Page is a charming desert city located in the extreme north-central part of Arizona, just minutes from the Utah border. A gateway to the awe-inspiring Lake Powell and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, the city provides the perfect home base for exploring the areas famed attractions.
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Horseshoe Bend is a unique incised meander created by the Colorado River near Page, Arizona. Located within the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers alike will appreciate the absolute beauty provided by this natural phenomena. Visitors will experience a nice, scenic hike on their way to the bend, with plenty of photo opportunities along the way. The marvelous rock walls that surround the river are comprised of minerals that include garnet, platinum, and hematite. In relation to sea level, the overlook sits at about 4,200 feet above it, while the river is closer to 3,200 feet. Once there, visitors will enjoy breathtaking panoramic views over the river and surrounding desert.
2.Rainbow Bridge National Monument
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Rainbow Bridge National Monument is a unique, arched, rock formation that spans over a small canyon and stream in Lake Powell, Utah. The monument is approximately 30 miles northeast of the city of Page, Arizona, making it very accessible for daytrips. The park uses a concessioner, Aramark, to lead guided tours via boat to Rainbow Bridge. Because Bullfrog and Wahweap marinas are a 50-mile boat ride from Rainbow Bridge, visitors should plan for a full-day excursion. This geological attraction draws in over 85,000 visitors each year from all over the world. They’ll enjoy the areas hiking trails, Red Rock formations, and endless, picturesque photo opportunities.
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A slot canyon, Antelope Canyon is a popular geological attraction situated approximately eight miles southeast of Page, Arizona. The canyon features two separate slot canyon sections – Upper Antelope Canyon (The Crack), and Lower Antelope Canyon (The Corkscrew). The canyon was formed from erosion to the surrounding Navajo Sandstone, primarily from flash flooding. The narrow passageways and deep corridors have beautiful wave-like characteristics left behind by the rushing rainwaters. Visitors can take guided hiking tours through either one of, or both of the slot canyon sections. During certain times of the year, sunlight pours into the canyons from openings above, providing some of the most impressive photo opportunities of this modern marvel.
4.Vermilion Cliffs National Park
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Vermilion Cliffs National Park is an unspoiled, 294,000-acre monument located about an hour southwest of Page, Arizona. The monument is quite the geological marvel, containing Paria Canyon, Coyote Buttes, Vermilion Cliffs, and Paria Plateau. Visitors will enjoy breathtaking views of deep canyons and towering cliffs. Paria Canyon offers a great multi-day, wilderness backpacking experience for visitors to enjoy. Travelers come from all over the world to get a glimpse of the colorful swirls provided by the cross-bedded sandstone around Coyote Buttes. Visitors will also have plenty of opportunities for wildlife viewing, they may even see a few California condors. A permit will be required for hiking Coyote Buttes South and North, and for overnight excursions within Paria Canyon.
5.Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
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From southern Utah’s Orange Cliffs to Lees Ferry in northern Arizona, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area encompasses over 1.25-million acres of land, and stretches hundreds of miles. The area provides visitors with unparalleled opportunities for backcountry and water-based recreation. The recreation area features a plethora of human history, scenic vistas, and geological wonders. Visitors can partake in activities that range from touring Glen Canyon Dam to experiencing pioneer life at Lees Ferry to smooth water rafting down the beautiful Colorado River. Rainbow Bridge National Monument has been designated a Dark Sky Sanctuary by the International Dark-Sky Association, only the fourth in the entire world. Visitors can come and experience a breathtaking night under an endless canopy of stars.
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Lake Powell is a beautiful reservoir situated between downtown Page, Arizona, and the Utah border. The lake’s shoreline offers hundreds of miles of picturesque locations for visitors to explore by personal watercraft, kayak, power boat, or houseboat. Along the way the lake provides a plethora of opportunities for photographing dramatic vistas of Glen Canyon Dam, the slot canyons, and the surrounding Red Rock desert. There are also several water activities for visitors to enjoy on the lake that include paddle boarding, jet skiing, wakeboarding, swimming, waterskiing, and fishing. Visitors can stop by the Powell Museum and explore the historic collections, interpretive exhibits, and archives for an informative experience.
