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Swimming Vacation Lake Powell

Lake Powell´s geological formations in the southwestern region of the United States are about as magnificent as anyone can imagine. This second largest man-made reservoir on the Colorado River, straddling the border between Utah and Arizona is surrounded by the beautiful red rocks, sandy beaches and clear blue water.

Overview

Duration: 4 Days (3 Nights)
Tour Type: Lake and Canyon Adventure Swimming
Average Daily Swim: 3 miles (5 kms)
Accommodation: Hotel on the lake (Clarion Inn)
Escort: Powerboats, Kayaks
Lead Guide: Nina Strel

Lake Powell makes an excellent playground for safe adventurous swimming and exploration. Imagine swimming within the scenic canyons, and looking at the painted sky that changes from mesmerizing sunset to a star-filled sky by the end of the day. Join us as we set out for this very special swimming vacation tour.

This unique tpur appeals to all levels of swimmers (please check our FAQs for details and swimming distances on our itinerary), looking for swimming adventure surrounded by spectacular scenery. Our different escort boats and kayak provide safety and enjoyment to our guests. Non-swimmers or friends are welcome to join the group, but please let us know this in advance before the trip. 

Tour Highlights:

- Swimming in Lake Powell´s warm waters through scenic canyons, surrounded by the dramatic landscape of the Glen Canyon National Park,
- Hiking and exploring the Navajo Indian trails,
- Enjoying the clear sky with unforgettable sunsets,
- Visiting the Rainbow Bridge, world´s largest natural bridge (weather permitted),
- Meeting and swimming with the legendary swimmer Martin Strel (Big River Man).

PHOTOGRAPHY
This tour also offers an excellent opportunity for people who like scenic photography. Apart from swimming we also do hikes and spend time on the boat and you can take many wonderful photos.

Local Operational Policy
All our treks ensure that in the team of guides there is at least one team-member who has in-depth experience and knowledge of the local waters, the main swimming routes and the alternatives as well as a fluent local language speaker.

What is included in the price?
Fully guided swimming adventure tour with comprehensive safety escort, 3-night accommodation, national park and river usage fee (including Rainbow Bridge visit), all transfers from/to hotel, breakfasts and lunches are included.
Accommodation Note: This tour is sold per twin share accommodation with an option to book single occupancy. If you are a single coming to the trip and we are unable to match/find the guest of your sex to share a room, then you will be charged the single supplement. 

Group size
Up to 12 swimmers, plus guides and boat captain

Equipment
Every guest will receive our Lake Powell swimming hat.
Limited wetsuits, fins and other swimming gear are available on tours. If you wish to use your own equipment, please bring it with you.

What is not included?
Transportation to and from Lake Powell, evening meals, any additional tours or attractions. 

PDF: Swimming Vacation Trip Notes Lake Powell Canyons

See photo slideshow from a recent trip

Lake Powell Swimming Tour

Read an article written by our guest on October 2012 tour

Read an article written by our guest on October 2013 tour

Read another article written by our Australian guest on October 2013 tour

Read an article written by our Canadian guest on October 2015 tour

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Lake Powell Swimming Testimonials

Lake Powell Canyon Swimming

Accommodation

We stay at Clarion Inn hotel which provides excellent amenities, quality service and a great location for the hotel´s guests. Page, Arizona offers stunning mountain vistas and canyons, lush hanging gardens and gorgeous Lake Powell. Guests enjoy complimentary high-speed, wireless Internet access, an outdoor pool and a hot, full American breakfast.



Our rooms
Large rooms are based on twin-share and en-suite facilities. Limited double rooms for solo use are available. Please specify your preferences (including any other guests you would like to share with) at the time of booking.


Extra stay in the hotel
If you arrive earlier or want to stay longer, please contact the hotel directly by visiting http://www.clarionhotel.com/hotel-page-arizona-AZ403 
Ph: +1-928-6459-000. We recommend you to book your extra stay in advance.

