The Glen Canyon National Recreation Area is the area on and around Lake Powell, which was formed by the building of the Glen Canyon dam near Page, Arizona. Most areas are inaccessible except by boat. The Hite Area is where these photos were taken. This camping and boat launch area is on the northern end of Lake Powell. The area is named for Cass Hite, whom, you may remember, mined the area and "discovered" the three bridges in Natural Bridges National Monument.
Encompassing over 1.2 million acres, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area (NRA) offers unparalleled opportunities for water-based & backcountry recreation. The recreation area stretches for hundreds of miles from Lees Ferry in Arizona to the Orange Cliffs of southern Utah, encompassing scenic vistas, geologic wonders, and a vast panorama of human history. The Glen Canyon NRA was established in 1972 "to provide for public use and enjoyment and to preserve the area's scientific, historic, and scenic features."
Glen Canyon has been home to people for thousands of years. Archaic and prehistoric Indian cultures roamed and lived in the canyons. Later, a vast panorama of explorers, miners, ranchers, historic Indian tribes, and others left their mark here. In more recent times, a few hardy homesteaders, river runners, and uranium miners lived, worked, or played among the canyons until they were filled by the waters of Lake Powell.
Today, Glen Canyon still provides the opportunity for modern day explorers to seek their own adventures, whether it be on the water or in the backcountry. The area covered by the park extends from the western boundary of Canyonlands National Park and the eastern boundary of Capitol Reef National Park and south to the Navajo Bridge Interpretive Center near the Vermillion Cliffs National Monument.
Sources: NPS website and Wikipedia
Approaching Glen Canyon and Lake Powell
Glen Canyon has been periodically used by a variety of human groups from about 11,500 years ago through the present.
Steep, narrow canyons are in abundance
Above is the Colorado River canyon
On the right is a bridge across the Colorado RIver
The Colorado in both directions from the center of the bridge
Isn't that cool?
Photos from my Lake Powell Campsite
As evening fell, I caught this raven heading home for the night
I counted 63 stars visible in the original photo on the left
The Next Day
Hite sunrise. The next day, I took a drive thinking I could drive along the lake shore for a good stretch. The road only went about a mile then ended. I could have walked that. However, I did get some good shots of the lake and canyon.
HITE, Utah is a remote Ranger District located at the top of Lake Powell, adjacent to the confluence of the Colorado and Dirty Devil Rivers. Cass Hite lived in Glen Canyon as long as anyone except the Ancestral Puebloans. Cass, who had been prospecting in the Navajo Mountain country, arrived in Glen Canyon in September, 1883. Cass was looking for gold, and he found it in the sands and gravel along the Colorado River. His discovery set off the Glen Canyon gold rush. Cass Hite had reached the Colorado River by way of White Canyon, and near its mouth, he’d found a good place to cross the river. He named it "Dandy Crossing." Indeed, it was the best crossing of the Colorado River above Lees Ferry. The many prehistoric sites in the area suggest that this river crossing was well known to early inhabitants as well as to the Navajo. Hopeful prospectors soon headed for Glen Canyon and the town they named "Hite City." But the gold the miners found was all fine gold dust, difficult to recover, and mining operations soon petered out. Cass Hite built the first structure in the townsite named after him. It was a cabin of notched logs salvaged from the river. A post office was established in 1889. Mail was brought by horseback from the railhead at Green River, 100 miles away. Cass and his brothers operated a small store in conjunction with the post office, services much appreciated by the miners and others passing through. Cass died at his ranch in Ticaboo Canyon in 1914. The town of Hite now lies at the bottom of Lake Powell. Lake Powell has brought new life to Hite. Today, visitors launch many types of boats from Hite's five launching areas, exploring the lake and river canyons and camping along the shores. A modern highway now crosses the Colorado and Dirty Devil Rivers on steel-girded bridges.
I did not know that ants collected nectar and through that process pollinate flowers
Most of these campers are also boaters, who launched onto Lake Powell. Another evening came.
Morning Two and Leaving Glen Canyon
Looking back to where I was
A different angle on the bridge from way up on the other side
Saw this chipmunk scavaging along the edge of the cliff and took these photos
Goodbye to Lake Powell and on to Capitol Reef National Park