June 8, 2008

Lake Powell

Time for another chapter in our Southwest USA adventure!

After we left the Grand Canyon, the next stop was a comfortable, two-night stay at the Lake Powell Resort. The resort is located near Page, Arizona, and it served as a convenient home base for a jam-packed itinerary of sightseeing. Here are some pictures showing the aerial setting of the resort and a view from the grounds outside our room (thanks to a telephoto lens).

Lake Powell Resort's magnificent setting
what an icredible view, just a few feet from our room!

The Lake Powell area is a popular recreation area, and the landscape is uniquely stark and beautiful. Almost 3 million visitors a year flock here, taking part in boating, swimming, fishing, scuba diving, snorkeling, water skiing, hiking, and sightseeing. It is the second largest man-made lake in the U.S., created upon completion of the Glen Canyon Dam. Spanning Arizona and Utah, Lake Powell is 186 miles long and has 1960 miles of shoreline, which is longer than the entire west coast of the continental U.S.

But enough of the statistics, I know you want to see more pictures! It is quite one thing to see the surreal landscape on the ground, but the immensity of it all is confirmed from the air. We took the tour’s optional small plane flight over to see Monument Valley, and we saw some amazing Lake Powell terrain on the way. Check out these incredible views!

here's a bird's-eye view as the plane banks after take-off
rugged cliffs and emerald water - what a combination!
imagine anchoring a boat in one of these coves!
one of the many canyon fingers of Lake Powell, like a ribbon zigzag across the landscape


  1. Absolutely Beautiful!!! I Love the color of the water...Happy night Sweetie!!hughugs

  2. Thank you!! Oh my, the water color was spectacular from the air - the color of dark teal/blue ink! It was all so hauntingly beautiful!

  3. Ohh my gosh the sight from the sky is amazing. Can you tell me who you di this with. My hubby and I are visitng the States from Oz and this would be really spectacular. We did do the ground trip last time and want to go again. Just gorgeous country. Hugs Khris in Oz

  4. That would be grand if you could do this! Absolutely amazing sights! I will be posting more picures in the days ahead for Rainbow Bridge and Monument Valley. So keep checking back to my blog!

    The whole trip was a Canyonlands tour package with Tauck World Discovery (www.tauck.com). We took their optional flight and tour package to see Monument Valley (additional charge). We flew out of the Page, Arizona, airport, and Papillon was the operator for the optional Monument Valley Air & Land package (www.papillon.com). Because of other things going on with the Tauck trip, our optional Monument Valley package was more abbreviated than the standard 3-4 hour package that you can book directly.

    I hope all this information helps you! Let me know if you have any more questions!

  5. Donna ~ thank you for sharing such wonderful photos. I always wanted to travel, but haven't made it very far ...yet!

    I will be watching for you at the festival!

  6. Thank you! Well, get those traveling shoes on and start going on some trips! See you soon!


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