7.Water Holes Canyon
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Water Holes Canyon is a drainage that forms many beautiful slot canyons that cut through red sandstone rocks around Lake Powell. Visitors will find this marvelous stretch of canyon situated just a few miles south of downtown Page, Arizona. Similar to Antelope Canyon, the course of the water extends along either side of the main road (US 89) and eventually gets much deeper downstream, with quite a few sheer drops. Visitors can traverse the narrow passageways and enjoy marvelous views of exceptionally beautiful rock formations, delicately curved through colored sandstone, and illuminated by rays of sunlight breaking through from above. Visitors will appreciate the many wonderful photo opportunities presented during their excursions at Water Holes Canyon.
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8.Glen Canyon Dam Overlook
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Glen Canyon Dam Overlook is an easy down-and-back hike to a viewpoint along the rim of Glen Canyon, in Page, Arizona. It typically takes visitors about 20 minutes to get down to the overlook, view the river, and then hike back. Unlike the dam and its massive complex, the overlook was a simpler project of just adding in a road, parking lot, and some stairs along the sandstone trail. Visitors will enjoy magnificent views over the Colorado River, the surrounding Red Rock desert, and of the dam itself. This is a simple, beautiful, and easy on the wallet activity for visitors to enjoy in the Page area.
9.Carl Hayden Visitor Center
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Carl Hayden Visitor Center is a circular, glass-enclosed observation building located at the west end of Glen Canyon Dam. Completed in 1963, this visitor center was designed to accommodate and inform the droves of tourists who flocked to Lake Powell. This beautiful, modernistic structure whose east end extends out over the impressive dam, provides sweeping, panoramic views over Lake Powell, and of the dam itself. Visitors can enjoy guided tours of the Glen Canyon Dam performed by members from the Glen Canyon Natural History Association. The tour is typically 45-60 minutes in length, during the tour visitors will see the crest of the dam, a large section of green grass (for cooling purposes), and eight large, hydroelectric generators.
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Powell Museum is a nonprofit organization that was created in 1969, for the purpose of commemorating the accomplishments and life of Major John Wesley Powell. The museum is conveniently located along North Lake Powell Boulevard, in the heart of Page, Arizona. The building the museum occupies was originally constructed by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation as a testing lab for concrete, for Glen Canyon Dam’s construction. The museum is comprised of historic archives and collections, interpretive exhibits, an information center, and a gift shop with maps, books, local art, and artifacts with ties to the Colorado Plateau. Visitors will appreciate the free admission to this attraction, though donations are greatly appreciated.
6 North Lake Powell Boulevard, Page, AZ, Phone: 928-645-9496
11.Antelope Point Marina Village
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Antelope Point Marina Village is a floating marina that provides a gift shop, tours, dining, and boat rentals in Page, Arizona. An alternative to hiking or kayaking the canyon, visitors can enjoy relaxed, guided boat tours through the slot canyons and towering Red Rock cliffs. Gliding through the waters of Antelope Canyon is both unique and awe-inspiring. When renting a boat or watercraft, visitors’ options will range from a kayak to a jet ski to a powerboat to a patio pontoon to a houseboat. For dining options, the village offers the Ja’di’ To’oh Restaurant, Grandma Betty’s, and The Sandbar. While visitors dine, shop, and relax, they’ll enjoy breathtaking views of Lake Powell and the surrounding desert.
537 Marina Parkway, Page, AZ, Phone: 928-645-5900
12.Hanging Gardens Trail
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Hanging Garden Trail is a wonderfully picturesque hike, whose trailhead is situated approximately 500 yards from U.S. Highway 89 in Page, Arizona. The hike leads outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers to a luxurious Hanging Garden on a mesa above Lake Powell and the Colorado River. The rare green oasis that has grown beneath the row of buttes is a marvelous sight to see. The old jeep trail is outlined by rock cairns and offers minimal elevation gain; the one mile hike is perfect for all ages and experience levels. During the hike visitors will enjoy beautiful blue skies, maybe a few cumulus clouds, and expansive views of the Red Rock desert.
