Best Hiking Trails in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area


Home to the second largest human-made lake in the United States, you won't soon forget the lunar landscape and vistas of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and Lake Powell.

Getting Started

There are a couple great resources for you to start planning your Glen Canyon trip, including the National Park Service and the Visit Utah websites. Find out where to camp, here.

Don't miss admiring the view from Alstrom Point, or the challenging and steep Spencer Trail up the canyon wall nearly 1,700 feet. Take an easier jaunt up to Horseshoe Bend Viewpoint, or the long hike in to see the famous Rainbow Bridge, one of the world's largest known arches.

Looking for a cheesy but informative video on the area? Here you go.

When to Go

Hikers are advised to visit in the spring and fall, which are the most popular times for a visit to Glen Canyon. That said, plenty of visitors risk the summer heat for the water and boating activities, which some say are world class.


Find entrance fees, here, and hiking permits, here.

Dog Info

Dogs are welcome in many areas (but not all) while on leash. Get more information, here.


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