April is almost over, which means that, for most families, school is almost out. And when school is out, it’s the best time for a family vacation. If you’re thinking about what you can do with your family this coming summer, we at the Lodge have a pretty good suggestion – go to Lake Powell.
Lake Powell is located in Southern Utah near the Arizona border. It’s the main attraction in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and, at over 180 miles long, it’s one of the largest man-made lakes in the country. So what do you and your family do while you’re there? In addition to all the great water-sports like tubing and water skiing, we recommend some of these lesser known activities:
Go Exploring – One of the unique features of Lake Powell are all the cool side-canyons, many of which can only be explored on a personal watercraft. If you rent a couple of jet-skis and some radios you can play a sort of hide-and-seek among the canyons. Or you can simply travel in and out of the amazing rock formations as you admire the views and maybe do a little fishing.
Rainbow Bridge – Rainbow Bridge is the largest natural, freestanding bridge in the world, and it is located near Lake Powell. It is only accessible by waterway and on foot. So when you want to stretch your legs a little, go for a hike and see this natural wonder. It’s definitely worth the climb.
Do Some Good – Lake Powell has an amazing volunteer program for people you want to give back a little. It’s called the Graffiti Removal and Intervention Team, or GRIT. People or families that sign up for GRIT travel around the lake on a 55-foot houseboat (appropriately called The True GRIT) for five days while they help remove the graffiti that other, less-conscientious, visitors have left. It’s a great chance to see the extraordinary scenery of Glen Canyon, hang out with like-minded people, and do some good. The trip is completely free, all you need to supply is your food and yourself. You can see all the details here.