ALSTROM POINT is, hands down, one of the most magical dispersed camping spots around. Located on a cliff towering over the picturesque waters of Padre Bay in Lake Powell, Alstrom Point offers breathtaking views of the incredible rock formations of Gunsight Butte and The Cookie Jar. Lake Powell is situated within Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and is a massive man made lake that was created after the completion of the Glen Canyon Dam along the Colorado River. When the dam was finished, it essentially forced the excess water into flooding the surrounding slot canyons that now make up Lake Powell, which is currently the second largest reservoir in the United States.
Once you reach the town of Big Water, you'll have a pretty GNARLY, YET GORGEOUS DRIVE along a gravel road for the next 30-miles until you reach Alstom Point. To be completely honest, you should ensure your tires and car are inspected before starting the long drive. It wouldn't be recommended to attempt this adventure in anything besides a high-clearance vehicle equipped with 4-wheel drive. The initial road is manageable; however, once you're a few miles from the actual destination, the dirt road becomes scattered with large rocks and deep holes that need to be dodged every few feet.
Once you're completely aware of the driving situation to this epic spot, take a look at the very detailed directions listed out on AlstromPoint.com's webpage here. These directions are incredibly helpful and consider having a hard copy print out on hand in case you lose service.
Finally, when you make it to the stunning section of Alstrom Point, you'll be greeted by unbelievable views of Lake Powell from above. SUNSET is absolutely breathtaking with the reflection against the lake water and the clouds that enhanced the colors in the sky to a radiant technicolor.
PRO-TIP: Be sure you read up on the removal of human waste within Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, You cannot leave any human waste behind while camping and that even includes digging catholes. You'll need to physically remove your waste in a new polymer-based waste bag containment system that can be bought ahead of your trip.
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