Monument Valley Drive By and Lake Powell

Monument Valley, a Navajo Tribal Park, is a cluster a sandstone buttes that have appeared in numerous films and an array of still photographs, making them very recognizable. I drove in from the Utah border down route 163 watching as the flat, high desert became punctuated with blazing red outcroppings hundreds of feet tall.

Monument Valley, Arizona-Utah border

Monument Valley, Arizona-Utah border

By mid-afternoon I arrived in Page, Arizona, a town which occupies an unexpectedly beautiful location on the rim of a dramatic canyon and at the head of the gorgeous Lake Powell. Much of the sandstone around Page is cross-bedded, meaning its visible layers have been tilted and swirled, making for some beautiful walks and short hikes around the canyon. After walking around the rim I crossed the dam and entered the Glen Canyon National Recreational Area which I had not been aware of. The blue and green waters of the lake were surrounded by rusted and cream swirled sandstone, a real treat.

Lake Powell, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Arizona

Lake Powell, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Arizona

Overlook of Lake Powell, Glen Canyon National Recreational Area, Arizona

Overlook of Lake Powell, Glen Canyon National Recreational Area, Arizona

Lake Powell, Glen Canyon National Recreational Area, Arizona

Lake Powell, Glen Canyon National Recreational Area, Arizona

Lake Powell, Glen Canyon National Recreational Area, Arizona

Lake Powell, Glen Canyon National Recreational Area, Arizona

Of course I was incredibly excited to learn I could go swimming, which I did both days I was in Page. The water was a perfect 73 degrees, the beach sandy, and the views incredible.

View from the beach, Lake Powell, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Arizona

View from the beach, Lake Powell, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Arizona

View of the opposite shore from the water, Lake Powell, Glen Canyon National Recreational Area, Arizona

View of the opposite shore from the water, Lake Powell, Glen Canyon National Recreational Area, Arizona

Shallows of Lake Powell, Glen Canyon National Recreational Area, Arizona

Shallows of Lake Powell, Glen Canyon National Recreational Area, Arizona

Oh the sun!  Underwater at Lake Powell, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Arizona

Oh the sun! Underwater at Lake Powell, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Arizona

Moored boats, Lake Powell, Glen Canyon National Recreation Center, Arizona

Moored boats, Lake Powell, Glen Canyon National Recreation Center, Arizona