Glen Canyon Dam

Glen Canyon Bridge II

Glen Canyon Bridge © 2010 Bo Mackison

Glen Canyon Dam built between 1956 and 1966, blocked the Colorado River near Page, Arizona, and provided electricity for parts of Arizona and Utah. It also created Lake Powell. The Glen Canyon Bridge crosses the river just south of the 710 foot high concrete dam.

Glen Canyon and Dam

Glen Canyon Dam and Lake Powell © 2010 Bo Mackison

There have been numerous environmental questions regarding the dam, including its effects on the health of the Colorado River habitat and the effects on the Grand Canyon which is located upstream of the dam. Lake Powell does provide numerous recreational opportunities, but most of the environmental impact studies point to the many negative consequences.

It’s an engineering site that is an amazing sight, but one wonders what the true costs of the construction will be in the long run.

About Bo Mackison

I'm a photographer, book-artist, traveler, naturalist, and creator of the Contemplative Creatives Journey, An Online Workshop and Community and Desert Wisdom Cards and Workshops. Though often not well known, I find the desert a welcoming place - a healing space. Its mysteries and gifts transformed me several years ago. Since that first encounter, I return again and again to fill my well in what most people think of as a desolate region. I'd love to share my desert discoveries and wisdom with you. Please subscribe to receive my five part mini email course The Gifts of the Desert. It's my gift to you.


  1. Rather amazing sight, particularly the bridge. I don’t think i would have joined the construction crew.

  2. That was quite a piece of work. You got some excellent photos of it!

  3. Whoa, pretty awesome photos. The bridge fascinates me. Love it!

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