One of the benefits of traveling the highways of the US transporting cars for our customers is getting to see the natural and man-made wonders that dot the American landscape. If you happen to be on US Route 89 near the Utah/Arizona border, you’ll get to see one of the man-made sights, The Glen Canyon Dam.
U.S. 89 begins at Flagstaff, Arizona. The highway proceeds north passing near Grand Canyon National Park and through the Navajo Nation. Near the Utah state line the highway splits into U.S. 89 and U.S. Route 89A. The Alternate is the original highway; what is now the main highway was constructed in the 1960s to serve the Glen Canyon Dam. The two highways rejoin in Kanab, Utah.
The Glen Canyon Dam is a concrete arch-gravity dam on the Colorado River in northern Arizona, near the town of Page. The dam was built from 1956 to 1966 and forms Lake Powell, one of the largest man-made reservoirs in the U.S. w The dam is named for Glen Canyon, a series of deep sandstone gorges now flooded by the reservoir, and forms Lake Powell,named for John Wesley Powell, who in 1869 led the first expedition to traverse the Colorado’s Grand Canyon by boat.
Lake Powell straddles the border between Utah and Arizona (most of it, along with Rainbow Bridge, is in Utah). It is a major vacation spot that around two million people visit every year. It is the second largest man-made reservoir when measured by water capacity in the United States behind Lake Mead. However, due to high water withdrawals for human and agricultural consumption, and because of subsequent droughts in the area, Lake Powell is currently larger than Lake Mead in terms of volume of water currently held, depth and surface area.
Photo by Kevin Davis.