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“Slot canyons via boat”

Lake Powell Resorts & Marinas Boat Tours
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Reviewed October 25, 2012

This is our second cruise on the lake and we were lucky there was a storm front that didn't impact our trip but provided extremely dramatic skies and lighting. Our trip was lightly attended so there was no problem being on top of the boat. While the viewing from downstairs is not bad, it is more fun to be up on top walking around and feeling the breeze. Coffee was decent and there is a restroom on board. The narrow canyons are very cool, and I really liked the headset with the Navajo music which really just added to the drama of the skies that day.

2  Thank Sharon Z
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Reviewed October 13, 2012

We took the 3.5 hour "Canyons Adventure Cruise". The cruise itself travelled through the most incredible scenery, the crew was very polite and helpful, the (free) audio commentary was very informative ... we had all the ingredients of a fantastic trip, but the end result was disappointing.

When we first arrived to the boarding area, the captain announced that, due to Coast Guard regulations, only 35 people would be able to travel on the upper deck and those of us, who would not like to travel below deck could get a full refund. Since we only had one day at Lake Powell, and we planned this cruise for months, we boarded the ship, albeit very reluctantly. Having travelled around 8,000 miles to a location we are not likely to visit again, nobody in our group of 8 wanted to miss out.

While we certainly support the safety-consciousness of the cruise company, we believe that there were better ways they could have handled this, such as putting a premium on the upstairs seats, rotating people between the decks etc, but, in any case, we should have been told.

By disclosing the seating arrangement only at the point of boarding, we did not really have a choice.

To make matters worse, as we arrived well before boarding time, we could have been part of the 35, if the queueing process would have been enforced. Obviously, there were people, who were aware of the importance of being first, and they jumped the queue to get to the marina before others.

I believe that it is plainly wrong that we paid the same amount for seats in an enclosed area, with limited views, as those people, who had a 360° view of the scenery.

10  Thank Robert_Handelsmann
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Reviewed October 9, 2012

The tours are operated by the lake powell resort in wahweap marina.There are several tours to pick from including a dinner cruise. See web sight for full details. We were staying at the resort and decided to go on the antalope canyon tour at the last min. A 1.5 hr tour of the lake.
The boat goes to the glen canyon dam and than into antalope canyon. Along the way you can enjoy a Recorded naration (in different language ) by headset. This tells you what you are seeing and how it came to be. The pm tour around sunset was amazing with how the sun brought out its red colors.
I liked the tour and had a good time wile there. My seat was on the upper platform and they allow you move about the deck wile moving.On the lower level at the back water,lemonade and coffie are available as well as a restroom.I was able to get good photos and the sun was just right.
On the down side- The bording process is somewhat crazy. Buses drop passengers off with tour groups and everyone crams into the lobby of the resort. They start calling people by the color of your boarding pass to start walking to the boats. (why they dont just put up ropes like in a movie house with a sign and color I will never no) Once called to board, you will have to walk down a steep winding pathway to the boat (than up again later) Its first come first serve with the seats. The top deck is better for photography the bottom deck if the windows are closed sucks.
It can get hot up there and sun burn people are common place here. Bring sun screan and a hat.If your interested in seeing the sights (not taking pictures and enjoy being indoor). the bottom level is for you. I say this because if i were stuck on the first floor i would have hated this tour.
On the return. if you are mobile impaired, they will take you up the ramp by golfcart. but there can be a wait to get on one.

5  Thank mountiamsandcanyons
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Reviewed October 6, 2012

This is a hidden gem that attracts visitors from literally around the world!!! The Rainbow Bridge Monument tour is a two hour trip down the lake with endless beautful vistas. A photographers dream. Take the morining trip and arrive early (6:45 am) to get a seat on the top deck. On the way back they rotate guests to the bottom enclosed deck which is great in the heat of the day (sunscreen is suggested). The boat has free lemonade and water on the boat and provide apples for a snack on the way back. Bring your own lunch is my suggestion... (i.e. Subway sandwiches) not the snack boxes from the resort. Come with comfortable shoes for the 2 mile round trip hike to the Rainbow Bridge. This is a MUST SEE attraction. If you ever thought about renting a houseboat on this lake this is a cheap way to see if you think you will enjoy it. Later visit the houseboat rental centers at both Wahweap and Antelope Island to tour the boats at dock...very insightful for making a future selection.

4  Thank kv1361
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Reviewed October 3, 2012

We took the half day trip to Rainbow Bridge--what a beautiful ride that was! The walk to the Bridge was not very far, and we were very impressed with the Bridge itself. The coolest thing was seeing the dinosaur footprint back there! (thanks to the Ranger for pointing it out) Even though we brought our own food, we were given bottles of water to take on the hike, and granola bars and apples when we returned. Well worth the money!

1  Thank 1jane
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