Ready for another chapter in the Southwest USA tour? The journey continues on to Glen Canyon Dam.
Glen Canyon Dam is the reason for Lake Powell’s existence. It is an impressive and grand structure, with a crest length of 1560 feet and stretching 710 feet high. Managed by the Bureau of Reclamation, the dam provides water storage and electricity for the region. It was dedicated in 1966, and there was a lot of controversy at the time about it flooding the Glen Canyon. We got several looks at it: from the Highway 89 arched bridge just outside of Page, from the air, and at its base near the powerhouse.
Before going on our raft trip down the Colorado River, we were transported by a bus to the base of the dam through a spooky 2-mile tunnel. The tunnel was built in the late 1950s to help build the dam and move in equipment for the powerhouse. At various intervals during the dark ride, we saw bolts of light where side tunnels had been cut to the canyon walls (for removal of rock).
Once we got off our bus, we donned hard hats for our walk down to the dock for boarding the rafts. We had to protect our noggins in case of something falling from the bridge overhead. I guess it would help muffle any large bonking noise upon impact, LOL!
Come back and visit later to see some pictures from our raft trip down the Colorado River and ancient petroglyphs!