The Under Canvas Lake Powell – Grand Staircase Travel Guide

Welcome to Lake Powell, where the desert meets the water and creates a breathtaking landscape. Spanning across Arizona and Utah, Lake Powell is a place of wonder and adventure, where towering red rock formations rise from the crystal-clear water and nature’s beauty shines in every direction. With over 2,000 miles of shoreline and a depth that exceeds 500-feet, Lake Powell offers a one-of-a-kind experience you won’t find anywhere else. This guide will help you make the most of your visit to Lake Powell.

Things to See Around Lake Powell

Antelope Canyon

This unique and stunning slot canyon is a photographer’s dream come true and is a must-see for first-time visitors! With its breathtaking curves and twists, Antelope Canyon offers a breathtaking view of light and color that changes with the movement of the sun. Visiting the canyon requires a tour guide and permit, but it’s well worth it.

Glen Canyon Dam

Second in size only to Hoover Dam, the Glen Canyon Dam is an engineering marvel that creates the beautiful Lake Powell. You can tour the power plant and see how electricity is generated, or simply take in the views from the overlook of the dam. This is a great place to learn about the history and engineering behind Lake Powell and the Colorado River.

Wahweap Overlook

For those who want to take in the panoramic views of Lake Powell, the Wahweap Overlook is a must-visit. From this vantage point, you’ll be able to see for miles in every direction, taking in the beauty of the towering red rock formations and the sparkling blue water of Lake Powell.

Lone Rock

This monolithic rock formation rises from the waters of Lake Powell, like a mountain in the middle of the lake. Whether you’re kayaking, jet skiing, or simply lounging on the beach, Lone Rock is a great place to take a break and enjoy the beauty of Lake Powell from the beach area.

Reflection Canyon 

This hidden gem is gaining more popularity for its picturesque display of winding and towering red rock formations along the waters of Lake Powell. The best way to see this area of Glen Canyon Recreation Area is by boat or by plane to take in the grandeur of the landscape.

Things to Do Around Lake Powell

For those who are looking for adventure, Lake Powell has plenty to offer.

Have Fun on the Water

One of the most popular activities is a Jet Ski tour, where you can explore the many nooks and crannies of the lake and see its beauty from a different perspective. You can rent kayaks, Jet Skis, power boats, and more from the Wahweap Marina, just 20 minutes from Under Canvas. If you prefer to take things a bit slower, a float down the Colorado River is a great way to relax and enjoy the scenery.

Hike to Horseshoe Bend

Another great adventure is a hike to this famous photo spot, where you can see the Colorado River as it winds through a horseshoe-shaped canyon. This is a moderate hike, but the views are truly breathtaking, and the adventure is well worth it.

Take a Scenic Drive

If you’re looking to sit back and take in the sights, the Hole-In-The-Rock road is not to be missed. This scenic drive offers stunning views of Lake Powell and the surrounding landscape and is a great way to see the beauty of the area from a different perspective. The 62-mile drive one way begins at Grand Staircase-Escalante and ends on the western shore of Lake Powell.

Explore Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

For those who are looking to get away from it all and explore the Grand Staircase-Escalante backcountry, Lake Powell is the perfect starting point. This area is home to countless miles of backcountry roads, scenic vistas, and breathtaking landscapes, and is a great place to get in touch with nature. Hike along the banks of the Escalante River or to Lower Calf Creek Falls to experience a spectacular waterfall where you can swim and cool off.

Hike the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument

The lesser-known Vermilion Cliffs are home to a medley of geological wonders including The Wave in Coyote Buttes. This popular attraction is known for its swirling colors and wave-like patterns in the Navajo sandstone. The Wave requires a permit to visit, but don’t worry, there’s plenty more to explore in this hidden gem including Marble Canyon, White Pocket, and Paria Canyon.

Where to Eat & Drink Around Lake Powell

When it comes to food, Lake Powell offers a variety of dining options to suit any taste.

LP Espresso 

Start your day with a delicious coffee and a fresh croissant from a local coffee shop.

Bird House

For those who love fried chicken sandwiches and beer, Bird House is the place to go.

Big John’s Texas BBQ

Get your fix for slow-smoked eats at this laid-back and authentic Texas BBQ joint.

Latitude 37

Enjoy a happy hour or nice dinner with epic waterfront views at Lake Powell’s floating restaurant.

Sunset 89 

Treat yourself to delicious Pacific Rim-inspired finger foods, burgers, and bowls with fabulous views of Lake Powell and Glen Canyon.

Under Canvas

For the ultimate dining experience, Under Canvas Lake Powell – Grand Staircase is the place to be. The al fresco restaurant onsite offers locally sourced and seasonal menu options, all with stunning views of Lake Powell. Whether you’re in the mood for a quick bite or a fine dining experience, you’ll find something to love here.

Lake Powell is a place of beauty and adventure, where you can experience the beauty of the desert, the wonder of the water, and the excitement of a new adventure. Whether you’re here for a couple of days or a week, you’re sure to fall in love with this stunning landscape and all that it has to offer. So pack your bags, grab your sunscreen, and get ready for a trip you’ll never forget!

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