Looking for a great trail in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Arizona? AllTrails has 6 great hiking trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 3 easy trails in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area ranging from 1.2 to 1.3 miles and from 3,444 to 3,937 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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Glen Canyon National Recreation Area (shortened to Glen Canyon NRA or GCNRA) is a recreation and conservation unit of the National Park Service (USA) that encompasses the area around Lake Powell and lower Cataract Canyon in Utah and Arizona, covering 1,254,429 acres (5,076 km) of mostly desert. The recreation area borders Capitol Reef National Park and Canyonlands National Park on the north, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument on the west, Vermilion Cliffs National Monument and the northeasternmost reaches of Grand Canyon National Park on the southwest, and the Navajo Indian Reservation on the southeast.

hiking
22 days ago

Must do! Wonderful the whole way. Loved sun bathing at the river

Great hike down to the Colorado River.

Great short hike down to the Colorado river.
There are some steep and reasonably high scramble sections the last km or so that may force people who are afraid of heights to turn around.
Nothing too technical or difficult, but I could see people who arent used to it being a bit freaked out.
Make sure you wear grippy boots, and try and avoid this trail if its damp at all.

backpacking
2 months ago

on Cathedral Wash Trail

hiking
2 months ago

Amazing walk through the canyon and really different to other canyons in the area. Also the end of the wash comes out to the Colorado river and there is rapids there. Easy route to follow (there are groups of black rocks together to help find your way along the way). There is a fair amount of scrambling and climbing but nothing too different. Was mid-November when we went so managed to park at trailhead but there is only parking for 5/6 cars, so maybe tougher to park at trailhead at busier times. There are no toilets at trailhead.

on Hanging Garden Trail

hiking
2 months ago

Nice short walk. The garden is pretty but we also walked up the viewpoint along this trail which gave really nice views of the lake. No toliets at trail head. Was less than 10 people doing walk but was mid-November

It was a pleasant hike. Parking is limited but easy to spot the entrance right off of the road. The hanging gardens aren't worth a detour.

hiking
3 months ago

Exciting hike that’s not too long and offers some great scrambles and climbing opportunities. The view of the river is nice too. There are a few tricky spots and it gets muddy at times, so not for everyone, but a lot of fun if you’re up for it.

This was a nice hike. Nothing really technical about it other than a few river crossings. The water was low for us and never got above our chins. The trail is hard to follow at times, but you can’t get lost. There is always a wall on either side. We actually found that if you start walking toward one wall or the other you may cross about 5 trails. At the turn around point we decided to climb one of the cliffs for a nice view. We also did some side trips up a couple of the washes that were really neat. Overall, we logged 7 miles. Easy hike even for a beginner, just be prepared to get your feet wet.

Really neat trail. The first half is very easy, but the last half to the river gets tough. The trail is not that bad if you can find the best rout, but that is not easy. On our way to the river, we ended up on the wrong side at one point and my brother performed “a committed fail” into the water 8’ below the wall we were on. I managed to get across by climbing the rock higher to get a foot hold. Be sure to wear good shoes and really look for the best routs; most of the time you are not in the bottom of the wash, but on the ledges.

Short but sweet hike with good views. Nothing too crazy

I hiked here back in March and it's one of my favorite trails of the year. I recommend not going solo especially if you aren't experienced. There's a few drops, but it's very fun to navigate as you go along. The river at the end is the best reward.

hiking
3 months ago

If you drive by, I'd suggest making the stop, and walking the bridge. But only if you were going by anyway

hiking
4 months ago

Such an awesome trail! Cairns are going to be your best friend on this trail, they mark when to switch sides and levels throughout the canyon. Definitely be ready to get a little muddy. Incredible sights around every corner. The best parts, in my opinion, are after the 30 ft drop. There are anchors if you want to repel down...but it is doable to get down without ropes.

Really cool trail and definitely a good challenge. The stone markers are helpful and you should be able to get through without wading through any big puddles. A word of advice: if it starts raining, even a light drizzle, get out of the canyon as soon as you can. My wife and I pushed a little further in when it started to drizzle and had a hell of a time coming back out. Everything gets slippery and it floods quickly. If you do get stuck, there are a couple places to climb out of the canyon and walk out to the road.

