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“One of a Kind Experience!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Glen Canyon Dam

Glen Canyon Dam
Page, AZ
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Ranked #8 of 17 attractions in Page
Type: Dams
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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Owner description: The controversial dam that was built to create Lake Powell.
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“One of a Kind Experience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2009

Glen Canyon Dam is a very unique and worthwhile visit! Located just a mile or two from Page, Az it is easily accessible and is definately worth the 2 minute drive from Page! The visitor center offers a gift shop filled with southwest books and trinkets. And it has information on the building process and history of the dam and town of Page. It has a small theater that shows various documentaries about Glen Canyon Dam. The highlight of course is getting to actually go out onto the dam itself and enter the service elevator which takes you deep into the heart of the Dam. Tour guides explain various features and history as you descend over 200 feet into the canyon. Amazing views from the bottom provide for interesting pictures! They also show you the many turbines which supply power for much of the American west. If you love history, science, arcitecture, or have always wanted to see what a hydroelectric power station looks like, this is for you. The kids especially enjoy the tour! Fees to take the tour are minimal, and parking is free. If you are passing through or are going to make a stop in Page, make this a must see!!!!

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Charlotte, NC, USA
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“Interesting tour ...and it's free !”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2008

The Glen Canyon Dam is comparable in size to Hoover Dam (GC is ~16 feet shorter, but 300 feet wider). However, I found that the Hoover Dam seems much more visually impressive (perhaps the viewing angles play a role). Regardless, it is an amazing feat of engineering and unlike the very similar tour at Hoover, you can tour Glen Canyon Dam for free.

Arriving on a Wednesday afternoon in early September, the Visitor Center was very quiet and we were able to join the very next tour starting 10 minutes after our arrival. The Visitor Center offers some of the best up-close photo angles of the dam. It also has displays giving both historical notes on the construction of the dam and it's continuing benefit as a producer of electricity. Note: the Visitor Center is a high security area. You must pass through a security screening. Leave all bags in your vehicle. Cameras are allowed.

The tour is short and informative. You walk across the dam, which offers great views of the Glen Canyon Dam Bridge, the canyon itself and Lake Powell. The tour descends via elevator to the base and the location of the hydroelectric turbines. After a brief visit, the tour returns to the Visitor Center.

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Gaborone, Botswana
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“Good Free Tour”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2008

Having already done the pricey tour of the Hoover Dam, I had heard from many people that I would also enjoy the Glen Canyon Dam tour with its much better price….free!

The Glen Canyon Dam is the first dam on the Colorado River and forms Lake Powell. The Colorado continues on until it meets the Hoover Dam and forms Lake Mead.

The tour is free but it is also on a first-come first-serve basis. The tours fill up quickly and you have to sign up in person. During the summer, I would suggest going when they open at 8:00 AM to sign up for a tour, especially if you have several in your party. The visitor’s center has several good views of the dam and many displays as well. There is a great model of Lake Powell. There is a small auditorium that shows a couple different films every 15-30 minutes.

The tour lasts about 60-75 minutes. You start by walking out on the dam and getting good views of the bridge and lake. You then travel down an elevator to the base of the dam and go tour the power plant. Very similar to the Hoover Dam tour but with less people in each group. It is a very informative tour, and best of all, it’s free!

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Palatine, Illinois
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“Informative Free Tours to this Impressive Feat of Engineering”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2008

The visitor's center offers three movies (15 min each) shown pretty much continuously in its small auditorium which give a great overview of the construction of the dam, the environmental issues it created and desert habitat. You can sign up for one of the free tours offered each hour by the Historical Society volunteers which will take you down into the dam, even into the hydroelectric plant. It is much more interesting if you have seen the movie before going on the tour. There is plenty of parking and a nice bookshop and several displays.

This is a good spot to walk out on the bridge over the Colorado river, which had to be built in order to get supplies to the site for building the dam. There are vertical slots cut in the chain link fencing to allow unobstructed photographs/video of the dam and the river.

There is plenty of security at the dam. You cannot bring any purses with you, but a camera bag (and photographs) are allowed.

This dam was uncrowded when we visited in March which made for a nicer visit than the Hoover Dam, which was a giant traffic jam of cars and tour busses parking and pulling out of the various lots along the snaking road that led down to the dam. I am grateful that a Trip Advisor member advised us to spend our time here, at Glen Canyon, instead of the Hoover Dam.

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Wichita, Kansas
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“Fun visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2008

We decided spur of the moment to go the dam after our friends found some literature on it while we were at the canyon. It was a definate change of plans, but I was unfortunatley so ill I didn't care. I just stayed in the car while my family and our friends went in. Most of them were able to sign up for the next tour and they enjoyed it. Our friend is an engineer, so he really enjoyed it. They were in there for a couple hours (I had a much needed nap in the truck). Even the little kids enjoyed themselves. There is a little fountain area in front.

Eventhough it through off the plans I had made, it was worth it to everyone else to check out.

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