Page Arizona is famous for the beautiful rock formations at Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, and Lake Powell. With an abundance of outdoor activities around Page AZ you can explore nature via the amazing hiking trails as well as out on the water.
Did you know the city of Page AZ started out as a housing camp for workers constructing the Glen Canyon Dam in 1957.
While summers are extremely hot in Page, it’s a great time to plan a trip to Page for the fall, winter, or early spring season when temperatures are more pleasant for exploring outdoors.
In this post I’m sharing 12 things to do in Page Arizona.
1. Lake Powell
If you love water sports then visit Wahweap Marina and Antelope Point Marina where you can rent a jet ski, kayak, or boat and go fishing or water skiing.
Lake Powell is a huge manmade reservoir in Utah and Arizona created by the Glen Canyon Dam on the Colorado River.
Enjoy watersports on Lake Powell and explore the Glen Canyon National Recreation area.
2. Horseshoe Bend Overlook
Enjoy one of the best hikes in Arizona to the stunning view of the Colorado River at Horseshoe Bend, a short drive from Page AZ.
To avoid the crowds, get up early and do a sunrise hike to Horseshoe Bend.
Sunset is also beautiful at Horseshoe Bend, but be prepared for lots of people, and get there early to get a parking spot.
You can also experience Horseshoe Bend from the water with a rafting trip down the Colorado River.
3. Antelope Canyon
Although tours are currently on hold, be sure to sign up when they are available again. Antelope Canyon is only accessible via guided tour.
You can do a tour of Upper Antelope Canyon or Lower Antelope Canyon, or if you have the time do both. Antelope Canyon is one of the grand attractions in Page Arizona.
If you are short on time or on a tight budget, I recommend doing only the Lower Antelope Canyon tour because the photo opportunities are better.
You must book your tour of Antelope Canyon in advance if you want to get a reservation on your preferred date. Book it as soon as you know your travel dates, at least 2 – 3 months in advance is best.
4. Lone Rock Beach
20 minute drive from Page
Spend an afternoon at the lovely beach alongside Lake Powell at Lone Rock. If you want to camp, there is a primitive campground on the beach for $14 per night per vehicle.
To get to Lone Rock Beach from Page take US-89 N and continue for 9 miles then turn right onto Lone Rock Road.
5. Hike to Hanging Gardens
Just across the river from the Glen Canyon Dam there is a small parking lot and the trailhead to the Hanging Gardens Trail and a scenic overlook.
Distance: 1.2 miles (1.9 km)
Type of hike: Out and back
Elevation gain: 60 ft (19 m)
Dogs allowed: Yes, always keep dogs on leash
Be sure to walk to the overlook (watch for the sign) for wonderful views of the water and rock formations.
Since there is no shade in the afternoon it’s best to hike in the cooler morning hours.
6. Walk Across Glen Canyon Bridge
You can park at the Carl Hayden Visitor Center and walk across the Glen Canyon Bridge overlooking Lake Powell on one side and the Colorado River on the downstream side.
Enjoy excellent views of the Glen Canyon Dam.
Afterwards stop in the visitor center to learn about the construction of the dam.
7. Glen Canyon Dam Tour
Although tours are currently on hold, be sure to sign up when they are available again.
Glen Canyon Dam is 710 ft (220 m) high, built by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation from 1956 to 1966, and forms Lake Powell, one of the largest man-made reservoirs in the United States.
When I took the tour, it lasted about 45 minutes and you could only book in person within 1 day before tour – no phone reservations – no online reservations. When I visited, they ran 5 tours per day: 8:30 am, 10:30 am, 12:30 pm, 2:30 pm, and 3:30 pm.
8. Scenic drive from Page
Take a scenic drive from Page to Glen Canyon Dam, Lake Powell overlook, and Wahweap Overlook.
Sunset at Wahweap Overlook
One of the best places to watch the sunset in Page is at Wahweap Overlook.
9. The Chains
The Chains is a 15 – 20 minute hike down to a scenic spot by the water with a small beach and beautiful landscape. You can enjoy the view or do some fishing.
To get to the Chains parking lot follow the directions for the Hanging Garden trail and continue down the gravel road to the Chains parking area.
Wear sturdy walking shoes, and remember to bring sunscreen, wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, water, and snacks.
10. Navajo Bridge
40 minute drive from Page
Before the completion of the Navajo Bridge, people crossed the Colorado River by way of Lees Ferry. In 1929 the completion of Navajo Bridge allowed automobile traffic an easier way to cross the Colorado.
A bigger and stronger Navajo Bridge was constructed in 1995 but the old bridge is now used for pedestrian traffic only. It’s a beautiful location and there’s a vendor market where Navajo artisans sell their authentic jewelry and artwork.
Read more about taking a day trip to Navajo Bridge.
Combine your day trip to Navajo Bridge with a visit to the next item on the list and explore the exquisite rock formations.
11. Vermillion Cliffs Day Trip
45 minute drive from Page
The super popular hikes like The Wave are only available through a lottery permit but there are other day hikes.
If you have a high clearance 4X4 vehicle you could do the White Pocket hike. It’s an easy 1.5 mile (2.4 km) loop. Best time to hike it is fall, winter, or spring because it gets extremely hot in the summer months.
Be aware there are no paved roads within the Vermillion Cliffs National Monument. If you don’t have a high clearance 4 wheel drive vehicle you could either rent a jeep or pay for a tour from Page.
12. Grand Canyon
From Page you can visit either the North Rim or the South Rim of the Grand Canyon on a day trip.
120 miles – 2 hour drive from Page to South Rim
While it’s best to spend a few days at the Grand Canyon, you can do a day trip from Page to the Grand Canyon.
Visit the Desert View Watchtower, designed by architect Mary Colter, and enjoy stunning views of the canyon. Take the scenic Desert View Drive all the way to Grand Canyon Village.
Enjoy a meal at one of rustic lodges in the park then walk a portion of the Bright Angel Trail so you can see the Grand Canyon from below the rim.
Remember, you must walk back up! And be prepared for the weather conditions.
125 miles – 2 hrs 20 minute drive from Page to North Rim
If you are looking for a grand adventure and you’ve done all the nearby attractions in Page, take a day trip to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.
It’s less crowded than the South Rim but just as spectacular.
Read more about visiting the North Rim in one day.
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