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 is your guide to a weekend in Page, Arizona!
– Where to Stay –
The Best Airbnb near Lake Powell
One of my favorite Airbnb’s in Page is the Lake Powell View House. This spacious two bedroom, two story house is set in the perfect location – being close to both Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon yet far enough away from the tourists to truly enjoy your vacation. The best feature about this house is the view of Lake Powell! The back patio overlooks the sparkling blue waters of Lake Powell along with the beautiful canyons surrounding. Breakfast on the back patio was one of my highlights to this house.
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Camping near Lake Powell
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!
– Sight Seeing –
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!
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.
Glenn 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, though if you’re looking for an adventure not too far from Page, I highly recommend Monument Valley! Click here for your guide to a Day Trip in Monument Valley.
– Where to Eat –
Ranch House Grill
Ranch House Grille is “Where the locals go!”. This family-owned restaurant is serving up Southwestern-style comfort food at its finest! I recommend the Southwestern Country Fried Steak served up with homemade pork chili verde and eggs – you know this dish is well worth it when Phoenix Magazine names it one of the Top 50 dishes in Phoenix!
Dam Bar & Grill
Page, Arizona’s newest hot spot is Dam Bar & Grill – serving up the “Coldest Beer in Town” along with delicious cuts of steak, creamy pastas, bar food and more. The atmosphere here is one of the best you will find in Page while featuring a 30-foot etched glass wall and a scaled down version of Glen Canyon Dam.
Big John’s Texas BBQ
Big John’s Texas BBQ is one of Page, Arizona’s delicious treasures – what was formally a passers-by rustic gas station is now one of Arizona’s top BBQ spots.
This BBQ joint is known for serving tender, fall-off-the-bone mouthwatering meats and each entree pairs perfectly with any of their homemade sides; cowboy beans, fresh potato salad, and creamy cole slaw. Which side will you choose to create your ultimate backyard BBQ plate?
This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what you can discover in Page, Arizona! What would you add to the list? Let me know @southwestsampler , and be sure to follow along with me to discover more of what you can see in the southwest and more!
xoxo ♥ AB