It’s the perfect small-town story. Page has been a sleepy, peaceful, and relaxing town for decades. In the past, its industry has included building Glen Canyon Dam and the Navajo Generating Station, which is now closed. Lake Powell has become a main visitor destination, starting in the 1960’s, when the lake was created by the dam. More recently, Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon have become increasingly popular because social media has shared unbelievable photos to the general public.
Now it seems like everyone “in the know” has already been to Antelope Canyon or is planning at trip there. If you don’t fit into one of those two categories, you better start making plans. It is well worth the trip!
Page offers a good variety of accommodations. Even though it is a fairly small town of about 8,000 residents, the popularity of its attractions has resulted in new hotels being built over the last few years. Most major hotel chains now have fairly new properties in Page. Guests can also stay lakeside to enjoy the water, or you might be interested in one of the small, quaint properties near the center of town on the Street of Little Motels.
Page makes a great hub from which to explore many attractions: Antelope Canyon, Lake Powell, Horseshoe Bend, Glen Canyon Dam Visitor Center, and many other activities. Easy day trips from Page include Monument Valley, Marble Canyon, Rainbow Bridge National Monument, and Vermilion Cliffs National Monument.
Make sure you stop by “The HUB” in the center of town. It is a great visitor center, located at 34 S. Lake Powell Blvd. Pick up brochures there, and ask advice about where to eat, where to stay, what else to do, and much more. The HUB will certainly provide you with good information to help you enjoy your trip.
The city of Page is a fairly new town, founded in 1957. It started as a housing community that supported the building of the Glen Canyon Dam along the Colorado River, which created Lake Powell. The city of Page was originally called Government Camp. It was later renamed after John C. Page, who served as Commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation from 1936 to 1943. Page’s current population is about 8,000 residents. Antelope Canyon, Lake Powell, and Horseshoe Bend have become a powerful draw for visitors, especially over the last ten years. These attractions have combined to become responsible for the boom that has come to the small town of Page, welcoming millions of visitors every year. There are other destinations that dream of this kind of increase of visitors. Very few destinations can offer the wide variety of natural beauty and diverse activities all in one place. That is why Page has grown in popularity.
Antelope Canyon is the quintessential slot canyon! There is nowhere else in the world that quite compares. Whether it’s Upper Antelope Canyon, Lower Antelope Canyon, Antelope Canyon X, or Secret Canyon, you should prepare to be amazed. There is a good reason that Page is on the map for many international travelers now. Visitors seek such experiences.
An excellent visitor center sits on top of the Glen Canyon Dam. It explains the history, engineering, and benefits of the Bureau of Reclamation’s creation. Films, displays, and stunning views help tell the story of the dam and the lake. Admission is free and views of the dam and the river are well worth the visit.
The most dramatic view of the Colorado River is found at Horseshoe Bend Overlook. The river makes a U-turn, creating a striking peninsula that almost appears as an island. This elevated and expansive view from a vantage point at the edge of a cliff offers safe walking paths and rails that provide a feeling of security along the edge. It will beg you to take pictures of the scenic views.
So if you have not yet been to Page, Arizona, it is about time to plan a trip to the area. Its breathtaking scenery, canyons, water, and mountains invite you to come and explore what you have been missing.