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Lake Powell

Glen Canyon Dam

Antelope Canyon from above

Entrance to the Canyon

Slots in the Canyon

 

 

 

 

 


While staying in the Page, Arizona area we found many wonderful things to see. It is the home of Lake Powell and Glen Canyon in which a dam was built in the 1950's (and when Page became a town) on the Colorado River. Sadly, the lake is quite low so the boat trip we planned to take to see Rainbow Natural Bridge was not available without a 2 mile hike. THe Glen Canyon Dam backs up the Colorado and its tributaries for about 185 miles which creates Lake Powell. DO you know how many dams are built on the Colorado River? SIx in all. Besides the Glen Canyon Dam the others are: Hoover, Parker, Davis, Imperial and the Palo Verde Diversion Dam. THe Colorado River is very important to every one of us...can you guess why? Almost 90% of the river is used for irrigation purposes in what is called the "Salad Bowl" of the U.S. (California) which grows most of the fruit and vegetables we eat. THe Dam itself is in Arizona but about half of Lake Powell is in Utah. It is surrounded by desert and desert cliffs which are beautiful rising above the lake. Much of the lake is only accessible by hiking trails with only two roads across the lake. One of the most incredible sights in the area is Antelope Canyon which is called a "slot" canyon. It was formed by erosion of Navajo Sandstone primarily due to flash flooding. Rainwater, especially during monsoon season, runs into the extensive basin above the slot canyon sections, picking up speed and sand as it rushes into the narrow passageways. Over time the passageways are eroded away, making the corridors deeper and smoothing hard edges in such a way as to form characteristic 'flowing' shapes in the rock. The Upper Canyon is the most visited because its entrance and entire length are at ground level, requiring no climbing. Beams (shafts of direct sunlight radiating down from openings in the top of the canyon) occur most often in the summer months, as they require the sun to be high in the sky. It is said to be one of the photographed places in the southwest. The Lower Canyon is accessible only by steep stairs and doesn't have as many "beams" of light. THe hues in the Canyon are ever-changing before your eyes and range from yellow to pink to orange to rust to a deep plum. It is one of the most awe-inspiring things we have ever seen. We took over 100 photos of the canyon but by visiting the following link you will see professional photos of the beautiful canyon. http://www.google.com/images?hl=en&q=antelope%20canyon&rlz=1W1GWYE_en&um=1&ie=UTF-8&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi.



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