Page Arizona is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts and adventure seekers. These are the best things to do in Page AZ.
Page Arizona introduction
Page is a small town located in northern Arizona. It was established in 1957 as a housing development for workers who were building the Glen Canyon Dam on the Colorado River. The city quickly grew into a popular tourist destination because of its scenic beauty and outdoor recreation opportunities.
The city of Page is also home to several cultural and historical attractions, including the John Wesley Powell Museum. In recent years, Page has become a popular destination for nature lovers, photographers, and filmmakers, thanks to its stunning natural landscapes and unique geology. It is also a great stop when you’re exploring the US National Parks during a road trip, it’s a 2-hour drive to Grand Canyon National Park, and about 2.5 hours to Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park.
Best things to do in Page AZ
What to do in Page AZ? This is a list of fun activities and the most beautiful places in and around Page.
Visit Antelope Canyon
Antelope Canyon is one of the main attractions in Page AZ. This slot canyon is located on Navajo land and it is one of the most photographed places in Southwest USA. It’s known for its narrow, winding corridors and the way the light filters through the rock formations.
You have to visit Antelope Canyon with a guided tour, and the tour guide will change the settings on your phone or your camera so you can make incredible pictures. There are two places you can visit:
- Lower Antelope Canyon – the lower canyon has a length of 1335 feet (400 meters) and has some stairs to get into and out of the canyon.
- Upper Antelope Canyon – the upper canyon has a length of 660 feet (200 meters), is easy to visit since it is all at ground level, and it is famous because of the light beams that appear around noon during summer months.
There are several options, including a special photography tour. These tend to be more expensive than regular tours.
When you start the tour, you have to pay an additional $8, which is the fee for visiting Navajo land. Book your tour well in advance since they are likely to sell out.
Other slot canyons
Antelope Canyon is a beautiful place and incredibly popular, but it is not the only slot canyon in the surrounding area of Page. If the Antelope Canyon tours are sold out and you still want to see a slot canyon, there are a few more beautiful slot canyons that you can visit.
- Antelope Canyon X
- Horseshoe Bend Slot Canyon (also known as Secret Antelope Canyon)
- Waterholes Canyon
These canyons are less crowded than Antelope Canyon and are a great alternative.
Check out the Horseshoe Bend
The Horseshoe Bend is another reason why people visit Page. This iconic bend in the Colorado River is located just a few miles south of Page. From the parking lot, you have to hike 1.2 miles (one way) to get to the viewpoint. The views from the overlook are stunning and the area is great for photography.
Opening hours are from sunrise to sunset and you have to pay for parking ($10 for a car or RV and $5 for a motorcycle). Although it’s a short hike, make sure to bring water and some snacks. It can get very warm (especially in the summer months) and there is no shade.
Tip! Want to check out the Horseshoe Bend from a different angle? Book this amazing helicopter flight!
Watch the amazing sunset
Sunsets in the desert are absolutely gorgeous, so make sure to watch the sunset when you’re in Page. Great places to see the sunset in Page are the Horseshoe Bend and Glen Canyon Dam Overlook.
Lake Powell is the second-largest man-made reservoir and stretches across the border of Arizona and Utah. It was formed after the installation of the Glen Canyon Dam and is part of the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. It’s a great place to cool off on a hot day. Jump in the water for a refreshing swim, go on a boat tour (they depart from Wahweap Marina and Antelope Point Marina), rent a kayak, or a speed boat for the day. There are plenty of fun water activities! In addition, there are also several hiking trails that follow the lake shore.
Wahweap Viewpoint and Navajo Mountain Viewpoint
Wahweap is a bay in Lake Powell and about 8 miles (13 kilometers) north of Page. The lakeshore drive from Page to Wahweap is a very scenic drive with a few great viewpoints of Lake Powell, like Wahweap Viewpoint and Navajo Mountain Viewpoint. Wahweap Overlook is also a beautiful viewpoint, this one is located just off highway 89.
In Wahweap you can find a small Wahweap Marina where you can rent a boat or hop on a boat for a tour. There’s also a large campground. I stayed here myself when I was visiting Page. Although it was really hot, it was also a great place to stay. I’ve never seen the Milky Way so clear at night. It was also a short hike to the Wahweap Swimming Spot, where you can jump into the fresh water of Lake Powell.
Visit the Page-Lake Powell Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center
This is a great place to start your trip to Page. You can get information about local attractions, restaurants, and other points of interest. Hours of operation are limited, so check those on the official website before you go.
Rainbow Bridge National Monument
Rainbow Bridge National Monument is one of the largest natural bridges in the world, with a height of 290 feet (88 meters) and a span of 275 feet (84 meters). The bridge is made of sandstone and was formed over millions of years by the erosive forces of wind and water. It is considered one of the most sacred places to the Navajo people and is a powerful symbol of their spiritual beliefs and cultural heritage.
Rainbow Bridge is located about 30 miles (50 kilometers) northeast of Page, in the state of Arizona. You can check out the bridge with a Lake Powell boat tour. From the dock, it’s a 1-mile (1.6-kilometer) hike to Rainbow Bridge. You can also do a strenuous 16-mile hike to the bridge, but since it’s on Navajo Tribal Lands, you need a Backcountry Permit. You can get that at the Lake Powell Visitor Center. More information.
