Have you ever heard about Page in Arizona? No wonder, you probably haven’t. There’s nothing special to see in Page itself, but there are some very special places near this small town.
The tremendous curve of Colorado: Horseshoe Bend
We discovered Page when I was searching for that horseshoe-shaped meander of the Colorado River which I’ve seen in tons of beautiful pictures when I’ve been doing my research about Grand Canyon hikes.
Yes, it’s called Horseshoe Bend and it’s located just north of Grand Canyon, around 5-10 minutes drive from Page. There’s a well-marked parking lot and Horseshoe Bend is only 20-25 minutes walk on a sandy hill from there. Very little effort required to get the most special view of Colorado!
Antelope Canyon inspires you to be a photographer
If you think you’re done with the most photographed areas of Arizona by visiting Horseshoe Bend and the Grand Canyon, you are wrong. Guess which is the most expensive photo ever taken? The one which Peter Lik sold for 6.5 million USD. And the scene? Antelope Canyon.
This short slot canyon is located on Navajo land east of Page and it can only be visited as part of a guided tour. Different companies offer tours to Antelope Canyon, these tours usually start from Page.
Upper and Lower Antelope Tours
We visited Upper Antelope Canyon which is most famous for the light beams. I can’t tell much about Lower Antelope, because we haven’t been there, but Upper was like a miracle! The best time to see the light beams in Upper Antelope is from 11 am to 2 pm from March through about mid-October when the sun is high in the sky.
Nice views at Glen Canyon Dam and Lake Powell
Glen Canyon Dam is also only 10 minutes drive from Page and it’s worth a visit if you are there. The dam itself is quite impressive and we also enjoyed walking down to Lake Powell reservoir from a nearby parking lot. We’ve seen the most beautiful Arizona sunset at Antelope Point Marina which is also a great place to enjoy Lake Powell views.
A moist, green spot in the desert
Want to experience the contrasts in the desert? We found a short hike starting from a parking lot east of Glen Canyon Bridge that led us to the Hanging Gardens. It’s a bunch of spring-fed plants clinging to the vertical wall of a cliff in the middle of the desert. Here you will experience that contrast – in the colors and in temperature, too.
Page turned out to be a pleasant surprise
When we planned our Arizona-Utah road trip, we just wanted to stop somewhere on the way from Grand Canyon to Zion. Possibly at some place where there’s something to see. Well, Page turned out to be not just a stop on the way, but one of the highlights of this amazing road trip.
Most of the things worth seeing near Page are in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area (except Antelope Canyon which is part of Navajo Tribal Parks). That means one of your best resources for more details is the National Park Service homepage. Detailed maps of the area are available at Glen Canyon Visitor Center.
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