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Dam Overlook

The Glen Canyon Dam Overlook (sometimes called “The White House”) is a simple down-and-back to a viewpoint on the rim of Glen Canyon. It generally doesn’t take more than 20 minutes to hike down, look at the river, and hike back.

At the base of the well-marked trail is a viewing area. Directly upstream from the viewing area lays Glen Canyon Dam, one of the largest dams in the United States, and the reason for Lake Powell’s existence.

What to expect

A three minute drive after you cross the Colorado River will take you to Scenic View Drive, where you will turn onto the turn off for the Dam Overlook. After you turn off of Scenic View Drive, you are now on National Park Service land.  Click here for more driving directions and a map.

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