Visit the John Wesley Powell Museum
This museum is dedicated to the explorer who traveled down the Colorado River and mapped out the Grand Canyon. It’s a great place to learn about the history of the area and the Native American cultures that have called it home for centuries. The museum is currently under renovation. Check the official website to see if it’s open during your visit.
Admire the Glen Canyon Dam
The dam was built in the 1960s to create Lake Powell, and it’s a popular spot for tours and photo opportunities. You can learn more about the dam at the Carl Hayden Visitor Center. For the best views of the dam, drive 2 miles south to the Glen Canyon Dam Overlook. From here, you have panoramic views of the Glen Canyon Dam and the Glen Canyon Dam Bridge.
Go rafting on the Colorado River
The Colorado River runs through Page, and there are several companies, like Wilderness River Adventures, that offer rafting trips through the area. This is a great way to see the scenery and get some exercise at the same time. It’s adventure time!
Admire The Wave
The Wave, also known as Coyote Buttes North, is a sandstone formation located in the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument in northern Arizona. It’s known for its striking patterns and colors, which are created by the intersection of sandstone layers that have been eroded over millions of years.
Please note: although The Wave is an absolute must-see, it is not suitable for everyone. To get there, you need to hike a 6.4-mile (10.3 kilometers) trail. This is a round trip and very strenuous so wear the right shoes and bring enough water.
Visiting The Wave is quite challenging since you need a permit and they are extremely hard to get. You need to join an advanced online lottery about 4 months before the day of your visit. If you didn’t get a permit in the advanced lottery, you can also try the daily lottery. This one only works if you are in the area and you have to apply on a mobile device. Good luck, it’s worth it!
Go on a Monument Valley Tour
Monument Valley is another popular place in Southwest USA and for good reason: it’s one of the most scenic desert landscapes you’ll ever see. With this Monument Valley Tour, you get to explore this amazing landscape during a day trip from Page. You can also add a Monument Vally Jeep Tour to see the bright red buttes up close. This is a VIP trip with only 6 available spots, so book early since it sells out fast.
Best places to stay in Page AZ
It’s highly recommended to stay a night or two when you’re visiting Page. These are some great places to stay:
- Lake Powell Resort (3⭐) – this hotel is located in Wahweap and overlooks Lake Powell. This resort hotel has an outdoor pool.
- Shash Dine’ EcoRetreat – this is probably the most unique place to stay near Page. It is in the desert, about 13 miles (21 kilometers) south of Page and the views are incredible. You can sleep in a traditional Navajo hogan, a sheep wagon, or a bell tent. It’s eco-friendly and a good example of sustainable travel.
- Canyon Colors Bed and Breakfast – a highly rated and cozy B&B with comfortable rooms. It is in a nice central location and the owners are really friendly.
Check Booking.com for more options, availability, and prices.
Campgrounds in Page
There are several campgrounds in the area of Page. The largest campground is the Wahweap RV & Campground that I mentioned before. This campground has many facilities like wifi, laundry, and showers (coin based).
A little more to the north, you can find the Lone Rock Beach Campground. This is a more primitive campground, but it is also overlooking Lake Powell.
How much time do you need in Page?
If you only want to see the highlights like Antelope Canyon, the Horseshoe Bend, the Glen Canyon Dam, and Lake Powell, one full day in Page is enough. If you plan on doing some fun outdoor activities like rafting, boat tours, and hiking, then you need at least two to three days.
Either way, it’s highly recommended to spend at least one night in Page, since the sunset in the desert landscape is absolutely incredible.
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✈️ Plane tickets
Page has a small airport with daily flights to Phoenix. The nearest large international airports are located in Las Vegas and Phoenix. From both cities, it takes about 4.5 hours to drive to Page. Check WayAway to find the best deals on plane tickets.
🚘 Rental Car
Page is a great destination for a Southwest USA road trip. Having a rental car is the best and easiest way to get around. Check Rental Cars or Discover Cars to find the best deals on rental cars.
Tip! If you don’t have a driver’s license or don’t want to rent a car, you can still visit Page. You can book a shuttle that departs from Las Vegas, st. George, or Kanab to Page.
💊 Travel insurance
Having good travel insurance will give you peace of mind. Check Insubuy (general) or Safetywing (for nomads) to find the best travel insurance that fits your needs.
🎡 Tours and activities
Page is a perfect destination for adventure seekers. There are a lot of fun tours and activities. Check Get Your Guide to find the best guided tours and activities.
Read more about Southwest USA
Are you excited to visit Page and other incredible places in Southwest USA? These are some travel guides with useful travel tips:
Fodor’s Arizona & the Grand Canyon
Arizona Bucket List Adventure Guide: Explore 100 Offbeat Destinations You Must Visit!
I myself visited the US numerous times and went on multiple road trips in Southwest USA. This is why you can read a lot about traveling in the United States on this website. If you liked this article, you might also like to read:
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- Visiting the Grand Canyon: practical tips & the best things to do
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