With Lake Powell’s 1,900 miles of shoreline you have hundreds of small cuts or arms fingering out into the land. Before the filling of Glen Canyon and the second largest reservoir in the United States, these fingers were mostly just washes, eroded inlets flowing towards the Colorado, Escalante or San Juan rivers.
Just a few miles north of the Arizona border, highway 89 crosses over the Blue Pool Wash, which depending on the lake’s level, is an impressive narrow waterway just off the highway.
To get to this location I was able to drive and park in the BLM (Bureau of Land Management) land and started in the side opposite of the lake. These washes, especially where narrowest, can be dangerous places. Their structure is created by the most wicked of erosion: flash floods, carrying mud, rocks, boulders and potentially you, at devastating speed down their twisting lengths.
The Blue Pool Wash is true to its name, I found the sandstone completely bleached white and highly alkaline waters sparkling blue in the light.