General Trip Info

Start Point: Hotel lobby, 751 S Navajo Drive, Page, AZ, 86040, USA
Start Time: 6.30pm on 1st day
Finish Point: Hotel lobby, Page, Arizona
Finish Time: 2 am on 4th day
Hotel website: Clarion Inn Hotel
Google Map Link:

Passports and Visas:
If you travel from outside of Unites States, please check with your authorities if and what type of Visa/permit do you require to enter U.S. border. Visa regulations do change, so be aware of this.

Vaccinations:
There are no specific vaccination requirements for this trip, but you should ensure that your tetanus and polio are up to date.

Extra Expenses:
You should bring extra money with you to cover such items as dinners, entertainment, souvenirs, and gratuities. The local currency is US dollar and ATMs are widely available.

Group Size:
Up to a maximum of 12 people, with 2 swimming guides, local boat pilot and boat escorts. Number of escort staff (guides) may change and varies on the group size.

Guest Reviews

"This is one of the coolest places in the world to swim. I just signed up to return in the fall. I can´t wait!"
~Kent, USA (Lake Powell, Oct 2016) 
 
I just want to thank you and Martin again for some of the best few days of my life. There are no words to describe how incredible it feels to do something you love so much in such a spectacular setting.  Your kindness, generosity and your willingness to accommodate everyone´s particular needs was especially noted and appreciated. You and Martin are very special people and I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to meet you both and share this wonderful experience.

~ Beth, Florida, USA (Lake Powell, Sept 2012)

We both had a fabulous time with you and Martin and will recommend this trip to our swimming pals. Again, thanks for making this vacation memorable.
~ Colleen and Sandra, Toronto, Canada (Lake Powell, Sept 2012)

Thank you again for your great efforts at Lake Powell. It was such a great time and wonderful experience. Hope to return soon!
~ Tommi and Tia, Finland (Lake Powell, Sept 2012)

 

Itinerary

Brief itinerary:
Day 1: 6:30 pm Greet & Meet with the swimming guide and the whole group at the hotel lobby. 
Day 2: Morning swim in the Labyrinth Canyon, hike to Boundary and Dominguez Buttes, afternoon swim in the Face Canyon.
Day 3: Morning swim in the Cathedral Canyon, visit to Rainbow bridge, afternoon swim in the Cascade Canyon, short stop at the Dangling Rope Marina.
Day 4: Morning hike up the Miner’s Stairs (Indian reservation) in the Navajo Canyon, morning swim in the Navajo Canyon. Tour finishes around 1-2pm.

Full itinerary
Day 1

6:30 pm get together in the hotel lobby where you will meet the rest of the group and have a tour briefing by your guiding team. For those arriving late in the evening, we arrange another short briefing the next morning at 7:30 am. Please contact us for this request.

Day 2

Following our morning breakfast we will gather all our swimming gear and head out for our first day on the lake. After 15-minute drive we will stop at the Antelope Point Marina (a daily routine) where we are going to board our powerboats. From there we will head towards North-East to Utah´s Lake territory until we reach Labyrinth Canyon. The Canyon itself takes us to Arizona territory. Passing by on the east side is dominating Padres Point. Straight ahead is a great view of Tower Butte, famous Glen Canyon landmark noted for its nearly identical symmetry on all four sides. It rises 800 feet from Wild Horse Mesa, its flat top 5,282 feet above sea level. We will swim 1 mile – 1.5 miles out of the canyon towards Dominguez Butte. We are going to swim in the canyon between the Boundary Butte and Tower Butte. Our escort boats will pick us up and we will travel to a peaceful spot inside the canyon for lunch.



The early afternoon will be devoted to a short hike between Boundary Butte and Dominguez Butte.  You will see some amazing high rock formations and narrow parts formed by the power of natural water. After our hike, we are going back in the water to swim our next mile and a half straight south into the Face Canyon. We are going to swim by serrated sandstone formations of unusual shapes and colors. When we are finished with swimming, our powerboats will take us back to the marina and to our hotel transportation. Dinner in Page.

