Lake Powell, Reflection Canyon. Aerial.
Glen Canyon National Recreational Area encompasses more than one million acres of incredibly diverse and beautiful land. Canyons and buttes, desert sands and dark blue waters invite you to discover a place that tells the story of nearly 650 million years of the earth’s history.
Lake Powell – the hart of Glen Canyon is 186 miles long and has 1,960 miles of shoreline, which is longer than the entire west coast of the continental United States. There are 96 major canyons to explore though you’ll need a water craft for the majority of them since access is limited because there are few roads. Lake was formed by Glen Canyon Dam and named in honor of Civil War veteran and explorer John Wesley Powell, who led a scientific expedition in wooden boats down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon in 1869. Glen Canyon Dam, a concrete structure rising 710 feet above the Colorado River, was completed in 1963. The dam provides essential water storage and power for much of the southwestern United States.
In my opinion Lake Powell is one of the best examples of how man intrusion can make our Earth even more beautiful. This surrealistic landscape of crystal-clear lake surrounded by colorful canyons, peaks and buttes draws visitors from around the world and is a perennial favorite location for photographers and filmmakers. Some places and some angles here are reachable by air only, so I planned and completed several aerial photo-expeditions in the area.
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