Big Water immerses you in the sun-baked desert landscapes of Southern Utah. Swim in the jewel-toned waters of Lake Powell, hike among otherworldly rock formations and visit a museum dedicated to dinosaur fossils.
Things to do in Big Water
Step back in time and discover the town’s Cretaceous past at the Big Water Visitor Centre and Dinosaur Museum. The museum is packed with dinosaur fossils and features a nine-metre-long mural depicting Cretaceous species. Other exhibits introduce you to the region’s iconic “hoodoo” rock spires. You’ll also find plenty of information on the unique flora, fauna and geology of Kane County.
Beat the heat and make a splash in Lake Powell. Lone Rock Beach is a stone’s throw from Big Water and features golden sand and calm, cobalt-blue water. Wahweap Beach is another popular swimming spot with inviting water and shady picnic spots. Scenic cruises along Lake Powell are a great way to take in the dramatic desert scenery. Alternatively, rent a boat and enjoy a self-guided tour of the lake.
Whether you’re looking for family-friendly walks or challenging hikes, there are trails for every occasion in Big Water. The 17-kilometer Wahweap Hoodoos Trail follows a creek and takes you past unique rock formations. The Bucktank Draw and Birthday Arch Trail is shorter and takes around two hours to complete.
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area offers endless opportunities for outdoor adventures. Within the park, you’ll find postcard-worthy landmarks like Horseshoe Bend, Antelope Canyon and the Rainbow Bridge National Monument.
Getting around Big Water
Downtown Big Water is compact and easy to get around on foot, though rental cars are the best way to explore surrounding sights and attractions. The town is located in Kane County, a 25-minute drive from Page and 4.5 hours from Las Vegas. McCarran International Airport is a 4.5-hour drive away.