Easy trail, well marked.
The trail wraps around one hill to the hanging garden, the other part you can climb the hill for more views

walking
4 months ago

Beautiful!

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike. Well worth the effort to get down to the river. Thanks for the markers.

on Cathedral Wash Trail

4 months ago

Wonderful trail. Great scenery. Thank you to people who left stone markers. Truly enjoyed the walk. A few spots where you need to find your way around puddles left by the rain. Would do it again.

Incredible, "inter-active", versatile view hike. start at lonely dell ranch on google maps, bring some water proof shoes, and if you want to not handle with water logistics issues- keep in mind to bring some water purify instruments/pills to get as much water that you like from the river.
The hike is flat- yet extremely muddy - some of the crossings as a result consume some more time.
Watch for flash floods notifications before visiting - this hike can be washed rapidly due to the tender texture of the soil and the already significant presence of water along the trail.

hiking
4 months ago

this is one of the more enjoyable short Trails I've done in awhile. I know there was a lot of comments about difficulty finding the way down but it's fairly well marked if you take your time to look. That being said I did go by myself, which I wouldn't recommend. There was nobody else on the trail untill I actually reached the Colorado River. And then we all hiked out together, and got caught in a little bit of rain/wind right at the very end. I had gone ti Antelope before this to see that amazing canyon, but this "wash" was a more enjoyable hike.

backpacking
4 months ago

As the reviewer before me stated, the difficulty is very subjective. It’s as hard as you make it! I carried in 2 gallons of water and still wished I had a little more, but not sure if it’s worth the extra weight! I conserved and took my last sip 100 feet from where I was parked! Remember hole in the rock road is 2 hours of dirt and no services, so make sure you have lots to drink waiting for you in your vehicle! Then hit Nemo’s in Escalante!

This was an epic little trail, so much fun! Gotta climb a little bit here and there. Something unique and different !

Easy hike to a small dessert and interesting rocks and views

hiking
6 months ago

This trail is under-rated as an easy hike with great views and an interesting feature. We went in the morning around 7-8 am and there was no one else on the trail. Don't hesitate if you're looking for a free, easy, and enjoyable activity in between your other tours in Page.

We are visiting Page for 2 days with 2 families and learned about this place from a tour magazine. After the crowded antelope canyon visits in the morning and noon, we had about 4 hours to spend, and need some change of pace, so we went there afterwards. I did some research ahead and was expecting that big drop. I also need to point out we are not serious hikers and we got 4 kids in our group from 10 to 17. But way before that big drop, only 5 mins after we started the hike, we were challenged by a big mud hole which we spent 30 mins trying to figure out how to pass. There were at least 2 couples returned from that point visibly disappointed since they could not pass that spot. Eventually, we managed to pass from the left side by inching around the wall. There were a few holes on the wall where you can position your foot barely and you can use your hands to grab around on the top which could serve as a handle. There was no mention of this mud hole in any of the reviews I read and after passing this mud hole, nothing was harder even with the big drop. Not sure if there are any other ways around that mud hole but we were glad we eventually managed through. For that big drop, just keep to the right and look for the cairns almost straight cross the areas where the water fall supposedly to come down. We made to the Colorado river. It was a fun challenge and everyone liked it.

backpacking
6 months ago

I have to remember that these reviews are all subjective. I almost decided not to go based on reviews. However, this hike is not hard. I did it in August, 99° weather, and just did it right.

I hiked in at 6 pm. It was still almost 100° but it was mostly in shade. Took me only 3 hours, and the last half hour was in the dark. I found it just fine.

The morning view is worth sleeping on the rocks. Just remember that water is very important. I have a very large bladder for my backpack, and also took my 32 oz hydroflask. It was barely enough.

Took our 10 and 7yo along. Loved it! Some fun climbs and descents.

This hike was one of the best I’ve done! You start off pretty slow then come to some huge drops that you have to work around. If you are just starting to hike or have any restrictions when it comes to climbing/ maneuvering in small spaces this may be one you want to miss! If you are strong willed and work around the biggest 30 or so foot drop then I applaud you! Toward the end of the train you will start to hear the water from the Colorado river! It then becomes louder and louder until you finally reach the destination which is so so so rewarding! Overall a wonderful hike that was not over crowded!

Such a good little trail. Got to do some rock scrambling. Beware of mud sink holes. Found the Colorado River!

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