When Stan Jones passed away in 2007, members of the Friends of Lake Powell thought it would be fitting to name a prominent feature at Lake Powell to recognize his advocacy and passion for the area. The U.S. Board on Geographic Names considers commemorative proposals for deceased individuals after a 5-year waiting period. Nominations are considered by the Board if the person had a direct or long term association with a geographic feature or made significant contributions to the area or State in which the landmark is located.
For more than 30 years Stan published an explorer’s map of Lake Powell. He also designed, wrote and published numerous books and articles promoting the Lake Powell area. In the mid-1960s when Lake Powell was first filling, Jones would often explore Glen Canyon for weeks on end, methodically probing the lake's coves and canyons and squeezing through narrow clefts to the farthest reaches of gorges to experience places that few had ever seen. Because of numerous requests from his friends, he then created the Stan Jones' Boating and Exploring Map of Lake Powell Country, which he updated yearly.
In 1969, Jones co-founded and became the first director of the John Wesley Powell Memorial Museum, which showcases Powell's journeys down the Colorado River, the history of Page and the Indian cultures of the Colorado Plateau. In recognition of his contribution to preserving the state's natural heritage, he was inducted into the Arizona Outdoor Hall of Fame in 2002.