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Lake Powell

Lake Powell

Free admission

The Basics

Recreation is king at Lake Powell with excellent boating, water skiing, jet-skiing, kayaking, and fishing. Boat tours grant visitors a leisurely overview of the lake and its landscapes, or you can charter your own boat for the day. You can also admire Lake Powell from the air by airplane or helicopter tour. A trip to Lake Powell is often combined with other top Arizona sights, including the Grand Canyon, Antelope Canyon, and Horseshoe Bend.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Utah

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What a way to spend a day!
davidbA5244YF, Sep 2019
Arizona Highlights - Antelope Canyon and Lake Powell Flight with River Rafting
Outstanding experience! Beautiful plane flight, amazing Antelope Canyon (great guide), wonderful rafting experience . . . highly recommended!
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Great way to show your out-of -state friends Arizona
Martha P, Jun 2019
Arizona Highlights - Antelope Canyon and Lake Powell Flight with River Rafting
We had a great time. Keep in mind that you will have to leave sharp objects at home for security checks before the boat ride. Everyone was nice and the trip was well organized.
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12 Year Old Granddaughter Trip
Janet_H, Mar 2019
Arizona Highlights - Antelope Canyon and Lake Powell Flight with River Rafting
Spent a week with one of my granddaughters in AZ, Utah and Nevada. This part of the trip was our favorite - especially the rafting!
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Great way to do a lot in a short space of time
Katrina_O, Apr 2019
Arizona Highlights - Antelope Canyon and Lake Powell Flight with River Rafting
We booked this tour as we had limited time in the Grand Canyon and it offered the chance to do a variety of activities. The plane ride is a great way to get a sense of scale of the Grand Canyon, though it was slightly windy the day we went so a bit bumpy. We found Antelope Canyon fascinating and our guide managed to help us get great pictures. I think we also got there at the right time as it wasn't too busy as we went through but when we were leaving it was getting very busy. After Antelope Canyon we were driven to the raft center to get our safety briefing and lunch. This was the only lull in the day as we were kept waiting for almost an hour. It was worth it though as the river rafting was worth it. Very relaxing and our tour guide River Dan was great with lots of interesting stories and facts. A long day but it was a great way to make the most of our time at the Grand Canyon.
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Major awesomeness
Sharon_A, Jul 2019
Arizona Highlights - Antelope Canyon and Lake Powell Flight with River Rafting
This is a fantastic trip. Our pilot, Jack, was funny and very informative during our flight over the canyon. The Antelope Canyon was worth the price of the whole trip. Our guide, Rico, went above and beyond at helping us get the best shots and giving us background and incidental information about the canyon. We were delivered to Justin for our trip down the Colorado. He was really nice and not rushed at all. It was really hot and he would pull into shaded areas whenever he found them. Our trip started early so we managed to avoid the crowds. Antelope Canyon is very busy between 9 and 3. As we were coming out it was getting crowded. It was nice not having to deal with driving and finding parking. We considered it well worth the money. The only real negative was the boat ride was a bit long. It could be run a bit quicker to shorten the time in the summer.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Day trips that include Lake Powell depart from the Grand Canyon, Sedona, and Flagstaff, and are typically 8–10 hours long.

  • Lake Powell temperatures are frequently between 90 and 100°F (32 to 38°C) in summer. Be sure to bring sun protection as needed.

  • There are prepared campsites at all of the lake’s marinas, but you are also free to camp wherever you like.

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How to Get There

To access the southwestern end of Lake Powell in Arizona, take U.S. Route 89 and State Route 98. Antelope Canyon is four miles (6.5 kilometers) up from the Glen Canyon Dam on Antelope Island. Boat tours often include round-trip transportation from nearby areas.

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When to Get There

The Glen Canyon National Recreation Area is open year-round, but may have reduced facilities during winter months. July and August may have thunderstorms, and shoulder seasons (May and October) provide the best weather with minimal crowds.

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The Best of Lake Powell Boating

Lake Powell is one of the most popular houseboat destinations in the country. But if you’re just visiting for the day, there are plenty of great options ranging from dinner cruises to kayaking that will enable you to access some of the Colorado River’s most scenic slot canyons. Boat trips and canyon tours depart frequently from Wahweap Marina and Antelope Point Marina.

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