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Lees Ferry is a popular area along the winding Colorado River, about eight miles southwest of Page, Arizona. Because of the natural corridor that it forms between Arizona and Utah, Lees Ferry played a prominent role in the early settlement and exploration of northern Arizona. Situated upstream from the boat launch ramp are several historic buildings and a ferry crossing site. Many tourists, Native Americans, miners, pioneers, and ferryboats used this location to cross the river between 1872 and 1928. Today the site is used to launch rafts for whitewater trips down the Colorado River, or boats for recreation. Backpackers usually finish their multi-day hikes here, and fisherman can typically be seen enjoying world-class trout fishing. It’s also one of four gateways to Grand Canyon National Park.
14.Navajo Village Heritage Center
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Navajo Village Heritage Center is a museum where visitors can learn about the powerful heritage and culture of the Navajo. Visitors will find the museum situated just north of State Route 98, along Coppermine Road in Page, Arizona. Visitors will have the opportunity to sit and listen to oral stories that have been passed down from generation to generation. During their trip to the center, visitors will be treated to classic culture within a natural setting, provided by the Navajo families. They’ll also explore traditionally built hogans, observe Native American dancing, and see a weaving presentation. A truly one-of-a-kind experience, visitors will learn all about the rich history and ancestors of the Navajo people.
1253 Coppermine Road, Page, AZ, Phone: 928-660-0304
15.Grand Canyon Helicopters - Page/Lake Powell
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Grand Canyon Helicopters – Page/Lake Powell is a helicopter tour agency with a location in Page, Arizona. From the Top of the World Navajo Style Tour to the Skyview Horseshoe Bend Air Tour to The Ultimate with Horseshoe Bend Tour, visitors will have the opportunity to view attractions around Page and Lake Powell like never before. For travelers looking to mix a little adrenaline in with their sightseeing, Grand Canyon Helicopters is the way to go. From the stat-of-the-art helicopters, visitors will enjoy breathtaking views over attractions that include Glen Canyon, Vermilion Cliffs, the Grand Staircase, Lake Powell, Tower Butte, and Kaiparowitz Plateau.
238 10th Avenue, Page, AZ, Phone: 928-645-0246
16.Lake Powell Paddleboards
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Lake Powell Paddleboards is a paddleboard, kayak, and canoe rental service located in the desert city of Page, Arizona. This family-owned shop offers visitors fun-filled and breathtaking Lake Powell tours lead by PSUPA Certified guides. Lake Powell has been listed as the #1 SUP (Stand-up Paddle) Wonder of the World by SUP Connect. There are several slot canyon locations along the lake that can only be reached by paddleboard or kayak. The shop’s goal is to provide a welcoming environment for paddling enthusiasts and newbies alike, where they can make one stop for all of their paddle-boarding needs. During the tours, visitors will have time to enjoy a little swimming and relaxing under the warm sun. Phone: 928 645 4017
17.Into the Grand
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Into the Grand is a restaurant serving Native American-inspired comfort food in the heart of Page, Arizona. Not the typical restaurant, the family-owned establishment offers seating every night for live entertainment and dinner. Guests will enjoy live music during dinner service from 7:00 – 8:30pm. After dinner they’ll be treated to a Native American dance performance that lasts approximately 45 minutes. The dining room is equipped with basic tables and chairs, a stage for performing, industrial design elements, and a bar named “The Hooch.” The Traditional Navaho Tacos are a popular choice. – prepared with Navajo Fry Bread, seasoned ground beef, onions, tomatoes, lettuce, cheese, pinto beans, and green chilies, with a side of sour cream and salsa.