Day 3

Powerboats will take us 36 miles up the lake into the historic Cathedral Canyon where we often spot famous Lake Powell Mountain Lions. Within the canyon is a long, winding, alternately wide and narrow gorge of unsurpassed beauty. Several sheer walls “lean in” adding to the mystique.  Our first 1.5 mile-swim will be swimming out of the canyon, stopping inside the eerie passage to a dead end. We usually swim all the way until the lunch spot inside the canyon.
 

Swimming Vacation Lake Powell

While we are going to enjoy the stunning views and the fresh air on the warm sandstone, our chef will serve us a well-deserved lunch. Before we are going to jump back in the water the boats will takes us further east towards the Rainbow bridge. The world’s largest natural bridge and one of the seven natural wonders of the world.  The span has undoubtedly inspired people throughout time--from the neighboring American Indian tribes who consider Rainbow Bridge sacred, to the 85,000 people from around the world who visit it each year. We park at the small courtesy dock and start our afternoon hike on the rainbow trail (flat, sandy hike) for about 1.2 miles one-way. We hike all the way to the bridge where the park rangers often share the stories of discovery, formation, protection of the bridge. 

Our second 1.5 mile-swim will be right across from the Rainbow bridge at the Cascade Canyon. No cascade exists here, but a long, narrow watercourse winds beneath leaning walls, cave-like alcoves, colorful streaks of desert varnish and “murals” of beautiful lichens. The canyon is known for good fishing. After the swim we head back towards the marina with one short stop at the Dangling Rope Marina, where they have small souvenir store and some Ice Cream. Dinner recommended at the World´s Largest Floating Restaurant at Antelope Point Marina. 


P.S. Rainbow Bridge is weather permitted and in case of strong winds we use an alternative plan for this day. If so, we usually visit Last Chance Bay and West Canyon. 

Day 4

On our final day we will travel for a swim and exploration of the Navajo Canyon which is known as the longest tributary of the Lake Powell and home of the Navajo Indian Reservation. Lake Powell is adjacent to the Navajo Nation, the United States´ largest Native American Tribe. Our base will be in the middle of the canyon surrounded by the sandy beaches and Navajo trails. We are going to do a morning 1.8-mile-swim around one of the canyon´s meanders and walls which reach up to 600 feet high.
 
Swimming Vacation Lake Powell


Before the lunch, we are planning to hike up the Miner’s Stairs, one of the oldest Indian routes called the First Navajo Trail. You are going to see several finely cut steps in the slick rock as the trail emerges from the water. Once we reach the rim, we will have the entire view of the inlet. After lunch in the canyon, we head back to our marina. Transfer to the hotel. Trip finishes around 1-2pm.

If you have extra time to spend in the area, here are some other tourist attractions: Rafting the Colorado river, Horseshoe Bend (no fee), Antelope Canyon (Lower part $28 USD, Upper part $45 USD), Navajo Nation, Grand Canyon, Brice and Zion National parks, Monument Valley.

Itinerary changes

Please note that our swims are carried out in the natural environment and we rely on the current weather conditions. Therefore, sometimes on-trip changes in the planned itinerary are required.

Swimming Info

Google Map of the Area

Swimming distances

Swimming LocationsDistance
Last Chance Bay1.5 miles (2.5 kms)
West Canyon1.5 miles (2.5 kms)
Cookie Jar - Gunsight Butte2 miles ( 3.2 kms)
Labyrinth Canyon1.5 miles (2.5 kms)
Navajo Canyon Swim 11.5 miles (2.5 kms)
Navajo Canyon Swim 21 mile (1.6 kms)


Temperatures:

MonthWater Temp. (°Fahrenheit/Celzius)Air Temp. (°Fahrenheit/Celzius)
May68/2080/26
June73/2390/32
July76/2498/36
August79/2696/35
September77/2588/31
October74/2480/26

Keep in mind that you can skip any of the swims if you want and stay on our escort boat. The weather at Lake Powell (Glen Canyon National Recreation Area) is typical for the high deserts. Summers are extremely hot with little, if any, shade. We run our swimming tours on the shoulder season to avoid high heat and enjoy less visitors on the lake.

