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Then we crossed the River and signed up for the next Dam tour. We had to pass through security screening and pay a nominal fee. As a federal power plant facility, security measures are in place. While no bags, purses, knives, weapons (duh!) or food are allowed on the tour, wallets, cameras, and clear water bottles are welcome.
On the tour, we got to walk out on top of the dam with a knowledgeable guide. There are some artifacts on display.
The tour took us from the top of the dam, and down into it to see the workings of the power plant.
The Dam was completed in 1966 and forms Lake Powell. Though touted as a vital source of renewable energy and regulated water flow, environmental groups criticized its impact on the Grand Canyon’s ecosystem. Because of the controversy, it was one of the last dams of its size to be built in the USA.
To see my other Glen Canyon National Recreation Area posts, please click on the links:
- Horseshoe Bend
- Lone Rock Beach
- Navajo Bridge
- Wahweap Overlook & Marina
- Colorado River & Petroglyph Walk
- Hanging Garden Trail
- Antelope Canyon
Location: Hwy 89, Page, AZ
Designation: National Recreation Area
Date designation declared: 10/27/1972
Date of my visit: 8/18/2014