148 6th Avenue, Page, AZ, Phone: 928-660-8593
18.Big John’s Texas BBQ
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Big John’s Texas BBQ is a casual barbeque restaurant situated along South Lake Powell Boulevard in Page, Arizona. Getting its start in 2006, the restaurant has been serving up some of the best, authentic Texas barbeque around for over a decade. From its humble beginnings as a pop-up tent to a custom BBQ trailer, the restaurant has grown along with its cult following. It now resides in an old gas station with red brick, unassuming, but an area staple none-the-less. Guests will enjoy popular Texas barbeque items ranging from beef brisket to pulled pork to pulled chicken to smoked pork baby back ribs. The sides are equally as tasty, and include coleslaw, potato salad, and cowboy beans.
153 South Lake Powell Boulevard, Page, AZ, Phone: 928-645-3300
19.Ranch House Grille
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Ranch House Grille is a charming, family-owned restaurant serving southwestern-inspired cuisine, located in downtown Page, Arizona. The restaurant is open for breakfast and lunch daily. They pride themselves on preparing their comfort food with the freshest, locally-sourced ingredients whenever possible. Visitors will find the atmosphere casual and relaxed, and the service exceptional. The interior features gray tile floors, a knotty pine wall, Native American items, diner-style tables and chairs, skylights, and a flat-screen TV. The Chile Relleno Breakfast is a menu favorite. It’s one chile relleno pepper covered in pork chili verde sauce, served with hash browns, beans, rice, and a flour tortilla.
819 North Navajo Drive, Page, AZ, Phone: 928-645-1420
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Bonkers Restaurant is a sensational Italian restaurant, situated along North Navajo Drive in downtown Page, Arizona. The restaurant believes in using only the best ingredients available when preparing their cuisine. From fresh seafood to natural meats to locally sourced produce, guests will taste the quality of food in every bite. They pride themselves on making everything from scratch, ensuring they know exactly what goes into every dish. The atmosphere is casual and comfortable, and service attentive. Visitors will enjoy Italian favorites that include Chicken Picatta or Marsala, Blackened Salmon Fettuccine, Shrimp & Crab Linguini, and Chicken Parmesan. Diners will appreciate the restaurant’s extensive beer and wine selections.
810 North Navajo Drive, Page, AZ, Phone: 928-645-2706
21.Slackers Quality Grub
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Slackers Quality Grub is a restaurant serving American fare at affordable prices in Page, Arizona. Getting its start in the 1970s, the restaurant has been a staple of the area for over 45 years. Diners will appreciate the laid-back, friendly atmosphere and exceptional customer service. Visitors will choose from menu items ranging from burgers to hot subs to chicken wings to New York steak. The restaurant also has dessert covered, guests will enjoy tasty treats that include malts, shakes, and hand-dipped ice-cream cones. The Bacon Cheeseburger is a big hit. – prepared with a 1/3lb. of ground beef cooked to preferred temperature and dressed with tomato, green leaf lettuce, dill pickle chips, red onion, and special sauce on a toasty bun.
635 Elm Street, Page, AZ, Phone: 928-645-5267
22.Hidden Canyon Kayak
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Hidden Canyon Kayak is a kayak and canoe tour agency situated along North Navajo Drive in Page, Arizona. Visitors will have the opportunity to explore Lake Powell’s unrivaled grandeur and beauty in one of the best ways. They’ll traverse deep slot canyons, soak in views of geologic wonders, and examine relics from human history, all by kayak. A few of the tours offered include the Antelope Canyon Kayak tour, Lone Rock Canyon tour, and Slot Canyon tour. Overnight excursions offer an experience loaded with swimming, hiking, kayaking, and comfortable camping. Whatever the choice, visitors will be treated to breathtaking lake, cliff, and southwestern vista views.
23.Lower Antelope Canyon Tours
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Lower Antelope Canyon Tours is a sightseeing tour agency situated along Indian Route 222 in Page, Arizona. The agency offers two spectacular tours that adventurers, outdoor enthusiasts, and lovers of nature’s beauty will enjoy. The Sightseeing Tours are educational and informational, as well as breathtaking. On the Lower Antelope Canyon tour, visitors will meander their way through rocky and sandy spaces along a 1.1 mile trail. The Kayak Powell Tours take visitors through Antelope Canyon. Along the relaxing paddling trips, visitors will kayak under towering cliffs and past marvelous Red Rock formations, providing incredible photo opportunities. During the fall and summer, the lake’s temperature feels like a warm bath, perfect for a quick swim, or peaceful soak.
