Surprisingly many Arizona natives have yet to explore the small town of Page, Arizona – I too was guilty of it! That is until I took the weekend to take part in exactly why this tiny desert town was put on the map.
Here are five reasons to visit Page, Arizona.
– 1. Horseshoe Bend –
The name “Horseshoe Bend” speaks for itself – it is a horseshoe-shaped crevice overlooking the forever flowing Colorado River.
The hike to Horseshoe Bend is a short 1.5-mile round trip and is equipped with rest areas, a shaded cabana and restrooms. All you need to bring are a good pair of sturdy shoes and a bottle of water.
If you are traveling from the Phoenix area, Horseshoe Bend would be your first stop when entering Page, Arizona – located 5 miles downstream from the Glen Canyon Dam, Lake Powell and about 4 miles southwest of Page.
Click here to get directions to Horseshoe Bend.
Click here for all of your hiking essentials!
– 2. Best Hidden BBQ in Arizona –
Big John’s Texas BBQ is one of Page, Arizona’s hidden treasures – and what was formally a passers-by rustic gas station is now one of Arizona’s top BBQ spots.
Have your choice on a variety of slow-smoked, well-seasoned meats including BBQ beef brisket, pulled pork, baby back ribs, BBQ Nacho’s, hot links – you name it! This BBQ joint is known for serving tender, fall-off-the-bone mouthwatering meats and each entree pairs perfectly with any of their home-made sides. Featuring cowboy beans, fresh potato salad, and creamy cole slaw; Which side will you choose to create your ultimate backyard BBQ plate?
– 3. Antelope Canyon –
Antelope Canyon is the most visited slot canyon in the American Southwest. You must book a tour to visit these canyon walls, and many of the tours can sell out in weeks if not months – meaning reservations are highly recommended.
For Lower Antelope Canyon tours I went through Dixie Ellis Canyon Tours. Here, walk-ins are welcome just in case you forgot to book ahead of time!
BEST TIMES TO GO: If you’re wanting to avoid the crowds I suggest visiting Antelope Canyon during off season; winter. The sun plays a huge part in the visual effects of color you’ll be gazing at while wondering through the canyon – this being said, 10 AM and closer to dawn are going to give off the best visuals of the slot canyon.
– 4. Camping at Lake Powell –
Why rush to leave? Grab a campsite at Wahweap Campground to enjoy the pink and purple hues of the beautiful Page, Arizona sunset glistening over the waters of Lake Powell.
All sites in this campground include restrooms, picnic tables, fire rings and/or grills.
TIP: Wahweap Campgrounds are one of the only campsites in Lake Powell to allow campfires. Book in advance!
– 5. Glen Canyon Dam –
Glen Canyon Dam is a 710-foot high concrete arch-gravity dam on the Colorado River.
A Glen Canyon Dam viewpoint is hidden near the small town of Page – a short hike down a set of rock-carved stairs will lead you to the rim of the river and dam.
Click here for detailed directions.
These are just a few phenomenal spots Page has to offer. I will be visiting Page again soon – meaning more activities, food and sights to come!
xoxo ♥ AB