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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.

Super short easy trail to a little flower garden off the rocks. The garden is really cool!

on Trail to Skylight Arch

hiking
no shade
rocky
2 days ago

Great trail, easy hike for young kids, beautiful overlooks throughout the hike. It was a little confusing as we got to the arch as you are on top of the arch if you go one direction but you get a beautiful view of it if from across a canyon if you go the other way.

on Hanging Garden Trail

hiking
15 days ago

Nice easy trail with interesting rock formations.

hiking
no shade
16 days ago

Great challenge for any hiker. My wife is 5’2 and struggled getting down and up some side climbs without my help. You probably need someone over 5’9 to help shorter people get up some of side wall climbs (we took a rope just in case but never had to use it). Once you get to the 25 foot dry drop waterfall area you have stay on west side ledges for 1/3 of the way, then crossover to east side ledge for 1/4 of the hike. Watch for the cairns (Little Rock piles) marker where to go (some are misleading).

hiking
no shade
1 month ago

Although short, not worth it when hot.

hiking
1 month ago

This is a gorgeous hike! It's definitely rated hard for a reason, but was doable. We had ages 14, 16, 19, 40, 43, 60, 63, and 65 on this hike. Our 19 year old had done the hike several times and knew the route to go, which was nice because it's not always clear. We enjoyed a dip in the cool, refreshing river at the end. Take plenty of water! We ran out and it got hot and uncomfortable toward the end.

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no shade
rocky
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Both of us are in our early 60’s and the “hard” rating almost scared us off. Turned out to be a great hike with the reward of dipping your feet or whatever in the Colorado river at the bottom. There is a little rock climbing involved, but a well marked trail with stone cairns guide you to the best path.

hiking
no shade
2 months ago

End destination is pretty neat and makes you appreciate just how wild plants are. Hike is short and well marked. Completely exposed and very hot, so be prepared!

hiking
no shade
off trail
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Nice short stroll. Good views. Interesting rocks. Add the viewpoint diversion.

hiking
muddy
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail. A few areas where you need to scramble but all in all extremely pleasant. About 2.5 miles in and you reach the Colorado River. The water feels incredibly fresh on a hot summer day. But the entire trail was absolutely fantastic. Just checked the weather for flash floods but other than that there is really no danger. Enjoy!

hiking
muddy
rocky
scramble
2 months ago

Hiked this on July 22nd with my 22-year old daughter. Having researched the hike on Youtube and reading many reviews, I felt we were prepared. Being near 62 and a novice hiker, I was somewhat concerned with our ability to make it to the river. There were several instances we could have turned back, but patience and carefully ensuring the best route got us to our destination. We started at appx. 7:30 am and successfully returned to Page, AZ for a planned tour of Antelope Canyon by 12:30 pm. There were several cairns to follow different paths but we found by marking them for our return most helpful. Overall, the hike gave great satisfaction to two novice hikers.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful trail, a bit confusing at first but start near the sign and it’ll take you under the road to the wash. Incredible geologic features the entire hike and the Colorado River at the end is breathtaking!

hiking
3 months ago

Short and easy hike with really neat destination. Very accessible for people of all hiking experience.

hiking
no shade
3 months ago

Great hike. So much fun. Visual Overload is the best way to describe it. The above description states heavily trafficked. We didn’t see anybody. Time of year and or day—- maybe?? A little lite climbing involved here, nothing extreme. There a little markers “rock piles” that help guide you to the correct path- up and down this way, go left or righ that way etc. so keep an eye out for them. At the end of the trail you are greeted by the Colorado river. I loved this hiked.

walking
no shade
4 months ago

Neat history and amazing views. The heat made the Colorado look so inviting!

hiking
4 months ago

I would recommend this trail for a short, relatively easy walk. Definitely something to see at the end, but not up to the hype. Still easy enough to go with the family. Stay in shade when you get to the end to relax a bit.

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off trail
rocky
4 months ago

walking
4 months ago

Gorgeous views, if you are in the area definitely take a short break to walk across the bridge and take it all in.

hiking
no shade
4 months ago

A nice short easy hike. Folks actually lined the trail with stones. It was impossible to go off trail. I had bigger expectations for the hanging gardens, but the phenomenon was very interesting. I ended up hiking down to Lake Powell, (about 3 miles, moderate). That was a fun hike and thee views were good.

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