Glen Canyon ExperienceGCI stories and canyon history

Explore our photo galleries, films, and story maps and find inspiration for when we are able to get back out and explore the river and canyons.

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Returning Rapids ProjectSee the changes in Cataract and Glen Canyon

Over the last several years, our partners in Moab have been surveying and researching the huge changes happening along the Colorado River through Cataract, Narrow, and now Glen Canyons. Please click below to visit their site and explore the work they have done to understand how the river is evolving as the reservoir recedes.

Returning Rapids



Here’s how off-road vehicles will soon be restricted in Glen Canyon

In 2021, the NPS published a rule expanding off-road vehicle use throughout the national recreation area. The Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance (SUWA) and the National Parks Conservation Association, both environmental nonprofits, sued the agency over the rule.

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A plumbing issue at this Lake Powell dam could cause big trouble for Western water

It’s the latest twist in the saga of Glen Canyon Dam, which has been at the center of recent concern about the shrinking Colorado River, even before news of the damaged pipes came to light. Water experts fear Lake Powell could drop so low that water would be unable to pass through hydropower turbines that generate electricity for about 5 million people across seven states. If it falls even lower, water would be unable to pass through the dam at all, keeping it out of the Grand Canyon just downstream of Lake Powell.

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Humans Killed Cataract Canyon. It Brought Itself Back to Life

Sixty years ago, this stretch of river was considered as ferocious — and nearly as beautiful — as the Grand Canyon. Then, in 1963, the Glen Canyon Dam was built to store water for human use, which backed up the Colorado River behind it to create Lake Powell. The rising waters snaked upstream, inundating the main river and dozens of its side canyons. Here, at its farthest reaches in Cataract Canyon, the reservoir flooded rapids and then buried the riverbed, including the boulders that made up those rapids, in thick layers of sediment — a mud plug that built up to be so enormous that it flattened out the steep gradient of the riverbed that had made those rapids so fierce.

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River TalkThe Blog of Glen Canyon Institute

Please find a variety of essays and write-ups pertaining to Glen Canyon and the river by visiting our blog. We cover science, adventure, and current issues that are impacting Glen Canyon. Our blog features both Glen Canyon Institute staff and researchers as well as outside voices.

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