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Glen Canyon Dam, Tonalea Coconino County

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Claiming the title of the second highest concrete-arch dam in the United States, Glen Canyon Dam is best known for its role in the creation of Lake Powell, a large reservoir that has become a haven for water recreation and house boating. The dam has a controversial past, as it destroyed an area of federally protected land upon its creation. Take a guided tour and hear the story of the battle between the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and the environmental organizations that protested it. Learn how the engineers designed the 220 m (710 ft) dam to deliver massive amounts of hydroelectric power to large areas of the West. By using our Tonalea Coconino County trip itinerary maker, you can arrange your visit to Glen Canyon Dam and other attractions in Tonalea Coconino County.
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  • We learned so much about the amazing construction of this dam. Our tour guide was excellent, and she explained the inner workings of the turbines in a way that was clear and understandable. The tour w...  more »
  • This is a must see quick experiance when you are in Page, AZ. When visiting we had no idea that this was hear and we really enjoyed it. This was a quick 30min look around and education on the dam.  more »
  • The visitor center has very good exhibits showing how the dam was built. It explains how the electricity is distributed through out the southwest. You have nice views of the dam from inside the center...  more »
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  • As an engineer, this is an amazing structure. The visitor center has tons of interesting information on the history and construction of the dam. My only recommendation is don't take a 2-year old who is grumpy and short on sleep on the tour. Once you begin the tour you have to finish with the group because the dam is a high security federal facility.
  • Pretty cool. If you get the chance book a tour, and then walk across the bridge. You also get to drive across the bridge, just go slow and watch for people.
  • What an awe inspiring sight. The dam was kinda big and kinda wide. It was holding water at the time, sorry folks no hot pools of lava.
  • Pretty view and a good place to take pictures of the desert. The visitor center has a lot of information and it is fun to stop and spend a while.
  • I'll tell you one thing and one thing only. Consider some simple mechanics here. You have a slab of concrete. Dry Concrete has roughly the same density as water at room temperature! Now this is far from room temperature but bear with me here, I'm not quite done with the one thing I have to say then I'll be done. Look at me right now, look at me. How do you expect me to believe that this with a density that is equivalent to the liquid element that which it withstands is capable of doing just that? Consider the size of the liquid body and the size of the solid (albeit a disorderly, noncrystalline solid I will grant you that, but I do think my thesis survives, nay flourishes with this in mind, please stay focused) and again look at me and look at the size of the solid body am I supposed to (again, look at me) believe that these sizes don't contradict the situation I am supposedly witnessing? Simply unbelievable. For that, I take off a star. The other two missing stars are for the temperature of the locale (remember that time I said that this is far from room temperature? Well I meant in the direction of an increased temperature on the fahrenheit scale! I am sure you forgot) and again, yet this is for the temperature I must also keep in mind that the light there was immense. If I had forgotten my sun blocking spectacles I would be blinded! Oh pity upon those who forgot this simple contraption that proved to be so very precious on this day! And I am aware! Yes I am quite aware, painfully aware, in fact, of how the light has relations, perhaps I should not even use such a word as relations, as it distances those two that are actually (though perhaps not apparently!) of the same being!! For these two are intertwined and cannot be separated! There is no relationship to sever but simply their own existence which is a singular body! Yes the light and heat are one and the same, yet they are processed differently by man and I am but a man and I must process my surroundings as such! My ratings are based on experience and those three reasons bring me to the conclusion of two stars! Two stars for the Number Two dam in the Southwest United States! How Fitting! And no, Hoover for you are not number one! How very presumptuous of you! Oh dear I am simply having a blast!