Crossing three states from Denver, Lake Powell is an epic road trip to a beautiful destination. From Colorado to Utah to Arizona to Utah, the picturesque journey is well worth the wait to one of the nation’s most scenic areas. Shoot for doing this one on a holiday weekend as it’s a long drive, but count on fun pit stops, a luxurious stay and some of the most beautiful natural wonders the area has to offer.
This 186-mile long lake with more than 2,000 miles of shoreline is a scenic destination vacation spot just less than 11 hours from Denver. Take I-70 westbound past Glenwood Springs, heading south on 191 from I-70 and west on 160 in Arizona, the final stretch is north on AZ-98 for 58 miles to Lake Powell.
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Stop Along the Way
330 7th St.
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
Whether getting an early start and searching for a brunch pit stop, or taking your time to Lake Powell and seeking some lunch, The Pullman in Glenwood Springs is just the ticket. From options such as the French toast with walnut caramel and sweet cream to lunch options including eggplant cannelloni, simple food and caring hospitality awaits right off the river and Grand Avenue. Laid back in style, the 80-seat restaurant is a perfect place to stretch those legs and fill up travelers’ empty tanks.
Lake Powell Resort
100 Lake Shore Drive
Page, AZ 86040
Enjoy the views of the lake from the pool or from the comfort of your room, but be sure to stay at Lake Powell Resort near the Wahweap Marina. Centrally located to area activities, boating and comfortable rooms, it’s the perfect place to rest after that long drive. Enjoy several dining options such as the Rainbow Room and Wahweap Grille, which offer something for every hungry traveler.
Lodging on the Lake
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If being on the water is the main event on your big vacation, several houseboat options offer a luxury option perfect for families willing to spend a bit. For example, the 75-foot Odyssey houseboat comes complete with hot tub and propane fireplaces. With accommodations for up to 12 guests, the four staterooms and convertible spaces are elegant and pristine. Available out of Wahweap Marina only, the pet-free vessel is the perfect way to experience life on the lake in the lap of luxury.
Rainbow Bridge Canyon
The largest natural bridge in the world, Rainbow Bridge is a spectacular feat of geology. At 290 feet tall and 270 feet across, the picturesque bridge is the subject of many a photo op. Viewable from both the miles of trails in the area as well as the lake itself, the monument is located between Wahweap and Bullfrog Marinas and is one of the most fascinating natural formations in the country
Lake Powell, UT 8453
Located at the Bullfrog Marina, the Anasazi Restaurant is a great option for breakfast, lunch or dinner. With sweeping views and a decadent dessert menu, family style dining and a friendly atmosphere promise a casual and relaxed meal perfect for the whole family. Adjacent to the Defiance House lodge, the panoramic views are worth checking out.
CBS Denver Insider’s Tips
Temperatures in the Lake Powell area can skyrocket to more than 100 degrees, so proper sun protection, water and appropriate apparel are suggested. Private guides may be arranged for through the Wahweap Marina services for half- or full-day adventures. To make your reservations, call (928) 645-1027.
Chad Chisholm is an avid globetrotter and brings the best of travel secrets and expert insights to his readership. A Denver-based travel writer and photographer, Chad’s travels have taken him to five of the seven continents in a passionate love affair with the world of travel and the outdoors.