Page, Arizona is a small town located near Glen Canyon Dam and Lake Powell. It’s near the Utah border and is a 2 hour drive north of Flagstaff. This small town of less than 10 000 population has a lot to offer in terms of activities and nature. It’s the perfect spot to include on a road trip across the Southern US, a perfect destination to spend 24 to 48hrs.
1) Tour Antelope Canyon – This slot canyon is located just a few miles east of Page. It’s located on Navajo land and is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been to in my entire life. To visit Antelope Canyon, you absolutely must take a Navajo guided tour that will cost you $40 per person. You can also opt to do a photography-specific tour, that is a little pricier but that operates at the best moments during the day to photograph the canyon. Don’t be surprised if you’re surrounded by a ton of people during your visit. The only downside of this place is its popularity. My trick to get photos without anyone in it, either go ahead or behind the group. It’ll be your best shot to snap pics along the way. The guides are funny and point out all the best spots and particularities in the canyon.
2) Hike to Horseshoe Bend – If you’re dreaming of visiting another spot like the Grand Canyon, Horseshoe Bend is the dream location! Located just a 10 minute drive from downtown Page, this horseshoe shaped meander of the Colorado River is breathtaking. It’s a short hike 2km hike from the parking lot along the highway to get to and from Horseshoe Bend. The shape and the structure of these rock walls are what make it so stunning. A friendly note, make sure you don’t go to close to the edge of the cliff, there is absolutely nothing protecting you from the 1000 foot drop. It made my knees shake when I got close to the edge. The greatest part of it all, the access to Horseshoe Bend is free but don’t forget to bring some water with you for the hike!
3) Swim in Lake Powell – While in Page, you may want to spend time cooling off on Lake Powell, a reservoir located on the Colorado River. The National Park borders both Arizona and Utah and is a top destination for camping, fishing and boathouses. I spent a few hours relaxing on their beach that is accessible via the campground. It costs $20 per car to access the Glen Canyon National Park however, the pass is valid for up to 7 days. The views around the park are truly spectacular!
4) Eat at Big John’s Texas Barbeque – If you’re looking for an authentic southern experience, you must make time for a meal at Big John’s. If you’re a fan of BBQ, meat, southern food, music and good atmosphere, this is the spot. All of their meats are smoked and roasted on a big outdoor rotisserie. The restaurant is located on the lot of an old gas station, making the setting even more unique. If you’re lucky, you’ll even be treated to a live band who will play classic rock and country jams.
5) Drive through Navajo Nation – Page is surrounded by Navajo land. It was founded in 1957 in an exchange with Navajo Nation during the construction of the Glen Canyon Dam. The rest of the area that surrounds Page all belongs to the Navajo people. The land surrounding the city is absolutely beautiful and so precious. If you have the time, I highly recommend exploring the nearby villages to and from Page.