Summers in Southern Utah can become blisteringly hot. The best cure for an Utahan heat wave is 186-miles of water. We are, of course, talking about Lake Powell. Located on the Utah/Arizona border, Lake Powell is one of the best water recreation sites in either state. If you plan to visit Southern Utah this summer, we at the Lodge at Red River Ranch recommend a splash in Lake Powell to cool off.
Lake Powell was created in 1964 by damming the Colorado River. The primary purposes for constructing the dam were, first, to generate electricity, second, to create a buffer against drought, and lastly, for water recreation. Glen Canyon Dam is a marvel of engineering. It holds back twenty-seven million acre-feet of water (the second largest man-made lake in the nation.) If you are interested in visiting the Glen Canyon Dam call 928-608-6072. You will have to cross into Arizona.
The technical achievement of Glen Canyon Dam notwithstanding – we at the Lodge at Red River Ranch prefer to visit Lake Powell for its welcoming water. Waterskiing, tubing, and wakeboarding are perfect ways to spend a summer’s day.
There are also hundreds of neat side canyons to explore with personal watercraft. Some of these remote canyons stretch on for miles. The most popular canyon is Rainbow Bridge Canyon – at the end of the canyon you will be able to see Rainbow Bridge, the largest natural bridge in the world. Two other side canyons you might want to check out are Clear Creek Canyon (the fleeting and famous Cathedral in the Desert is found here) and Forgotten Canyon.
If you don’t have access to a boat, you can still enjoy Lake Powell. Public boat tours will take you to see the highlights of the lake. And you can always camp, swim, barbeque, and go cliff jumping.