Ghosts of Glen Canyon

History beneath Lake Powell

Drift down the Colorado River through Glen Canyon and explore the people and places that encompass the history of this majestic canyon before it drowned in the rising waters of Lake Powell.
Author Gregory Crampton led the historical investigations of Glen and San Juan Canyons from 1957 to 1963 under contract with the National Park Service. The objective was to locate and record historical sites that would be lost to the rising waters of the reservoir. This book records that effort.

First published in 1986, this edition has been revised to include several new “ghosts” of Glen Canyon, including a never-before-published foreword by Edward Abbey. It also showcases stunning color photographs by Philip Hyde and includes hundreds of black-and-white photographs taken by the original salvage crews.

This informative guide to the historic treasures of Glen Canyon includes numbered maps keyed to each location. It is a book for both the armchair traveler and the lake enthusiast eager for a journey through the past to a place few had the privilege to know.

C. Gregory Crampton (1911-1995) was a professor of history at the University of Utah for more than thirty years. He and his crews made thirteen trips down Glen Canyon identifying, documenting, and photographing the evidence of human experience there. He is the author of Standing Up Country, Land of Living Rock, and numerous other books on the history of the Southwest.

W. L. 'Bud' Rusho served as public affairs chief for the Glen Canyon Dam construction project, leading a team of U.S. Bureau of Reclamation photographers in the recording of the construction of Glen Canyon Dam. He is the author of Lee's Ferry: Desert River Crossing and The Wilderness Journals of Everett Reuss.

Philip Hyde (1921-2006) was a wilderness photographer and for many years the principle conservation photographer for the Sierra Club. His fifteen books include As Long as the Rivers Shall Run and Slickrock: The Canyon Country of Southeast Utah.

Table of Contents:

Foreword by Edward Abbey
Introduction by W.L.Rusho
The Colorful Past of Glen Canyon
Color photographs follow
I. Glen Canyon and Man
II. Wahweap to Rainbow Bridge
III. Rainbow Bridge to Bullfrog and Hall’s Crossing
IV. Bullfrog and Hall’s Crossing to Hite
V. San Juan River Arm
VI. Glen Canyon Dam to Lee’s Ferry
Selected Bibliography

Praise and Reviews:

"Enjoyment of the vast lake by any visitor can be immeasurably enhanced by keeping a copy of Ghosts of Glen Canyon close at hand."—Stan Jones ('Mr. Lake Powell'), John Wesley Powell Memorial Museum