Boating North Lake Powell: Moqui Canyon


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On our way to Smith Fork, in October mind you, after hearing about it all summer, I finally made us go into Moqui Canyon.  It was way cooler than I thought.  Apparently there are Moqui steps (smallish holes carved into the canyon walls to climb up and down) in it somewhere, but we couldn’t find them, so we just kept exploring.


I had been looking at maps of Lake Powell all summer.  Like a lot.  And I had no idea what Moqui Canyon was like.  It was long, forked a bunch of times, and was fun and twisty.  We would pick a direction at the fork, then go back down the other way later, doing this most times we came to a fork.


This would be a good place to park a houseboat if you were leaving from Bullfrog, too.  There are some beaches a little further in and it’s not too far.  Get a powerboat too for optimal exploring.  That would let you see a lot more of the lake in a much more fuel and time efficient way.  The north has tons to offer, like Annies Crack, which is a little hard to find if you don’t know what or where it is, Defiance House Ruins in Forgotten Canyon, which I haven’t been to yet, and a stellar view of the Henry Mountains.  It’s definitely worth a visit if you’re in the area on the lake.

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Have you been to Lake Powell?  Which part?  What did you do there?  Do you want to go?

3 thoughts on “Boating North Lake Powell: Moqui Canyon

      1. The only one that looks different to me is Red Rock Canyon. The rocks there seem to have more variation in texture and colour, but I’m sure there are parts of it that resemble all the others. 😊

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