No – nobody goes to Page, Arizona to see Page – there’s not much to the town apart from motel chains, restaurants and a string of chapels. But the place teems with visitors in high season. Ok, no one stays for very long but with the number of RV’s and rented cars on the roads, there’s obviously some attraction hereabouts!
This dot on the map has been blessed with more natural attractions than most spots on the planet and definitely warrants a stopover on any south west USA road trip.
Recently, we thought we’d made a huge mistake by booking two nights here. Most visitors we met were either on day trips from Flagstaff or passing through as quickly as possible. All were polite but, judging from the number of raised eyebrows, they were not impressed with our tour plan!
But, as always, once you slow down there’s always more to be discovered and we actually ended up with a very full schedule and left with things untested and unexplored.
So ….. here are my 5 reasons to include Page in your road trip….
1. Antelope Canyon
A guided tour of the slot canyon is the highlight….
2. Horseshoe Bend
Created by the meandering Colorado River, the stunning view is best enjoyed from the 1000 foot steep cliffs.
3. Glen Canyon Dam and Visitor Centre
The dam was completed in 1963. At the visitors centre, you can enjoy the views and a self-guided tour of exhibits, photos, etc. or, if you have an hour to spare, its worth joining a guided tour group which takes you by elevator to the lower levels.
After the completion of the dam, the Colorado River began to back up and the newly flooded Glen Canyon formed Lake Powell. The lands are managed by the National Parks Service and facilities include boating, fishing, swimming, camping, etc.
5. Hanging Garden Trail
This easy trail through semi arid landscape offers glimpses of the lake before leading to lush vegetation clinging to the rocks. The ‘gardens’ are fed by springs which flow down through porous rocks and cracks.
Antelope Canyon can only be visited with a guide and is very heavily booked in high season – make sure to plan ahead
Horseshoe Bend is owned by the National Parks system but they don’t have the parking rights! So there is a $10 parking fee. Allow for about a 1.5 mile round trip from the carpark.
Dam – federally owned so security measures are in place for the guided tours.
Lake Powell – as part of the National Parks Service, you will need your annual pass or else be prepared to pay $30 entrance fee.