Travel Guide: Page, AZ

Page is a city in Coconino County, Arizona, near Glen Canyon Dam and Lake Powell. Unlike other cities in the area, Page was founded relatively late, in 1957 as a housing community for workers and their families during the construction of nearby Glen Canyon Dam on the Colorado River. 

After the dam was completed in the 1960s, the city grew steadily to today’s population and because of the new roads and bridge built for use during construction, it has become the gateway to the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and Lake Powell, attracting more than 3 million visitors per year. This small town packs quite a punch, with its beautiful landscapes and rich Navajo culture.

PREPARE YOURSELF

SLEEP

Hotels are plentiful in this charming town, you can find budget hotel rooms ranging from $60-90 per night, while some of the bigger hotel chains offering rooms from $100-200 per night depending on the season, location and popularity. The city of Page is relatively small with all of the major attractions like upper/lower antelope canyon, horseshoe bend, Glen Canyon Dam and Lake Powell being no more then a 20 minute drive away, besides the Grand Canyon, which is about a 3 hour drive from the city. Hotels are a bit expensive in Page; however, the majority do offer a free breakfast which helps in the savings department.

EAT

The city of Page is no culinary gem; however, the natural beauty does more then make up for it! Here you’ll find a decent variety of fast food and sit down restaurants. Your typical fast food restaurant will cost you anywhere from $4-8 with a drink and a sit down restaurant can cost $12-16 with a nice cold beer. Make sure to check out Big Johns Texas BBQ! You can get delicious pulled pork, beef brisket, potato salad and smoked sausage for about $20. Did I mention a nice cold beer?

GETTING AROUND

When getting around in Page chances are you’ll have your own vehicle, whether you’re on a road trip through the U.S. or flying into the city and renting one. The popular tourists attractions are only a short drive from town, many of which you can drive to and pay a parking/entrance fee for or book with a local tour company where that is conveniently taken care of for you. If you plan to visit the Grand Canyon, the South and North Rim are only a 2 1/2hour drive from Page.

THINGS TO DO IN PAGE

Horseshoe Bend | A horseshoe shaped meander of the Colorado River located right off of HWY 89 and accessible via hiking a short 1 1/2 mile roundtrip. It offers picturesque views and has become a popular area to photograph, so don’t forget your camera!

Lake Powell | A reservoir on the Colorado River, straddling the border between Utah and Arizona. The second largest man made reservoir attracting around 2million visitors per year. Lake Powell is a great place to rent a houseboat, waterski or just have some fun in the sun.

Antelope Canyon | A slot canyon located on Navajo land east of Page. Antelope Canyon includes two separate, photogenic slot canyon sections, referred to individually as Upper Antelope Canyon or The Crack; and Antelope Canyon or The Corkscrew. These canyons where formed by erosion of Navajo Sandstone primarily due to flash flooding.