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Horseshoe Bend near Page, Arizona

Page is Gonna Get You: 7 Amazing Sights in the Land of Canyons

Perched on the high desert plateau on the Arizona side of the Colorado River, Page is a canyon lover’s paradise. From famous slots like Antelope and Canyon X to stunning vistas like Horseshoe Bend and Reflection Canyon, families can’t go wrong with seemingly endless water and rocks to climb.

1. Swoon at Horseshoe Bend

Managed by the City of Page, parking in the spacious paved lot runs $10 per carload. Greatly improved to accommodate hikers of all physical abilities, the 1/4-mile path provides sweeping views of Page. Then, like a perfect Instagram reel, the 270-degree bend in the Colorado River reveals itself with more awe than rocks should be allowed. While the flattest section has a railing, our kids loved clamoring like mountain goats to the highest point.

Horseshoe Bend
Horseshoe Bend near Page, Arizona

2. Marvel at Page’s slot canyons

At $100 per person, tours into the World’s Most Photographed Slot Canyon are pricey, but totally entrancing. Narrow and dramatic, Upper Antelope Canyon provides stunning photo opportunities, especially at midday. Wider and leading to Lake Powell, Lower Antelope Canyon is still beautiful with more elevation change and water contact. Less visited but equally stunning, Canyon X, Waterholes & Cardiac Canyon near Page all require Navajo Land guides and passes. Buckskin Gulch in the Paria Wilderness requires a $6 self-pay pass at the Wirepass trailhead parking lot.

antelope canyon
Midday is the best time for dramatic pictures inside slots like Upper Antelope Canyon.

3. Take a dip in Lake Powell

With water levels plummeting over the last decade, Lake Powell’s reputation as an aquatic playground has taken quite a hit. However, the Antelope Point, Wahweep and Bullfrog Marinas are still packed with houseboats, powerboats, jet skis and kayaks for rental. The shorelines have receded, but the Wahweep and Lone Rock Beach Campgrounds still provide beautiful views and close access to beachfront fun.

kid on boat
Kids + water = happy:)

4. Explore the expansive Glenn Canyon NRA

Extending almost 200 miles from the Hite Crossing in Utah to Lee’s Ferry at the beginning of the Grand Canyon in Arizona, Glenn Canyon contains 96 known named canyons! About 13% is covered in water, but the remainder is mostly canyonland and fairly remote. Infrastructure lovers will enjoy visiting the Carl Hayden Dam, creator of Lake Powell. Boat lovers, hikers and 4×4 peeps can all find a perfect day trip to remote canyons and scenic views. Reflection, Escalante and Forgotten Canyons all special gems for those brave enough to explore them.

Carl Hayden Dam
Tucked between the walls of Glen Canyon, the Carl Hayden Dam creates Lake Powell.

5. Raft to the Grand Canyon

Below the Carl Hayden Dam, the Glenn Canyon returns to its original shape as home to the surprisingly small Colorado River. Beginning at the dam, half day floats carry passengers through Horseshoe Bend to Lee’s Ferry (aka the beginning of the Grand Canyon). Running $108 for adults and $95 for kids as young as 4, this is the shortest trip available to experience the majesty of a Wonder of the World.

glen canyon
After rolling through the Carl Hayden Dam, the Colorado River provides a serene float to the Grand Canyon.

6. Venture to Rainbow Bridge National Monument

One might think that the World’s Largest Natural Bridge would be located in Arches National Park, but it’s actually deep in the wilderness of Glenn Canyon! About 50 miles north of Page, the stunning sandstone arch can only be accessed by a 6-hour boat tour or 14-mile hike from Navajo Station. Tours are available from Wahweep Marina when water levels are favorable.

rainbow bridge
While lower water levels mean reflective pics aren’t possible right now, this beauty is still worth a visit! (photo credit KNAU)

7. Play peek-a-boo at Toadstool Hoodoos

On the way to Kanab (yet another treasure trove of outdoor adventures), the Toadstool Hoodoos provide a perfect hour pit stop. From the unassuming dirt parking pullout, the well-groomed trail wanders 3/4-mile through colorful sandstone hills into a stunning “park”. Carved by erosion, these unusual formations are reminiscent of a Star Wars set and just beg for some climbing and silly pics.

toadstool hoodoos
Kids loved clamoring around the dozens of formations at the Toadstool Park.

What did we miss?

What are your favorite adventures in the Page area? Tell us in the comments below!


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