Glen Canyon National Recreation Area


The Glen Canyon Dam, hailed as one of the engineering wonders of the world, is the 4th highest dam in the U.S. Honored upon its completion in 1964 as an outstanding civil engineering project, the thick-arch dam contains 4,901,000 cubic yards of concrete. Lake Powell, the reservoir impounded by the dam, has 1,900 miles of shoreline and is the 2nd largest reservoir in the country, storing enough water to meet the needs of almost 30 million families for a year. The powerplant at the toe of the dam has eight generating units, with a total generating capacity of 1320 megawatts.

Activity Details

Activity Type:Trips and Destinations
Discipline:Civil, Environmental
Topic(s):Structures
Grade:K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Time:Full day

Fun Fact:The Glen Canyon Project was authorized by Congress in 1956, and the first construction contract was awarded later that year. Work officially began when President Dwight D. Eisenhower pushed a button in Washington, and, by voice control, exploded a detonating cap, sending the first shower of rock spilling into the canyon.
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