Glen Canyon Dam & Bridge

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Africancrab Africanc…
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Glen Canyon Dam & Carl Hayden Visitor Center Aug 22, 2010
Visitors to Page have an opportunity to visit the Glen canyon Dam. We made a quick stop enroute to Utah. The Bridge and Dam are a work of art and architectural achievement. The Dam reminded me of Hoover Dam. The construction sytle is impressive and looks dangerous. I wondered as we crossed the bridge if people died during it's construction. The construction of AHoover Dam tookk many lives, the nature of Glen Dam leaves one wondering about the people who constructed it.

It's construction/ the first blasts began as early as 1956. Prior to that it was not possible to access the area beyod the brigde. The next year concrete placement began and continued night and day until the final bucket was dumped three years later. A bucket held 24 tons of damp concrete and it took over 400,000 of them to build the dam. Over five million cubic yards of concrete make up the dam and power plant -- that's equal to enough to build a four-lane highway stretching from Phoenix, Arizona to Chicago, Illinois. Construction began on the 3,700 foot dam with blocks of concrete 7.5 feet high.

Unlike Hoover Dam, there is no security and access to the Carl Hayden visitor center is easy. Unfortunately we did not make it to the center. It was closed on our return journey.
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X_Drive X_Drive
837 reviews
Jul 10, 2006
October 1956 began the building of the dam and bridge. It took three years to complete the bridge, but that permitted trucks to deliver materials and equipment to the site a savings of 200 miles. On September 22, 1966 Ladybird Johnson dedicated the dam. It took 17 years for Lake Powell to fill for the first time. Much of the electricity of the southwest is generated here at Glen Canyon. Tours are available into the depths of the dam, but security is high.

The lake is great for water lovers and boaters who like to try and get lost because it can really happen in this lake with all of its small remote fingers and inlets.

There is one other major draw to the area and that is Rainbow Bridge. To reach the largest natural bridge takes a seven and half hour tour by boat and includes a major hike most of the year depending on the water level of the lake.

But other than that obvious draw, visiting the dam is just a short stop and a place to take a few nice pictures of the dam and bridge.
The Bridge
The Dam
The Visitor Center
Rainbow Bridge. We didn't get to g…
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petrarchanprincess says:
Yeah, you can thank the coal companies for the water decrease.
Posted on: Apr 22, 2007
WaltJake says:
I was amazed at how low the water had gotten, since I was last here 8 years ago!
Posted on: Apr 03, 2007

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