Nature & Science

On a river between shoreline vegetation and sandstone canyon walls
The Colorado River

NPS/Emily Upchurch

Aerial view of cliffs rising out of blue-green waters of Lake Powell.
Gunsight Butte on Lake Powell


Glen Canyon National Recreation Area preserves and protects 1.2 million acres of the Colorado Plateau, a vast landscape of colorful buttes, mesas, canyons, and cliffs. Arid to semi-arid, the region supports a complex and often fragile ecosystem. Plants and wildlife have developed unique adaptations to the hot, arid conditions of their environment and contribute to the rich diversity of life in the area.

Critters everywhere!

How does our garden grow?

Environmental Factors
Mussels, sedimentation, Climate Change, and other fun factors

Natural Features & Ecosystems
Swoopy rocks and hidden fossils


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Last updated: September 11, 2018

Contact the Park

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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