There are so many things to do and see in Page, Arizona! Originally, the town of Page was built as a housing community for the construction of Glen Canyon Dam. However, as the reservoir filled and began attracting tourists, the town grew. Of course, as tourism grew, even more natural wonders in the area became famous.
We came to the area with a couple of adventures already in mind. After arriving, our list of things to do just continued to grow! Click below to see 5 amazing things to do in Page, Arizona in no particular order:
Glen Canyon Dam – Page, AZ
The town of Page likely wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for Glen Canyon Dam. It also continues to be a defining landmark right outside of town. You really can’t miss a 710 foot concrete wall with a gigantic arched bridge right in front of it!
Construction of Glen Canyon Dam began in the mid 1950’s and was completed in the mid 1960’s. It then took over 17 years to fill the reservoir! The project was rife with controversy and remains so today. Water rights for the Colorado River are complex and its possible that the dam could be removed some day.
The Carl Hayden Visitor Center sits right next to the dam, has exhibits, and offers tours. It was closed at the time of our visit due to Covid-19. However, we still got some really nice views of the dam by parking at the visitor center and walking onto the bridge.
Antelope Point and Antelope Canyon
Antelope Canyon is, arguably, the most iconic landmark in Page, Arizona. Both Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon are on Navajo land and to do a walking tour you must hire a Navajo guide. As beautiful as these slot canyons are, they are also prone to dangerous flash flooding. Hence, the need for a guide. During our latest visit the tours were closed due to the pandemic, but you can check their status here.
Another option is to rent a kayak from Antelope Point Marina and paddle into the bottom of the lower canyon. If you own your own kayak or watercraft, you can launch from the Antelope Point boat ramp. We’ve heard this is a pretty strenuous trip and that you should expect to take the whole day to paddle there, explore, and get back.
Antelope Point and the Marina are part of Glen Canyon Recreation area. As such, they require an entrance fee. We got a lot of use out of our America The Beautiful Pass in the couple of weeks that we spent in the area!
Lone Rock Beach
Technically, Lone Rock Beach is in Utah. However, it’s less than 20 minutes away from Page. It’s namesake is a giant piece of sandstone that juts out of the lake and is the only beach in the area where you can drive all the way down the water.
Lone Rock Beach is probably best known as a camping area. However, it is a huge area where you can drive OHV’s, launch boats, or just play in the water. The views from here are amazing, but it also gets really windy on a regular basis!
The New Wave
Just about everyone has heard of The Wave. A stunning array of sandstone layers in the northern part of Vermillion Cliffs National Monument. If you’ve heard of it then you probably also know that it is very difficult to get a permit to go see it. Fortunately, right outside of Page is a formation aptly named The New Wave! No permit required!
The trail begins immediately across the road from the Beehive Campground. There are no signs for the trail or any of the landmarks along it. Just look for two rows of rocks that form a path. Things can get a little confusing with the lack of signage. The trail clearly forms a loop around a large area with wave-like sandstone formations. On the backside of the loop, the rock path clearly opens up to an impressive, wavy overlook.
There is also a section on the left fork of the loop that we recognized from some professional photos of the area. We also noticed some people climbing up to another area, off of the established trail, between the two loops of the trail. This left us a little confused as to whether or not there is one specific spot called The New Wave, or if it’s this whole area. Our impression was that it is the whole area.
Likely tied with Antelope Canyon for the title of “Most Iconic Landmark near Page,” is Horseshoe Bend. A half mile walk from the parking lot ($10 per vehicle) leads you to a jaw-dropping overlook of the Colorado River 1,000ft below as it meanders around a sharp bend.
Horseshoe Bend is a super popular destination. Although once you get to the overlook there is plenty of room to have a slice of it to yourself. There are also a variety of boat tours available that will take you right through it!
Where To Stay Near Page, Arizona
Normally this is where we list off where we stayed and other great camping options we noticed while in the area. However, there are so many fantastic options that we will be making a separate blog post (and video). Stay tuned for the best place to stay in Page, Arizona!
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