Your Guide to Attractions and Activities on Utah's Scenic Byways

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area’s central feature is Lake Powell, a 200-mile-long reservoir created by the damming of the Colorado River in Glen Canyon in the 1960s. From Scenic Byway 12, the nearest route to Lake Powell is via Hole-in-the-Rock—a Mormon pioneer historic site 57 miles out to the end of the rugged Hole-in-the-Rock Road where a steep, jagged gouge in the sandstone walls drops about 600 feet to the waters of Lake Powell. The recreation area includes more than a million acres of canyon country that encompasses the lower two-thirds of the Escalante River and its winding side canyons, many of which are accessible from trailheads off Hole-in-the-Rock Road.

One of the many popular hiking destinations is Coyote Gulch, a 13-mile side canyon and a photographer’s paradise of brilliant sandstone natural bridges, arches, as well as a sandy, shallow streambed that provides a respite from the summer heat. Check at the Escalante Interagency Visitor Center for information, current conditions, and permits for this backcountry experience.


Archeological Sites
Equestrian Trails
Interpretive Information
Off Highway Vehicle Use
Pets on Leash Only
Wildlife Viewing