Officials ask visitors to Glen Canyon Recreation Area to expect traffic jams, follow these guidelines – St George News


Scenic Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, date not specified | Photo courtesy of National Park Service, St. George News

ST. GEORGE- As temperatures continue to climb and schools go out for the summer, the season for swimwear, skiing and sunburn has arrived. With that, a wide variety of recreational activities await visitors to the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.

Lake Powell in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, date not specified | Photo courtesy of National Park Service, St. George News

Glen Canyon offers many land and water activities, which are available to adventurers of all skill levels. Thrill seekers will enjoy the unparalleled frontcountry scenery at the iconic Horseshoe Bend Overlook. Backcountry explorers can enjoy endless opportunities for wilderness getaways. But to ensure the best experience for all visitors, the National Park Service has issued a press release that provides guidance for recreational activities.

Lake Powell is a world-class water sports destination, with fluctuating water levels offering a new experience with every trip.

Superintendent William Shott said in the press release:

Millions of visitors travel to enjoy our iconic natural, cultural and historic landscapes and love the service they receive while recreating here. I want to acknowledge our National Park Service employees; all are dedicated public servants who care for these public lands and the people who visit them. I also want to express my gratitude to our many partners, concessionaires, commercial use operators and local communities who welcome visitors and make this a special place to live and explore. We couldn’t do it without them.

Water levels in Lake Powell change throughout the year and are determined by a wide range of factors. Information is available 24/7 on water levels, marina operations and water-based visitor services at this link.

Colorado River in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, date not specified | Photo courtesy of National Park Service, St. George News

Visitors should expect congestion and exercise caution due to a higher concentration of boaters in all areas of visitor use. Approach the shore with caution and watch for shallows and submerged debris. Always wear a life jacket.

Deadly hazards to avoid include swimming in marinas, flash flooding, cliff jumping, and carbon monoxide from running generators or engines.

Invasive alien quagga mussels have been confirmed above and below Glen Canyon Dam. All boat operators must clean, drain and dry their boats (including paddle boats) and all equipment before launching them into any other body of water. More information is available at this link.

Prior to visiting, visitors are encouraged to be aware of current park alerts available on this link. More safety information is available on this link. For the boating safety visit this link.

Have questions about visitor centers, camping, boating, guided services, and more? of Glen Canyon? Find it information here to plan your visit.

Those looking for specific services and equipment in all areas of the park will find the answers to their questions here. on this link.

Plan like a ranger by following these useful tips before your adventure begins.

The 1.25 million acres of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area stretch from Lees Ferry in Arizona to the Orange Cliffs of southern Utah, encompassing scenic vistas, geological wonders, proposed wilderness areas and a vast panorama of human history. The park wishes everyone a pleasant and safe visit.

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