24.Antelope Canyon Tours
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Antelope Canyon Tours is an adventure company owned and operated by the Navajo Nation in Page, Arizona. Adventurous travelers who seek to discover spectacular, yet fairly unknown attractions near Lake Powell will appreciate the tours offered by this agency. From the Sightseer’s Tour to the Photographic Tour to the Vermilion Adventure, visitors will be blown away by the beautiful colors, unique textures, and marvelous rock formations. The Photographic Tour gives serious photographers the chance to capture incredible shots using the right equipment with proper exposures. The Vermilion Adventure offers tours to Thousand Pockets, White Pocket, and Buckskin Gulch, among other locations. These tours tend to be more demanding physically, but offer plenty to hike, see, and photograph.
25.Horseshoe Bend Slot Canyon Tours
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Horseshoe Bend Slot Canyon Tours is an adventure agency situated along U.S. Highway 89 in Page, Arizona. Visitors will experience a tour that includes a visit to both the Horseshoe Bend Slot Canyon and breathtaking Horseshoe Bend Overlook. The tour begins with an exhilarating, six-mile-long, off-roading adventure in a 4x4 tour truck that winds through rolling hills and sandy washes, before arriving at a secluded Horseshoe Bend Slot Canyon. After exploring and photographing the slot canyon, visitors will jump back in the vehicle and head to Horseshoe Bend Overlook. Once there, they’ll take in marvelous views of the Colorado River and its incised meander. Travelers come from all over the world to view and photograph these spectacular land formations.
25 Best Things to Do in Page, Arizona
- Horseshoe Bend, Photo: Courtesy of bennymarty - Fotolia.com
- Rainbow Bridge National Monument, Photo: Courtesy of Mike Hans Steffl - Fotolia.com
- Antelope Canyon, Photo: Courtesy of jayyuan - Fotolia.com
- Vermilion Cliffs National Park, Photo: Courtesy of jon manjeot - Fotolia.com
- Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Photo: Courtesy of juancat - Fotolia.com
- Lake Powell, Photo: Courtesy of David.Sch - Fotolia.com
- Water Holes Canyon, Photo: Courtesy of Jiggsons - Fotolia.com
- Glen Canyon Dam Overlook, Photo: Courtesy of konstantant - Fotolia.com
- Carl Hayden Visitor Center, Photo: Courtesy of vadimgouida - Fotolia.com
- Powell Museum, Photo: Powell Museum
- Antelope Point Marina Village, Photo: Courtesy of Natalia Bratslavsky - Fotolia.com
- Hanging Gardens Trail, Photo: Courtesy of EVERST - Fotolia.com
- Lees Ferry, Photo: Courtesy of trekandphoto - Fotolia.com
- Navajo Village Heritage Center, Photo: Navajo Village Heritage Center
- Grand Canyon Helicopters - Page/Lake Powell, Photo: Courtesy of bennymarty - Fotolia.com
- Lake Powell Paddleboards, Photo: Courtesy of David.Sch - Fotolia.com
- Into the Grand, Photo: Into the Grand
- Big John’s Texas BBQ, Photo: Courtesy of Allen.G - Fotolia.com
- Ranch House Grille, Photo: Ranch House Grille
- Bonkers Restaurant, Photo: Courtesy of Andrey Starostin - Fotolia.com
- Slackers Quality Grub, Photo: Slackers Quality Grub
- Hidden Canyon Kayak, Photo: Courtesy of Krzysztof Wiktor - Fotolia.com
- Lower Antelope Canyon Tours, Photo: Courtesy of PhotoElite - Fotolia.com
- Antelope Canyon Tours, Photo: Courtesy of jayyuan - Fotolia.com
- Horseshoe Bend Slot Canyon Tours, Photo: Courtesy of Klara - Fotolia.com
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