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Lake Powell was formed by the Glen Canyon Dam, built at Page Arizona in 1963; it is just upriver from the Grand Canyon. Although a portion of the Lake is in Arizona, most of it is in Utah.
It is the second largest man-made lake in the US, almost 200 miles long (322km) with a coastline of nearly 2000 miles (3219km). Ninety-six major side canyons twist into the main channel of the Lake; some are 15-20 miles long (24-32km).

The dominant formation is Navajo sandstone, made of ancient sand dunes hardened into rock by pressure from deposits above them. The deposits eventually wore away and exposed the sandstone, which has been sculptured by water, wind, and time into the current formations. The brilliant red, pink, and brown canyon walls can rise hundreds of feet straight up.

Rainbow Bridge, the largest natural bridge in the world, is located in one of the side canyons. It is 290ft (88m) high, spans 275ft (83m) across, and is 42ft (13m) thick at the top of the arch. It was formed mainly by the action of water on the relatively soft sandstone. Water in contact with the sandstone dissolves the calcium carbonate (limestone) that cements the grains of sand. Water freezing and expanding in cracks breaks away entire slabs of rock. Over millions of years, a great variety of sculptures were created. Iron oxide and manganese colored the rocks various shades of pink, red, and brown.
At sunset
At sunset
Horseshoe Bend
Horseshoe Bend
In a small side canyon
In a small side canyon
On the rocks
On the rocks
Home
Home
In the shadows
In the shadows
Sandstone
Sandstone
Any eon now, this will fall...
Any eon now, this will fall...
On the Lake
On the Lake
Rainbow Bridge
Rainbow Bridge
A monument
A monument
A helicopter is perhaps a bit much...
A helicopter is perhaps a bit much...
Unusual patterns
Unusual patterns
Something has to bite...
Something has to bite...
Bridge across the Colorado River, at Glen Canyon Dam
Bridge across the Colorado River, at Glen Canyon Dam
Two Photographers (plus one)
Two Photographers (plus one)
Damp tree
Damp tree
Enjoying the sunset (and margaritas) from the top deck of the houseboat
Enjoying the sunset (and margaritas) from the top deck of the houseboat
View from the boat
View from the boat
Forbidding Canyon (the canyon's name)
Forbidding Canyon (the canyon's name)
Two houseboats
Two houseboats
Corkscrew cloud
Corkscrew cloud
On a hike
On a hike
Formation
Formation
Three dock workers
Three dock workers
The Heart of Lake Powell
The Heart of Lake Powell
Two on the rocks
Two on the rocks
Backward looking duck?
Backward looking duck?
Enjoying the ride
Enjoying the ride
Canyon walls
Canyon walls
Sunset
Sunset
Reflections of the Lake
Reflections of the Lake
Rocks on the rocks
Rocks on the rocks
Tadpoles and frogs
Tadpoles and frogs
Top of the world
Top of the world
Erosion in the canyon wall
Erosion in the canyon wall
A small side canyon
A small side canyon
Walls
Walls
Rainbow Bridge
Rainbow Bridge
Remote campsite
Remote campsite
Glen Canyon Dam
Glen Canyon Dam
19 mile buoy
19 mile buoy
Island
Island
Home
Home
At sunset
At sunset
Oasis
Oasis
Captain and first mate
Captain and first mate
Formation
Formation
Evening
Evening
Clouds and rock
Clouds and rock
A great view
A great view
Patterns
Patterns
Shadows
Shadows
Towing the small boat
Towing the small boat
Strange craft
Strange craft
Narrow side canyon
Narrow side canyon
Swirls and holes
Swirls and holes
Sunset
Sunset
A morning hike
A morning hike
Homes for the night
Homes for the night
Catching the light
Catching the light
Broken ground
Broken ground
Kayak
Kayak
Side canyon
Side canyon
Very narrow passage
Very narrow passage
Rock tip
Rock tip
Study in monochrome
Study in monochrome
The Wave
The Wave
Monument
Monument
The View
The View
Side canyon
Side canyon
Gathering firewood
Gathering firewood
Having way too much fun
Having way too much fun
Rock formations
Rock formations
The marina
The marina
Sandstone formation
Sandstone formation
Sunset on Lake Powell
Sunset on Lake Powell
Taking a hiking break
Taking a hiking break
In the shade
In the shade
The happy Captain (Ret)
The happy Captain (Ret)
Waves
Waves
Unusual rocks
Unusual rocks
Formation
Formation
Hiking on the rocks
Hiking on the rocks
Stormy weather
Stormy weather
Light
Light
Swirls
Swirls
A hike a day...
A hike a day...
Canyon wall
Canyon wall
Sculptured rock
Sculptured rock
Canyon walls
Canyon walls
Light on the rocks
Light on the rocks
Hike to the top
Hike to the top
Monument
Monument
Bringing the 18-foot boat from the marina
Bringing the 18-foot boat from the marina
Wahweap marina
Wahweap marina
Monument
Monument
Home for the night
Home for the night
Canyon wall
Canyon wall
Peak
Peak
Late afternoon
Late afternoon
What's ahead?
What's ahead?
Kayaker
Kayaker
Solo rock
Solo rock
Monochrome
Monochrome
Butte
Butte
Erosion
Erosion
Typical view
Typical view
Small islands
Small islands
Relaxing on deck
Relaxing on deck
Canyon walls at a stormy sunset
Canyon walls at a stormy sunset
Perfect cove
Perfect cove
Found a home
Found a home
Narrow path
Narrow path
Tilted rocks
Tilted rocks
Cove
Cove
At sunset
At sunset
Wahweap marina
Wahweap marina
Canyon wall
Canyon wall
Vista
Vista
Butte
Butte
Side canyon
Side canyon
Canyon walls
Canyon walls
Sunset on the Lake
Sunset on the Lake
Stormy evening
Stormy evening
Another from Horseshoe Bend
Another from Horseshoe Bend
Mountain peak
Mountain peak
Stormy
Stormy
Falling
Falling
Layers
Layers
Glen Canyon Dam
Glen Canyon Dam
Rock climbing
Rock climbing
Upper Wahweap Bay, Lake Powell
Upper Wahweap Bay, Lake Powell
Trying your luck
Trying your luck
Wahweap Marina
Wahweap Marina
In Antelope Canyon
In Antelope Canyon
At Glen Canyon Dam
At Glen Canyon Dam
Glen Canyon Dam
Glen Canyon Dam
Desert Varnish
Desert Varnish
Fingers on the Lake
Fingers on the Lake
Glen Canyon Dam
Glen Canyon Dam
Just below the dam
Just below the dam
Glen Canyon Dam Bridge
Glen Canyon Dam Bridge
Antelope Canyon, Lake Powell
Antelope Canyon, Lake Powell
On the rocks
On the rocks
Sunset
Sunset
Great hiking
Great hiking
Home for a few days
Home for a few days
Rock island
Rock island
Just below the dam
Just below the dam
Small side canyon
Small side canyon
Lake Powell rocks
Lake Powell rocks
Glen Canyon Dam
Glen Canyon Dam
Different rock strata
Different rock strata
Eight is enough
Eight is enough
Small canyon
Small canyon