Travel & Outdoors

Getaway Guide to Lake Powell, UT

August 4, 2012 6:00 AM

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Whether you enjoy relaxing by the lake or action-packed wakeboarding, Lake Powell has it all. This is a perfect place to enjoy almost 2,000 miles of shoreline while taking a break from it all in a beautiful setting. Explore canyons while hiking or riding horseback, or take a scenic Jeep tour through these areas. Plan to camp, hotels just can’t do this gorgeous area justice.

Getting There:

To get to Lake Powell from Las Vegas, take the I-515 north to UT-9 west to U.S. 89 south. Take Highway 89 south past Greenhaven, Ariz. Turn left at mile marker 554 into Wahweap North Entrance Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.

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Stops Along The Way:

Rainbow National Stone Bridge Monument
691 Scenic View Drive
Page, AZ  86040
(928) 608-6404
www.gorp.com

Price: free

Rainbow National Stone Bridge is the largest natural bridge at 290 feet tall and 270 feet across. An ideal place for horseback riding or hiking, it’s arguably one of the most stunning natural wonders in the country. Overnight lodging and services are available at Bullfrog or Hall’s Crossing. Access it by boat to learn why the native Americans of years past have held this bridge sacred for generations.

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What To Do:

Hike North Wash to Stair Canyon
Hite, UT
www.rei.com

For a break from the water, and to get in your cardio for the day, try the Stair Canyon hike. Located right by Lake Powell marina, this long, but easy, hike will lead you through some of Utah’s best canyons. The whole trail goes 7.2 miles, but feel free to just do a small portion of it or explore areas around the trail, like a view of the Henry Mountains or down into the canyons.

Guided Fishing Trip
Lake Powell, UT
(928) 645-1027
www.lakepowell.com

Click here for prices

Try your hand at catching a fresh dinner. If you’ve never fished before, or aren’t sure where or how, check out the area’s guided fishing tours. While it can be pricey, it may be more fun to go with a skilled guide and actually catch something, than to leave the dock empty handed. The whole day rate includes lunch, and if you want something cheaper, or don’t want to spend all day waiting to hook something, half day and hourly guides are available.

Related: Summer Safety

Dining:

dambar Getaway Guide to Lake Powell, UT

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Dam Bar and Gril
644 N. Navajo Drive
Page, AZ 86040
www.damplaza.com

Have a nice night out with a fancy dinner at Dam Bar and Grill. The restaurant offers a stunning view of Glen Canyon Dam and delicious great steak and seafood. Enjoy outdoor seating as well if you can’t get enough of the scenery. Besides providing an upscale dinner, Dam Bar and Grill is a great place to grab a couple of beers after a day on the lake. Don’t miss out on trivia games and weekly contests.

Lodging

quailparklodge Getaway Guide to Lake Powell, UT

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Quail Park Lodge
125 N. 300 West
Kanab, UT 84741
www.quailparklodge.com

With all of the movies shot in this area, it’s no wonder it’s nicknamed Little Hollywood. Enjoy beautiful canyon views all around this recently remodeled lodge. An affordable and gorgeous place to spend the night, expect standard amenities perfect for any non-camper visiting the area. All rooms are non-smoking and come with complimentary wireless Internet service.

Bullfrog Marina

Highway 276
Lake Powell, UT 84533

(800) 528-6154
www.lakepowell.com

If you want to rough it a bit for a night, Bullfrog Marina offers an excellent camping area with RV parking and showers and restroom facilities. Spend the night right on the lake and sleep under the stars for the perfect night out in this gorgeous area. Catch your dinner right on the lake; there are also charcoal grills and tables perfect for enjoying a summer picnic with family and friends.

Hall’s Crossing 
78 W Hwy 276
Lake Powell, UT  84533
(800) 275-8777
www.lakepowell.com

Hall’s Crossing offers yet another camping area complete with RV parking, grills, picnic tables, restrooms and showers. Just a ferry ride away from Bullfrog Marina, it even allows leashed pets. Rather than staying at a motel or campground, there is also the option of staying overnight in a houseboat for those who woultions d like to try something different.

Lisa Miller is a freelance writer covering all things Las Vegas. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.

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