Salt Lake City, Utah
Released On: October 08, 2008
While implementation of a fee program will only recoup a small percentage of costs, it is necessary to help offset increased costs associated with public visitation to the visitor center. Expenses at Glen Canyon Dam, including visitor services, operation and maintenance costs, are currently repaid through the sale of hydropower.
Entrance into the dam's Carl Hayden Visitor Center will remain free, but the tours, which last about one-hour, will have a maximum adult fee of $5, with reduced fees for senior citizens, children, military, and school groups. Tours are typically limited to 20 people at a time to provide the best opportunity to see the features and to interact with the guides.
Following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, visitation significantly dropped, mirroring reductions in the overall recreation and travel industry. However, since 2004 there has been steady growth with nearly 370-thousand visits last year. Since 1986 (the oldest records Reclamation and the National Park Service have), over 15.4 million people have visited the dam.
Tour participants will discover that Glen Canyon Powerplant is one of the largest hydropower facilities in the country, with a capacity of 1,320 megawatts, producing nearly 5 billion kilowatt-hours annually while serving about 5.8 million customers.
Visitors in 2009 will see work underway to update the original generators that began operation in 1964. One-by-one, the eight units, each weighing nearly 46 tons, will be completely torn down and renovated, with work continuing through 2014. Each upgraded unit will see approximately five percent increase in generation capacity.
DOI | Recreation.gov | USA.gov
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