Saturday, June 26, 2010

Lake Powell, Glen Canyon Dam and Antelope Canyon

There are always places we hear about and never consider visiting.  The Lake Powell area was one of those places for me.  I had seen Hoover Dam years ago and my attitude was 'seen one, seen them all.'  But this was on the way to Bryce Canyon from Grand Canyon, past the Vermillion Cliffs and through the Navajo Reservation.  We would ascend to 8,400 feet in the staircase and then come back down to Zion.  It would also give us a chance to rest. 

The dam is rather controversial with environmental groups.  Due to the drought in the southwest, you can see the drop in the water level of over 70 feet in the picture below, taken from a boat on Lake Powell:

But the cruise around the lake to the Antelope Canyon gave us up-close views of the deposits made over millions of years to form these cliffs.  Sometimes so close we could almost reach out and touch them.  Well worth the time if you are in the area.

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