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Southwest: Lake Powell adds new evening panoramic boat tour

A new way to see Lake Powell: Evening boat tours to showcase wide-angle views of the lake and its rocky walls

An evening boat tour of Lake Powell will debut May 15 and will showcase views of lesser-known bays and rocky features in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.

The Panoramic Lake Powell Tour leaves from the Wahweap Marina in Page, Ariz., and travels to the northern stretches of the lake. (Lake Powell straddles the border of Utah and Arizona; this tour includes both sides.)

You can expect to see many "bathtub rings" on the rocks during this tour. Lake Powell's water level has plunged because of the severe multi-year drought in the West. The marks left on the red sandstone occur from minerals left behind when the water level was higher. 

"Half full, the amazing vessel that is Lake Powell has lost 4.4 trillion gallons of water in the recent drought," a National Geographic story says. The magazine sent adventurers in kayaks to the lake last year to document its changing landscape.

Tours are scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. when the area is bathed in gentler, end-of-the-day light. Visitors will see red-rock features such as Tower Butte, Gunsight, Cookie Jar and Padre Butte.

A guide will explain the formations and the geology of the area while you are free to snap photos.

Tickets cost $57.80 for adults and $38.75 for children 3 to 12 years old.

Info: Lake Powell Resorts & Marinas, (888) 896-3829


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