Summer of 2013 we visited a total of four national parks. Grand Canyon & Glen Canyon in Arizona, Death Valley in California, & Zion in Utah. Every national park, with its lakes and rivers and canyons and mountains, is breathtakingly beautiful in its own way and not a single one can be compared to another. Lake Powell in Glen Canyon is no different. We rented a houseboat for a week and took it quite far into the lake.
During the day the lake is a hub of exciting activities but as evening approaches and the boats start anchoring or docking and water activities are done for the day – it becomes a place of gentle silence and complete tranquility.
Out here the sky is absolutely clear and with no human generated light to hamper the vision we were able to see many stars and constellations with our naked eye – not to mention a part of the Milky Way spiral.
The second night we encountered a violent storm, which was not fun to experience at the time but definitely to brag about now.
We had no connection with the rest of the world. No TV, no internet, no phone service. It was truly an adventure of a lifetime for us – one we will remember for a long time to come.
We flew into Las Vegas, Nevada, which is conveniently located, sort of, in the center of all the places we visited. Traveling with two children, we were not interested in staying on the strip or at any casino hotels so chose Elara, a Hilton Vacation Club (http://www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/nevada/elara-hilton-grand-vacations-center-strip-LASCSGV/index.html). Convenient and very comfortable room.
We rented our houseboat from Wahweap Marina (http://www.lakepowell.com/) – many houseboat options are available. For those who are not interested in houseboating, there are day excursions on the lake as well as other water activities available.
A large part of the lake is in Utah but we chose to rent our houseboat from the Arizona side. The lake was created by the Glen Canyon Dam. A tour of the dam and the small museum inside the visitor center is also worth looking into.