Wetsuit, fins, rash vests, pull buoys Availability
We have limited swimming equipment available on each trip if required. If you require any particular swimmng gear, please bring your own. 

Walking Conditions
In order to enjoy your walks in the canyons and mainland, we advise you to bring comfortable walking shoes for summer temperatures.

Essential Equipment
In addition to normal items, we recommend you the following:
2+ pairs of swimming costume
2+ pairs of swimming goggles, 1 clear & 1 tinted (anti-glare) recommended
Towel
Sun Hat, Sun glasses
Small Daypack
Waterproof  sun cream and jacket / fleece / windstopper
Walking shoes and sandals or aqua shoes
Lightweight and light colored clothing for the lake

We will provide you with drinks, water bottles and swim hats. If you prefer to have your own drinking bottle for walks, please bring it with you. It is very important to drink enough water and other fluids throughout the whole trip.

Swimming awareness
Your safety is of utmost importance to us. In the event of adverse weather conditions at any of our swimming locations, we may need to adapt our itinerary. Our team always includes local guides who know the safest and most picturesque places to swim, so rest assured you won’t be missing out!
Swimming in the lakes and canyons is a unique experience, but you may come across certain life such as fish and insects. The water in the canyons can be deep and the bottom cannot always be seen.  If you suffer from Anaphylaxis or any other allergic reactions, it is important to inform us at the time of booking. Also, please bring with you any personal medical supply  you may need while on the trip.

Travel

Getting There

Page, Arizona is centrally located to many of the spectacular National Parks, Monuments, Historical sites and Indian ruins in the Grand Circle region.
To get to Page, you can fly daily straight into Page airport (PGA) with Great Lakes Airlines - www.greatlakesav.com from Denver (DEN), Las Vegas (LAS), Phoenix (PHX), Los Angeles (LAX) or use any of the surrounding airports and then drive. There are some private landing strips at Page (AZ), Bullfrog (UT), and Halls Crossing (UT). Here is the entire Great Lakes flight timetable
Once at the Page airport, you can take a taxi to the hotel for $5 USD (the distance is less than a mile). Contact Destination Services - Mr. Drew Schmidt at +1 928 645 2789.
AVIS Rent a Car service (ph: 928 645-2024) is available at the airport and in town, walking distance from the hotel.

You can also fly into a nearby town FlagstaffFlagstaff Pulliam Airport (FLG) provides air service from/to Phoenix via U.S. Airways. Several flights leave Pulliam Airport to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport on a daily basis. Once at Flagstaff airport, you can rent a car and drive to Page (Lake Powell) in 2 hours.

Directions

From Phoenix, Arizona
From Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix, AZ, there is a 5 hour drive to Lake Powell. This drive allows you to experience a diverse landscape through the Sonoran Desert, up into the Colorado Plateau, the Painted Desert, and Glen Canyon as you enter Page, Arizona

From Las Vegas, Nevada
From Las Vegas (Nevada) McCarran Airport, there is a 4 hour drive to Lake Powell. This drive will take you out of the bright lights of Las Vegas and through beautifully diverse landscape towards Glen Canyon National Park. You will travel through the Virgin River Gorge and the Grand Staircase before entering Page, AZ.

From Sedona, Arizona
Sedona is located approximately 3 hours from the Lake Powell. Driving this stretch is a great way to experience the landscape of the Colorado Plateau through Flagstaff and the Navajo Nation/Painted Desert.

From the Grand Canyon
Lake Powell and Page, AZ are located about 2.5 hours from the south rim and 2 hours from the north rim of the Grand Canyon.

From Salt Lake City, Utah
Lake Powell is located at the southern border of Utah-Arizona, so you will travel south on I-15 for about 6 hours passing by beatiful Bryce and Zion National Parks.



For more detailed directions, please look at the map.
 

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