With its turquoise waters and lively boating scene, Page, Ariz., is your oasis in the desert.
Just a couple of hours from the Grand Canyon’s North Rim and South Rim, Page is a great place to trade your car for a kayak, stand-up paddleboard, speedboat or even a houseboat. Or just grab your beach towel and relax in the white sandy beach at Lone Rock Point. But don’t get so mesmerized by Lake Powell’s turquoise waters that you miss these three area attractions.
While Antelope Canyon gets much press for its stunning beauty, there’s another slot canyon nine miles from Page that has all of the beauty and none of the crowds you’ll find at Antelope.
It’s called Secret Canyon, also known as Horseshoe Bend Slot Canyon. See it with Horseshoe Bend Slot Canyon Tours, the canyon’s only authorized tour operator, and you’ll find yourself in small groups of 8-10, capping off at 15.
“Not only do you get a beautiful canyon experience, but you have the ability to enjoy and photograph the canyon as it should be experienced,” says Tim Bryan, manager and minority owner of the company. “There are no crowds, no rush. We give people a full hour to enjoy the solitude and the beauty.”
Bryan teamed up with Navajo childhood friends to form the majority Navajo, female-owned company that launched in 2017. Learn more at horseshoebendtours.com.
You can’t visit Page without going to one of the most photographed sites in the Southwest: Horseshoe Bend. Walk in a mixed sand/sandstone trail just under a mile one way to see where the mighty Colorado River makes a huge turn in the river. Watch your children carefully as cliffs drop 1,000 feet. It’s five miles south on Hwy. 89 from the Carl Hayden Visitor Center at the Glen Canyon Dam.
Into the Grand
To get a taste of the area’s storied rafting history and Navajo culture, head to Into the Grand for dinner. View the rafting exhibit, eat traditional Navajo food with a Southwest twist, enjoy live music and watch Navajo dancers perform hoop and other traditional dances; 148 6th Ave., intothegrand.com.
For more information:
Page Lake Powell Visitor Center
6 North Lake Powell Blvd., Page, AZ