Watersports on Lake Powell, along the Colorado River.

By Travel + Leisure
Updated: January 20, 2017
Sally Auman Titus

Straddling the border between Utah and Arizona, Lake Powell’s stunning, desert-encircled waters draw millions of families each year. The massive reservoir—the second largest in the country—has five marinas and offers endless outdoor activities like sea kayaking, water skiing, bass fishing, swimming, and scuba diving.

Rainbow Bridge National Monument

Cruise out to the Rainbow Bridge National Monument, a 290-foot-tall sandstone arch that’s the world’s largest known natural bridge. Day trips from the centrally located Wahweap Marina can be arranged through Aramark (which operates five of the lake’s marinas).

Ja di' To'oh

Set on a floating pier, the marina restaurant serves decent wood-fired pizzas and stunning lake views.

Lake Powell Resort

Aramark’s 350-room Lake Powell Resort has superb lake views and eco-friendly accommodations. For a bit of fun, you can also rent one of Aramark’s modern, one- to six-bedroom houseboats (with outdoor grills and stereos) at Wahweap Marina. The Lake Powell Resort at Wahweap Marina is a full-scale resort; up lake, the Defiance House Lodge at Bullfrog Marina offers a variety of water sports; and Halls Crossing has apartment-style family units.


Day trips to Rainbow Bridge National Monument and other sites can be arranged through Aramark, which operates the Lake Powell’s five marinas.