of 1964

Water, trees, and red rocks come together in this landscape.

Glen Canyon Wilderness

As required by Glen Canyon's designating legislation, the National Park Service performed a wilderness suitability study on lands within the recreation area to identify lands suitable for wilderness designation. The study identified 588,855 acres (approximately 51% of the total land area) suitable for wilderness designation. Although these areas are proposed and not yet formally designated, NPS policy mandates that they are managed as wilderness to protect their wilderness character until they are formally designated.

Wilderness Across the NPS

The National Park Service manages proposed wilderness areas as designated wilderness areas, under the assumption of their eventual designation.

NPS Wilderness
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"Plans to protect air and water, wilderness and wildlife are in fact plans to protect man."
Stewart Udall

Last updated: April 26, 2023

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Contact Info

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. If you are having an emergency, call 911 or hail National Park Service on Marine Band 16.

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