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Address: Tonalea Coconino County, AZ
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Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: The controversial dam that was built to create Lake Powell.
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great tour of dam; great views from bridge

You don't realize how big the dam is and what an engineering feat is was to build until you take the tour. The guide was excellent. There are good photo ops along the tour... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 17, 2015
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Upland, California
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Upland, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

You don't realize how big the dam is and what an engineering feat is was to build until you take the tour. The guide was excellent. There are good photo ops along the tour. Outside of the visitor center (along the parking area and along the bridge over the Colorado River) are great views of the dam, lake and river;... More 

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Pocatello, Idaho
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

The visitor center gives you as much information as some smaller mediums. Interesting. They offered a tour of the dam.

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

We visited this facility twice in the time that we were there, both times it was quite busy and the second time we paid for the five dollar tour of the workings of the Dam....it takes about 40 minutes, guided an electrical engineer at the time for his whole career and had retired as a tour guide for the last... More 

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

We dropped in at the Carl Hayden visitor centre. It has a huge exhibit of the dam which was great for the kids. A gift shop to pick up souvenirs, a clean restroom and offered an expansive view of the Glen Canyon dam and Lake Powell. Comparing to Hoover Dam, Glen Canyon is much more accessible and easy to get... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

It is similar to all other dams. But it is much easier to walk in and take the tour. However you cannot just walk on the dam like Hoover dam. You have to take the tour to walk on the dam. There are many view points to view the dam. Tips: Take the tour - it is only $5. Go... More 

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Pleasanton, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

Any construction of this scale deserves some attention. Stopping Colorado river is not an easy task and an effort of this magnitude is worth a visit. It's big and impressive and running, well, like a well oiled machine. But it doesn't have some drama or legend behind it, so in that sense it's "just another dam". So it's a great... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

Note that you also get a great view of the dam and the canyon from the view point at the Page; just continue on 89 south towards Page after the visitor center and you'll see it. This view point is right next to 89. It's free and need a minute or two walk down the stairs for the view point.... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

We stopped here on our way to Horseshoe Bend and glad we did. The views are awesome and the visitor center is really nice, friendly folks that work there and a gentleman that gave us some good information about the area. Not sure how often they let the water thru but while we were there we got to see this... More 

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Bedfordshire, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

We did the tour and it was well worth the money but more so was the fact that it's not everywhere you can go see a dam and it's internals. It was a really interesting tour and our guide was very knowledgeable having grown up in the area. The Visitor Centre also has a wealth of information. If you visit... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Went in July 2009. It is less crowded than Hoover Dam, so you can take your time and explore the place and look at the Dam slowly. Love the views, it is really grand. We took our own sweet time to walk around the visitor center and look at the Dam.

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