Local’s List: Lake Powell

Immerse yourself in the heart of the American Southwest by exploring the wonders of Lake Powell. This spectacular reservoir on the Colorado River straddles the border of Utah and Arizona. It’s a backdrop for relaxation and water enjoyment and a playground for those seeking adrenaline-fueled escapades. Situated in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and drawing close to two million visitors annually, Lake Powell offers a unique mix of popular attractions and hidden local secrets. Dive into our guide to discover the best things to do in Lake Powell.

Local Favorite Activities

Lake Powell is a hub of adventure and scenic beauty. Nestled among the majestic Glen Canyon and nearby Grand Staircase National Monument, it offers boundless opportunities for both water and land activities.

Lake Powell Boating and Watersports

With its crystal-clear water and stunning sandstone canyons, Lake Powell is an ideal playground for boating and watersports. Whether you prefer the calm of kayaking or stand-up paddleboarding, the thrill of jet skiing, or the excitement of wakeboarding, the lake’s vast expanse offers endless opportunities for water-based fun. You can rent a boat from Wahweap Marina or book a guided tour for a day of fun on the water.

Rainbow Bridge National Monument

Witness a rainbow frozen in stone. Rainbow Bridge is one of the world’s largest natural bridges, presenting a breathtaking sight that captures the imagination. Access to Rainbow Bridge is an adventure in itself. Take a boat journey on Lake Powell, where a floating dock and restrooms greet you before the scenic 1-mile hike to the monument.

Lone Rock Beach

Enjoy Lake Powell from land at Lone Rock Beach. Relax on the sand beach or dip in the crystal-blue waters and enjoy scenic views. Lone Rock is dog-friendly and the perfect place to spend time with family. Pack a picnic for a shore lunch, and remember to bring sunscreen.

Horseshoe Bend

Witness sunrise or sunset from Horseshoe Bend for spectacular views, where the Colorado River bends in a dramatic 270-degree arc. This natural wonder is accessible via a 1.5-mile round-trip hike and is a perfect spot for photography enthusiasts and nature lovers alike.

UTV Adventures

Feel the rush on a UTV adventure through the rugged landscapes of Grand Staircase-Escalante and Vermillion Cliffs. These off-road tours offer an exhilarating way of exploring the vast wilderness and showcasing the desert’s untouched beauty.


Canyoneering combines hiking, scrambling, and rappelling to navigate Elephant Canyon’s breathtaking slot canyons. This activity is perfect for those looking to add an element of adventure and perhaps try something new and exciting with an experienced local guide.

Horseback Riding

Saddle up for a horseback ride through scenic trails. Join professional cowboys to appreciate the grandeur of the desert landscapes overlooking Lake Powell, connecting you with the history and natural beauty of the Southwest.

Local Favorite Hikes

Explore the majestic wilderness with these favorite local hikes, offering a range of experiences from easy walks to challenging treks in the Grand Staircase, Kanab, Page, and Marble Canyon areas.

Grand Staircase – Escalante Hikes

Toadstool Hoodoo Trail

This easy, 1.8-mile round trip trail leads to fascinating rock formations resembling toadstools, set against a backdrop of colorful, eroded badlands.

Lower Hackberry Canyon

Set out on a moderately challenging 11-mile round trip hike through a creek-carved canyon for a semi-technical hike through narrow, towering walls.

Cottonwood Narrows

Experience a beautiful 3.5-mile one-way slot canyon hike that showcases the striking narrow passages of the Grand Staircase.

Grosvenor Arch

Witness this impressive double arch with a short 0.25-mile walk in a remote section of Grand Staircase-Escalante.

Kanab, Utah Hikes

Belly of The Dragon

Set out on a unique and easy 0.5-mile round trip hike through a man-made tunnel that resembles the inside of a dragon. This family-friendly hike is just 20 miles from Zion National Park.

Sand Cave

Explore a hidden gem offering an adventurous 3-mile round trip hike to a large cave with unique sandstone formations.

Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park

Spend a day exploring the shifting landscapes of coral-hued dunes through several trails or off-trail adventures at Coral Pink Sand Dunes Park, between Zion and Lake Powell.

Page, Arizona Hikes

Page Rim Trail

Embark on an epic 10-mile loop trail that offers panoramic views of Lake Powell, the Glen Canyon Dam, and the Vermilion Cliffs.

Horseshoe Bend

Hike the easy 1.5-mile round-trip trail to this must-visit landmark. It offers a picture-perfect view of the Colorado River’s dramatic bend.

Lake Powell Navajo Tribal Park 

Antelope Canyon

Antelope Canyon is unlike any other place on Earth. At midday, when the sun is shining, light beams cut into the canyon, illuminating the narrow orange sandstone walls. Photographers come from around the world to witness this phenomenon. Hiking tours are typically an hour long with minimal incline, and the only way to access the area is with an authorized Navajo guide, so it’s important to book in advance if this experience is on your Lake Powell itinerary.

Marble Canyon/Lees Ferry Hikes

Spencer Trail

This challenging 4-mile round trip hike rewards with breathtaking views of the Colorado River and Marble Canyon.

Lonely Dell Ranch

Explore the historic ranch and orchards on an easy, 1-mile round trip hike, offering a glimpse into the area’s pioneering past.

Upper Ferry Trail

Follow the path of early settlers on a moderate 2-mile round trip hike, providing stunning river vistas and a historical perspective.

Local Favorite Restaurants

Refuel after your adventures at these beloved local eateries, known for their delicious cuisine and cozy ambiance.

Kanab, Utah Restaurants

Sego Restaurant

Sego is known for inventive dishes that blend regional ingredients with global flavors. The upscale yet comfortable ambiance makes for a memorable dining experience.

Rocking V Cafe

With its vibrant atmosphere and walls adorned with local art, Rocking V Cafe serves up a variety of dishes, focusing on fresh, local ingredients.

Wild Thyme Cafe

Dine in a cozy setting with a menu emphasizing healthy, hearty, and homemade meals.

Vermillion 45

This French-inspired bistro delights diners with its refined menu, featuring exquisite dishes prepared with a creative twist and a focus on fresh, local produce.

Big Al’s Burgers Drive-in

A throwback to classic American drive-ins, Big Al’s is famous for its juicy burgers, crispy fries, and friendly service, all served in a nostalgic, casual setting.

Escobar’s Mexican Restaurant

A family-owned gem, Escobar’s is loved for its authentic Mexican cuisine, warm hospitality, and traditional recipes passed down through generations.

Page, AZ

Bird House

The Bird House wins hearts with its charming, laid-back vibe and a menu full of comforting, made-from-scratch meals that feel like a hug in a bowl.

Grand Canyon Brewing & Distillery

This spot is not just a brewery or distillery. It offers a unique blend of craft beers and artisan spirits and a menu of satisfying, pub-style eats in a relaxed setting.

New York Teriyaki

For those craving Japanese food, New York Teriyaki serves up various teriyaki dishes, sushi rolls, and more in a fast, friendly environment.

Blue Buddha Sushi Lounge

Enjoy a selection of creative sushi rolls, sashimi, and Japanese-inspired dishes in a stylish setting.

Dam Bar & Grille

A local hotspot, Dam Bar & Grille is known for its hearty American cuisine, generous portions, and a lively atmosphere that makes every meal feel like a celebration.

El Tapatio

Known for its flavorful meals and generous margaritas, it’s a go-to for locals and visitors alike.

Where to Stay Near Lake Powell

Experience the best of Lake Powell by staying at Under Canvas Lake Powell – Grand Staircase, where local exploration meets comfort. Enjoy stargazing at the world’s first DarkSky-Certified Resort and enjoy on-site slot canyon adventures, seamlessly blending luxury with the natural beauty of one of the U.S.’s top destinations.


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