Most travelers enter the national recreation area through Carl Hayden Visitor Center near Page, Arizona. The southwest edge of the park—including its two marinas—is the most accessible and developed. Close to the popular Rainbow Bridge, Lee's Ferry, and Glen Canyon Dam, this is often the best location for first-time visitors.
The entry fee into the park is $10 for seven days, and a year-round pass is $20. Dogs are allowed on basic boats but not carpeted boats. Dogs are not allowed on backcountry hiking trails.
The Carl Hayden Visitor Center is just north of Page off State Highway 89. About 230 miles (370 kilometers) farther northeast off Utah Highway 95, Hite Visitor Center is located in the most remote and less-developed part of the park. Visitors can reach Bullfrog Visitor Center, between Page and Hite, via Utah Highway 276. Route 276 also takes guests to nearby Halls Crossing Center.
Great Lakes Airline is the only carrier that flies into Glen Canyon National Recreation Area via Page. Flights leave from Phoenix, Arizona. A non-refundable, one-way ticket costs about $100. A one-way, refundable ticket runs $159.
Things to Do
It took 17 years to fill Lake Powell after the completion of Glen Canyon Dam in 1963. Its 1,960 miles (3,154 kilometers) of shoreline—longer than the entire continental U.S. Pacific coast, excluding Alaska—give access to more than a hundred captivating canyons.
Six marinas are stationed on the lake. The most popular, Wahweap, is about six miles (ten kilometers) away from Page and has the most options for lodging, boat rentals, and shops. Other marinas include Bullfrog, Halls Crossing, and Dangling Rope (only accessible by water), as well as Antelope Point, near Wahweap, and Hite. Motorized boat rentals are available at Wahweap, Bullfrog, and Antelope Point.