Lake Powell: a Heavenly Summer Destination

Lake Powell Beauty

Southern Utah is famous for its recreational outdoor activities and its stunning scenery. One place that encompasses all of that is Lake Powell. Lake Powell's 1,960-mile shoreline spans both Utah and Arizona. This leading vacation destination has around two million people visiting each year. It also holds the title of the most popular house-boating lake in America. The turquoise waters between the sandstone canyons, sitting underneath a golden sun - it’s a heavenly sight.  

Up for Adventure 

The major summer activities that make Lake Powell so popular are boating and water sports. The glassy water is great for boating enthusiasts or those looking for a refreshing swim.  The desert beaches that sit against the canyon walls are the perfect spot to park a houseboat or camp. The vast open spaces of warm lake water allow for all kinds of activities such as wake surfing, wakeboarding, waterskiing, tubing, or riding on a jet ski. Whether you're the athletic type or the one who simply wants to relax on the boat watching the teal waves splash, Lake Powell is the perfect destination for your summer paradise.

Gone Fishing

If you’re looking for a summer leisure activity, Lake Powell is home to all kinds of fish -  smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, striped bass, walleye, channel catfish, crappie, and bluegill, to name a few. It’s also fun to grill fish right out of the lake for a fresh and delicious dinner. The spring and fall months are when the fish are most active, so you can still spend time at Lake Powell even during the colder months. After all, what is a trip to the lake without fishing?

Take a Hike 

There are plenty of charming hiking destinations throughout Southern Utah and Lake Powell houses a few. Horseshoe Bend, a large curve in the Colorado River, technically isn’t on Lake Powell, but 5-miles away in Glen Canyon. It’s a geographical formation called “entrenched meander” and the hike to go see it is easy - only 1.5 miles. Horseshoe Bend is a beautiful phenomenon; the lake water and canyon rocks change color throughout the day. It’s Lake Powell’s #1 attraction and it’s a must-see! Rainbow Bridge National Monument is the largest natural bridge in all of the U.S. It is 290 feet tall and spans 275 feet. It looks like a rainbow was trapped inside of red Kayenta sandstone - it’s a miraculous sight. Rainbow Bridge is a favorite tourist spot and it’s sacred to the Navajo Indians. There are also Jurassic fossils imprinted into the stone near the bridge. To reach the bridge you can take a boat ride or hike 14 miles. It’s well worth the journey.

Sleep Amongst the Stars

Lake Powell has the most beautiful starry nights. Because it’s a natural destination with little pollution, the clear sky sparkles with stars. The sunrises and sunsets are also some of the most breathtaking sights in all of Southern Utah. With picturesque views, smooth waters, and endlessly fun activities, a trip to Lake Powell will guarantee fun and enjoyable memories that will last for a lifetime.

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