Glen Canyon Dam Overlook is an easy way to get killer views of both Glen Canyon Dam and the Colorado River. You can scramble around the orange sandstone to get different perspectives and photos.
Just a few minute drive after you cross the Colorado River, you’ll get to Scenic View Drive, where you will turn onto the turn off for the Dam Overlook.
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At the Parking Area
Once you get to the parking area, it is a simple down-and-back to a viewpoint on the rim of Glen Canyon. There are steps and a railing that lead you to a viewing area.
Or, if you’re like me, you live life dangerously and follow no one’s rules. Which means I didn’t use the stairs or railing at all and climbed around the sandstone from the parking lot instead.
The views this way are much much better. Obviously you’ll want to be careful so you don’t fall to your untimely death.
Views of the Colorado River
I happened to hit this scenic area on the way into Page, AZ, so I was wearing a dress and flip flops.
Life hack: if you find yourself in a hiking situation in sandals, just take them off. It also doubles as an awesome grounding experience.
Glen Canyon Dam
My favorite part about the Glen Canyon Dam Overlook is that you get stunning views of both the Colorado River and the dam itself. Both are awesome to see from the top of the canyon.
Can you spot me in the photos below?
Here’s some fun facts about Glen Canyon Dam:
- This concrete arch dam has a crest length of 1,560 feet.
- It contains 4,901,000 cubic yards of concrete.
- The dam is 25 feet wide at the crest and 300 feet wide at the maximum base.
- Construction started in 1956, was completed in 1964, and was dedicated in 1966.
- Before the dam was built, there was no Page, no Lake Powell, and no tourism.
You could easily spend hours just climbing the rocks and exploring.
If you’re in the Page, AZ area, definitely check it out!
And if you’re looking for more things to do in the area, be sure to check out Horseshoe Bend!