If you’ve never been to Northern Arizona, now is the time to plan a trip! I grew up in Arizona and never went to Page. Had I known it was this great, I would have driven myself to this incredible little town a long time ago. We want to share some things to do in Page, Arizona if you’re planning a trip there.
Recently, we ventured on a southwestern road trip and stopped in the small town of Page. This little town is not to be underestimated. Though Page is small, it’s filled with adventurous things to do.
For starters, Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend are in this awesome town and only within 10 minutes of each other! Because we loved this place so much, once we are settled back in Arizona, we think we’ll be going back often with a kayak, jet ski, or hey, maybe even a boat.
Things to do in Page, Arizona
Enjoy a Sunset at Horseshoe Bend
This place leaves you breathless! This was perhaps our favorite activity in Page because the view is amazing. When visiting Horseshoe Bend, you hike for about 10-20 minutes to the rim. At the rim, you will be standing near a 1,000 feet drop looking down at the beautiful glow of the Colorado River down below. No place like it!
Walk through Antelope Canyon
Antelope Canyon is composed of the Upper and Lower slots yet both are equally beautiful. Upper Antelope Canyon is less rigorous and densely populated. It has cool light beams and pouring sand. Lower Antelope Canyon has deeper red hues and feels more adventurous because you’ll be climbing and descending stairs. It is cheaper and less crowded. As a result, this makes the visit much more enjoyable. Antelope Canyon is a must when visiting Page.
Kayak Lake Powell at Antelope Canyon
Kayaking through Antelope Canyon is at the top of my favorite experiences thus far. The canyon walls are raised high and narrower further into the canyon. The incredible views and having this place almost to ourselves made the soreness in my arms from kayaking bearable. At the marina, you have many water adventure options. Some people prefer boating, some jet skis, others big boat tours, and some just lay out or swim in the water. The scenery is beyond worth it!
Admire the view at Glen Canyon Dam
Glen Canyon Dam can be seen from the Bridge on Highway 89 that leads towards Utah. You’ll probably be passing it by car if you’re driving north. Take a few minutes to stop, get off your car, and check out the beauty of the canyon. Glen Canyon Dam even has guided tours of the facility if you want to learn more. It’s a great place to admire the work of the engineers and architects that designed the Dam.
Hike Waterholes Canyon
Waterholes Canyon is just a couple of miles south of Horseshoe Bend on Highway 89. This slot canyon is less populated, if it’s even considered populated. It requires a hiking permit from the Tribal Parks Office because it lies on Navajo land. We discovered this gem because we saw 4 cars parked on the side of the highway and people getting off to hike.
It’s similar to Antelope Canyon but without the tours guides, although that’s an option. If you like to explore places on your own, this is the place. We only walked the top because we didn’t have a permit and had limited time available. We’ll be hiking it below next time!
Camp in the Desert, in the middle of nowhere
Page, Arizona is extremely popular, an expensive little town, and hotels fill up quickly. We planned a last-minute trip on Memorial Weekend. Big mistake! Hotels and better known campgrounds with showers were sold out. The few rooms left in town were $400, in motels. We were not going to pay that price.
So, we took ourselves to Wal-Mart, bought a tent and airbed, and hoped to find a spot upon arrival. Luckily for us, we found a dirt road along Highway 89, near the Glen Canyon Dam Bridge. No facilities, no reservations, and a few dispersed campsites. It was nice to wake up to the sunrise and very few people around us. We were basically on our own in the middle of nowhere in the desert. However, one night was enough because this couple likes to shower. 🙂
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Cross into Utah to see Lone Rock Beach
Just 12 miles north of Page, Lone Rock Beach sits in Utah and looks like a beach! Lone Rock Beach is a campground but visitors often make a stop. It is part of the National Parks therefore if you have a National Parks Pass, no fees are required. Entrance per car is $20 and camping is $14.
At Lone Rock Beach, people park their RVs, set up their tents, take in the view of the lonely rock, and enjoy water activities. People come here to swim, jet ski, kayak, to boat, or to lounge on a float. One cool thing, is it has off-road trails for ATVs and off-roading vehicles. We camped one night here, and there were plenty of bathrooms throughout the site. Though it didn’t have official showers, it had cold rinse-off showers outside the bathrooms for those who are camping and need to clean themselves!
There you have it! Some of the best things to do in Page, Arizona. Have you been to this cool little town? What activities did you like best? Which ones would you like to visit if you haven’t been here?
In conclusion, we hope to come back in the future to bring our ATVs and perhaps a Jet Ski. This is definitely a place for people with boats and other water toys and off-road toys. But it’s also a place for people who like adventures and great views.