Lake Powell, Utah and Arizona, United States

Lake Powell, Utah

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Lake Powell is a man-made reservoir on the Colorado river. Located in the United States between Utah and Arizona, Lake Powell is surrounded by magnificent Navajo sandstone canyon walls in bright oranges, reds, and whites. These striking colors contrast beautifully with Lake Powell’s blue-green waters. Lake Powell is a sprawling, winding lake, and is the second largest man-made lake in the United States. The lake was made when Glen Canyon Dam was constructed in the early 1960s, flooding Glen Canyon. The lake, along with Horseshoe Bend and the notable Rainbow Bridge National Monument rock formation, is now part of the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. Visitors to the lake can tour its waters via boat rental or guided tour. Tour operators and lodging can be found in the nearby town of Page in Arizona.

Lake Powell, Utah

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Lake Powell, Utah

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Lake Powell, Utah

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Lake Powell, Utah

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Lake Powell, Utah

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Horseshoe Bend, Colorado River, Arizona, USA

Horseshoe Bend, Colorado River, Arizona

 

Horseshoe Bend is a picturesque horseshoe-shaped turn in the Colorado River, just South of the town of Page, Arizona. Visitors can reach Horseshoe Bend by taking a short 1/2 mile (0.8 kilometers) hike off US Route 89 to an overlook 1,000 feet (405 meters) above the river. Horseshoe Bend is part of Glen Canyon, which was carved by the Colorado River over a period of 5 million years. Glen Canyon is also home to the beautiful Lake Powell. Horseshoe Bend is popular with photographers and tourists who seek the beautiful canyon scenery.

Horseshoe Bend, Colorado River, Arizona

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Horseshoe Bend, Colorado River, Arizona

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Horseshoe Bend, Colorado River, Arizona

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Horseshoe Bend, Colorado River, Arizona

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Horseshoe Bend, Colorado River, Arizona

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The Wave, Coyote Buttes, Arizona, USA

The Wave, Coyote Buttes, Arizona, USA

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In Arizona, near the border with Utah, in the United States, you can find a stunning sandstone rock formation called The Wave. The Wave is on the slopes of the Coyote Buttes, which are in turn located in the Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness, on the Colorado Plateau. This formation is actually sand dunes calcified in vertical and horizontal layers, and the fascinating color bands are iron oxides, hematite, and goethite. The Jurassic-age Navajo sandstone making up The Wave is estimated to be 190 million years old. Getting to The Wave requires a moderately difficult 3 mile hike from the Wire Pass Trailhead. Due to the delicate nature of this formation, visitors must arrange a day permit in advance and pay a $7 fee per person. Only 20 of the highly sought-after permits are issued for each day. More info on permits can be found on the Bureau of Land Management website. Camping is not allowed in the permit area, and the closest accommodation can be found in the small towns of Kanab, Utah and Page, Arizona.

The Wave, Coyote Buttes, Arizona, USA

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The Wave, Coyote Buttes, Arizona, USA

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The Wave, Coyote Buttes, Arizona, USA

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The Wave, Coyote Buttes, Arizona, USA

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The Wave, Coyote Buttes, Arizona, USA

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The Wave, Coyote Buttes, Arizona, USA

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The Wave, Coyote Buttes, Arizona, USA

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The Wave, Coyote Buttes, Arizona, USA

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The Wave, Coyote Buttes, Arizona, USA

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The Wave, Coyote Buttes, Arizona, USA

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