One of the most magnificent sights of Lake Powell and the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area is the juxtaposition of the waves of Colorado River water and the frozen waves of Navajo Sandstone. Both exhibiting relaxing, fluid motion, but the sandstone echoing waves of sandy beaches and earthen deposits of about 200 million years ago, now frozen in time.
Often the hot Summer breezes and Wahweap tour boats will produce bone-jarring chop and waves especially along the main channel of the Colorado River. In the off-season mornings and evenings treat the boaters with glowing canyon walls and glass-smooth water.
The color of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area takes on a cooler tone with the lower sun and soft clouds.
Here’s more isolated photograph of the wonderful sand dune that we parked our boat on. It may be surprising to some that sandy beaches are relatively rare on Lake Powell (but still more plentiful than Lake Mead). In the off-season your chances of scoring such pristine camping spots are much better.
As popular as Lake Powell is in the hot sunny summer months there’s a secret that the locals know — Lake Powell is a great place to houseboat in the Spring, Fall and Winter. The lake can be quiet, still and serene.
These photographs are from a trip taken over November (Thanksgiving to be specific). The clouds hung low in the sky, keeping temperatures cool, the colors muted, the shadows soft. It did not rain on us and the clouds didn’t hang around the entire trip. The weather was great for some hiking and exploring up the canyon walls that would be brutally hot in the summer.
We had our pick of some of the best beaches and houseboat parking. In the Summer this location would be stacked with boats!
When the sun came out we really got to enjoy the wonderful sandy beach. It is worth noting that swimming was not on the agenda! Although boating on the still, smooth fall water is a treat, that’s about the extent of the water recreation you’d comfortably try. Instead, focus on the landscape, climbing and hiking, the cool weather, the sweet smell of moisture in the desert, the glow of a nighttime campfire…
If you think that the hot sun of Summer will melt your houseboat rental plans on Lake Powell, consider visiting in the Spring or Fall!