Never heard of Page, Arizona? Well, I bet you’ve seen pictures of the famous Antelope Canyon, but there’s much more to this town. Here’s a short and sweet list of my top 5 favorite things to do in Page.
Page, Arizona Top 5
Antelope Canyon, Page, Arizona: whether you choose to visit the Upper, Lower, or both, you won’t be disappointed. A tour guide is required to visit this slot canyon which is located on Navajo Land. I chose Ken’s Tours in Lower Antelope Canyon and got some incredible shots. Tip: if using an iPhone set the camera to “Chrome” filter to capture the best color. Also, try to go when it’s sunny for best lighting.
Horseshoe Bend, Page, Arizona: a short hike leads you to a sheer drop-off overlooking the Colorado River below. There are no rails so you can get as close to the edge as you want, just watch out for strong gusts of wind. Tip: Go at midday to get the best lighting of the entire canyon and river below. Sunrise and sunset are great for skyline shots but there will be shadows in the canyon.
Lake Powell, Page, Arizona: from boating and skiing to fishing and kayaking, choose your water-loving adventure and enjoy the crystal clear waters. Lake Powell is the nation’s second-largest manmade lake which was formed by the Glen Canyon Dam. You can find lakeside camping on sandy beaches north of Glen Canyon Dam at the Wahweap RV Park and Campground. Tip: You can drive your car right out onto the sand in some spots.
The Chains, Page, Arizona: day use area located just past the east side of the dam, perfect for hiking, fishing, and swimming. The road is marked with a hiking sign that leads to Hanging Garden Trail, continue driving on the gravel road past the trailhead until you reach a parking lot. From here, you can hike anywhere along the slickrock sand formations, there is no trail so be adventurous. You’ll see amazing views of Lake Powell from the top and if you hike down towards the lake you find private little coves and rocks perfect for swimming or fishing. This was my favorite “accidental” discovery because it was so peaceful and just like having your own private beach. Tip: Bring lots of water and give yourself plenty of time to hike back in daylight. There are no trail markers, so keep in mind your bearings to avoid getting lost.
Lee’s Ferry, Page, Arizona: one of only two bridges that cross the Colorado River between the Hoover Dam and Hite. You can walk across the bridge and snap pics of Marble Canyon with the river below. This is also a popular starting point for many rafting trips down the river. Continue on US 89A, and you’ll find yourself driving alongside the Vermilion Cliffs. Tip: Look for native Navajo people selling handmade goods alongside the road. You’re in Navajo Nation until you cross the Colorado River at Lee’s Ferry.