Ken Sleight

glencanyonexhibit.com

 Iconic Utah outfitter Ken Sleight began his river-guiding career in Glen Canyon during the mid-1950s, just as the Glen Canyon Dam blueprints jumped from the drawing board to remote desert terrain. The pulse of the Colorado River through the canyon would soon be halted by a cement wall and Glen Canyon backfilled with water. Sleight knew the condition of the canyon was terminal.

A photo taken by Marshall Stewart, of a landscape pre-inundation
Martha Ham

  


 

Fifty-five years ago, the federal government began flooding a Utah canyon by building a dam. Water from the blocked Colorado River in Glen Canyon serves as a source of recreation on Lake Powell and produces hydropower for seven western states - Utah, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas and Wyoming.