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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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  • It is made the dammed the Colorado River's Glen Canyon Dam. Taking the name of the River from the moutain stream and Japan's, 00 means "dam on the Colorado River" would tend to be termed the dam on the River, so here says Japan wind. From building a dam in the wilderness is usually located in mount mountain mountain range, most of which are cloaked in Japan, Dam said, but no tree 1 book in the United States is a surprise. Desert rains because it would see the Earth dry and rain is it?, in Antelope Canyon near Flash flood occurs, is not. Rocky Mountains of Colorado River water may thaw water flows, so maybe. Artificial lake Lake Powell's water was abundant. Not this feature on Japan's dam was in the wilderness, so not miss!
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  • Stopped for a quick visit to Glen Canyon Dam and Visitor Center today en route to Zion NP. Even more impressive than the massive 700'-high dam is the graceful arch bridge immediately downstream! Altho...  more »
  • The dam itself is a great feat of engineering which created one of the most spectacular waterways anywhere. lake Powell is a magnificent place for scenery and cannot be bettered.  more »
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  • 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!
  • I actually prefer to visit this dam verses Hover because it's much less busy and while smaller, it's still impressive.
  • Great drie-y sight seeing on our Vegas road trip! Awesome structure!
  • Dramatic at night! Be sure to park and walk out on the bridge for the best views.