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Glen Canyon ALERT

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area Public Health Update

 

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sandstone cliffs, lake, road with cars
Before you hit the lake, know this!

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Quick Links


View the park webcams, most positioned at launch ramps and marinas, to see park conditions district by district.

Check the Seasonal Hours to see what times the places you want to visit are open.

Check the regularly updated Road Conditions report from nearby Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Roads that lead into or near Glen Canyon are highlighted.

News Releases cover breaking news about Glen Canyon and your visit here. Are you looking for more in-depth or ongoing information about Glen Canyon? Check our Advisories page for important issues.

 
Houseboat on lakeshore with red rock formations and growing clouds in background
Be sure to check weather forecasts before your day on the water.

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On the Water

The lake level is changing every day: keep alert!

Navigation hazards change daily, boaters should use caution and be very watchful of unexpected underwater hazards as well as other boaters and kayaks. Be aware of pieces of branches that could be as large as full trees floating in the lake. This debris could damage lower units when struck. Water levels are significantly different than past seasons, so commonly known boating paths and saved GPS routes may not be safe with current lake levels.

We only mark the main channel with navigational and hazard buoys so if people go into side canyons be sure to go slow, watch for other boaters, kayaks, and rocks, remember to stay 150' away from other boats when going faster than wakeless speed. There are a lot of blind corners in narrow side canyons so always expect another vessel to be going the opposite direction and be ready to react if necessary.

As always, watch your children around water. If they are 12 years or younger they must wear life jackets.

Recreational water advisory: Never swim in waters that have algal scum floating on the water which may indicate that a Harmful Algal Bloom is occurring. Always wash your hands before eating, shower with soap after playing in the water, and never go in the water if you have open sores or cuts.

Cliff jumping or jumping off anything man made or natural 15' or higher is illegal. There have been several fatalities due to cliff jumping over the years.

Do not swim around boats that have engines or generators running due to the danger of prop cuts and carbon monoxide poisoning.

Boating at night is always extremely dangerous and should be avoided if possible.

Check the National Weather Service Marine webpage for 3-day forecasts and specific information on wind, storm, and heat conditions at Lake Powell.

Visit the Bureau of Reclamation Water Operations webpage for data on lake levels, inflow, and release.

 
Group of people stand behind a fence looking in the distance.
A viewing platform at Horseshoe Bend creates a safe space along the rim.

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Horseshoe Bend

The iconic Horseshoe Bend is a busy place. Improvements at Horseshoe Bend Overlook are currently underway, including a new accessible trail, shade structures, and a larger parking lot.

The City of Page requires Horseshoe Bend visitors to pay for parking at the Horseshoe Bend trailhead.
Private vehicles: $10 per car • $5 per motorcycle
Commercial van/bus: $35 up to 14 passengers • $70 up to 35 passengers • $140 over 35 passengers.

National Park Service passes do not apply for the parking lot. Contact the City of Page for questions about the parking at Horseshoe Bend.

 
Pockets of light snow around Lake Powell
Check the forecast and be ready for temperatures changing throughout the day.

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Weather Conditions

Be ready for a mix of sunshine and cold nights. Layer up for your day out in the park. While the danger of heat illness is low, this is always a desert. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Even in winter, the sun shines brightly and you should wear sun protection. NEVER leave children or pets in parked, unattended vehicles. Expect wind! Northern Arizona is known for unpredictable winds. Afternoon storms can bring flash floods, even when the skies are blue above you. Check the forecast, especially before boating. A good place to start is the National Weather Service forecast for Page, AZ or our Weather page.

 
Charles Hall Ferry ready for loading at its cove in Halls Crossing
Check the UDOT webpage for updates.

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Charles Hall Ferry Current Operations

The ferry that runs between Bullfrog and Halls Crossing is currently closed for repairs. Utah travelers should know that without the ferry, State Route 276 does not connect and they must use Hwy 95 to drive north and south around Lake Powell. Find more information on the ferry page of the UDOT website.

Last updated: April 6, 2020

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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