Swimming Vacation Lake Powell
- Duration: 4 Days (3 Nights)
- Tour Type: Lake and Canyon Swimming
- Average Daily Swim: 3 miles (5 kms)
- Escort: Powerboats, Kayaks
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 tour 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.
– Swimming and boating 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,
– Experiencing the canyoneering and kayaking through the amazing canyons,
– Meeting and swimming with the legendary swimmer Martin Strel (Big River Man).
Local Operational Policy
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 adventure tour with comprehensive safety escort, national park and river usage fee, three lunches on the lake.
Accommodation Note: This tour is sold as a Adventure Trip Only, so you need to arrange your own accommodation in Page, Arizona.
What is not included?
Transportation to and from our meeting point, accommodation stay, evening meals, any additional tours or attractions.
Up to 12 guests, plus guides and boat captain.
We also provide water bottles, swim hats, and limited pieces of other equipment, such as flippers, tow floats, rash vests, if required. We cannot guarantee all right sizes, so please bear this in mind and bring your own item if your swimming depends on this.
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.
Lake Powell Swimming Testimonials
Lake Powell Canyon Swimming
This trip offers a Swimming Trip Only and it gives you an option to book your own accommodation in Page, Arizona.
Page is a tourist town, so there is plenty of choices. Some of the options are:
- Clarion Inn
- Country Inn
- Hyatt Place
- Courtyard Page
- Lake Powell Resort
- Best Western
- Days Inn
- Hampton Inn
We recommend booking your stay in advance as Lake Powell gets busy and prices go up nearer the time.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 the Last Chance Bay and West Canyon.
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.
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.
Extra time in the area
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.
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.
|Last Chance Bay||1.5 miles (2.5 kms)|
|West Canyon||1.5 miles (2.5 kms)|
|Cascade Canyon||2 miles ( 3.2 kms)|
|Labyrinth Canyon||1.5 miles (2.5 kms)|
|Navajo Canyon 1||1.5 miles (2.5 kms)|
|Navajo Canyon 1||1.2 miles (2.0 kms)|
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.
In order to enjoy your walks in the canyons and mainland, we advise you to bring comfortable walking shoes for summer temperatures.
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
Sun Hat, Sun glasses
Waterproof sun cream and jacket / fleece / windstopper
Walking shoes and sandals or aqua shoes
Lightweight and light-colored clothing for the lake
We provide shared water bottles while swimming, swim hats, and limited pieces of other equipment, such as flippers, tow floats, rash vests, if required. We cannot guarantee all right sizes, so please bear this in mind and bring your own item if your swimming depends on this. 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.
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.
Start Point: 6:30pm in Page, Arizona. Greet & Meet with your swimming guide – exact location to be announced.
Start Time: 6.30pm on 1st day
Finish Point: Page, Arizona
Finish Time: 2am on 4th day
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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.
There are no specific vaccination requirements for this trip, but you should ensure that your tetanus and polio are up to date.
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.
Up to a maximum of 13 people, with 2 swimming guides, local boat pilot and boat escorts. The number of escort staff (guides) may change and varies on the group size.
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).
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 Flagstaff. Flagstaff 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.
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 beautiful Bryce and Zion National Parks.
“I can’t think of a better place to swim. A must for open water swimming lovers!”
~ Jonathan, (London, United Kingdom), Sept 2018
“Incredible lake swimming experience combined with scenic boat rides and beautiful hikes (Rainbow Bridge). I cannot wait to return!” Strel team was brilliant!”
Patricia, (Toronto, Canada), Oct 2018
“I was very honored to meet and swim with Martin Strel – Big River Man. Not only that, the trip was beyond my expectations and I swim a lot everywhere I go. Every open water swimmer should do this trip – put it on the bucket list to do! You won’t regret it”
~ John (Florida, USA), Oct 2018
“I have done this trip 3 times and it is never the same. It gets better every time I return. For me, a magical place to swim.”
Kathy (California), Sept 207