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Page, Arizona: Top 4 Places to See

Updated on November 24, 2019
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Throgmorton is an avid hiker and road-tripper and has spent much time in the Four Corners region.

Entrance sign along Hwy 89
Entrance sign along Hwy 89 | Source

Antelope Canyon

Located on the outskirts of Page, Arizona, Antelope Canyon has exploded in popularity in the last twenty years. Because it is located on lands of the Navajo Nation, advanced planning is highly recommended before seeing these fascinating slot canyons divided into the Upper and Lower sections. Carved out of the sandstone bedrock through water and wind erosion, the slot canyons are easily accessible which accounts for the explosion of popularity. Before embarking park in the designated lots off Hwy 89: more than likely you will have to pay to park. From there you must arrange to take a tour of either Upper or Lower Antelope Canyon. Go to the on-site kiosk and ask about availability. It's highly recommended you have advanced reservations if you are visiting during the summer or any holiday. There are quite a few tour operators to choose from and some can arrange to pick you up in Page as well. Upper Antelope Canyon is a walk through while Lower Antelope Canyon one must down-climb a set of ladders before reaching the canyon floor. All tours require a guide - no exceptions!

The entrance to Upper Antelope Canyon
The entrance to Upper Antelope Canyon | Source
One of the trucks that ferries tourists from the parking area to the entrance of Upper Antelope Canyon
One of the trucks that ferries tourists from the parking area to the entrance of Upper Antelope Canyon | Source
The entrance to Upper Antelope Canyon
The entrance to Upper Antelope Canyon | Source
Looking up through the roof of Upper Antelope Canyon
Looking up through the roof of Upper Antelope Canyon | Source
Upper Antelope Canyon showing floor and ceiling
Upper Antelope Canyon showing floor and ceiling | Source
Upper Antelope Canyon
Upper Antelope Canyon | Source
road sign leading to parking area for Antelope Canyon
road sign leading to parking area for Antelope Canyon | Source

Page attractions

Attraction
Jursisdiction
Entrance fee
Reservations/planning recommended
Antelope Canyon
Navajo Nation
Yes
Yes
Glen Canyon Dam (Carl Hayden Visitor Center)
National Park Service
No
No
Horseshoe Bend
National Park Service
No
Yes
Wahweap Marina
National Park Service
Yes
No (unless taking a chartered boat tour)

Horseshoe Bend

Horseshoe Bend is part of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area located only 5.5 miles from Page along Hwy 89 southbound. A well signed parking area on the right side of the road (southbound) accesses a well beaten trailhead which reaches the overlook after about .75 miles. If you are going in the summer, there is virtually no shade or water - bring your own of both. Toilets are plentiful at the parking area but lines can form quickly depending on the crowds. Also, bear in mind this site, along with Antelope Canyon, has grown in popularity within the last twenty years and parking, at any time of the year, can be problematic. You are not allowed to park along Hwy 89. Advanced planning is highly recommended. If the parking lot is full - you will be turned away and told to come back at a later time. Should you be able to squeeze into the lot and find a parking space, it is a virtual zoo or pedestrians, POVs and tour buses offloading mostly foreign tourists.

Road sign for Horseshoe Bend showing avid tourists who parked along US 89 (not permitted).
Road sign for Horseshoe Bend showing avid tourists who parked along US 89 (not permitted). | Source
Horseshoe Bend
Horseshoe Bend | Source
fish-eye of Horseshoe Bend
fish-eye of Horseshoe Bend | Source
Looking back at the only shade (gazebo) along the .75 miles trail to Horseshoe Bend.
Looking back at the only shade (gazebo) along the .75 miles trail to Horseshoe Bend. | Source

Glen Canyon Dam

Hard to miss on any trip to Page is a view of the Glen Canyon Dam - the big block of 710 foot high concrete that makes the immense Lake Powell possible. Construction of the dam was completed in 1966. US 89 goes right over it, but be sure to pull into the Carl Hayden Visitor Center and get out so you can approach it on foot. It doesn't cost any money. There are pedestrian overlooks behind the Visitor Center and a pedestrian walkway along US 89 which will give you the best views of the dam. Behind the dam is, of course, Lake Powell, which showcases a stark, but brilliant contrast of sandstone formations against cobalt blue waters. Below the dam the Colorado River resumes its southward course from its sunken channel submerged by Lake Powell. The sheer sandstone walls are impressive averaging about a thousand feet straight above the river bed.

The National Park Visitor Center at Glen Canyon Dam
The National Park Visitor Center at Glen Canyon Dam | Source
US 89 bridge at the mouth of Glen Canyon Dam (out of view on left)
US 89 bridge at the mouth of Glen Canyon Dam (out of view on left) | Source
Glen Canyon Dam
Glen Canyon Dam | Source

Wahweap Marina, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

If you want approach Lake Powell the best place to do so is from the Wahweap Marina. Located 5.5 miles from the Glen Canyon Dam, Wahweap Marina is a great place to spend a morning or afternoon and it has a full range of facilities ranging from gift shops, restaurant, campsites, service station, showers, laundry, lodging, and full marina services. There is an entrance fee along Lakeshore Drive which is accessible from US 89. Moreover, it provides a very scenic view of Lake Powell and a jumping off point if you are taking a private or chartered boat tour some of which go to Rainbow Bridge National Monument, which is administered by the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. The arch is 290 high and 234 feet across. It is accessible by a one mile hike from Bridge Canyon wharf.

Looking down on Wahweap Marina and Lake Powell, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.
Looking down on Wahweap Marina and Lake Powell, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. | Source
Rainbow Bridge National Monument
Rainbow Bridge National Monument | Source

Page, Arizona

A
Glen Canyon Dam:
US-89, Page, AZ 86040, USA

get directions

B
Horseshoe Bend:
Horseshoe Bend, Page, AZ 86040, USA

get directions

C
Wahweap Marina:
100 Lake Shore Dr, Page, AZ 86040, USA

get directions

D
Antelope Canyon:
Antelope Canyon, Arizona 86040, USA

get directions

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2019 Throgmorton

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      Throgmorton 

      16 months ago

      Liz: Thank you kindly for your comments. I am glad you found that article of use.

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      Liz Westwood 

      16 months ago from UK

      This is an exceptionally well-illustrated article. You give a great insight into this part of Arizona.

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