There are so many things to see & do located within minutes of Page that you may be tempted to stay an extra day or more. The Lake Powell Museum is a great place to start because it is an Official Arizona State Visitor Center with brochures and a staff ready to give advice and answer questions. The Glen Canyon Recreation Area is over one million acres in size encompassing Lake Powell and the surrounding majestic red terrain of slick rock and towering buttes. The Navajo Nation touches Lake Powell and the amazing slot canyons are on tribal land. Enjoy the services available at the museums, interpretive centers, or head out on your own for serious adventure.
Horseshoe Bend Open or Close
Horseshoe Bend is such named for its' horseshoe-shaped meander of the Colorado River. It is located five miles (8.5 km) downstream from the Glen Canyon Dam and Lake Powell within Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, about four miles (6 km) southwest of Page. The overlook is three-quarters of a mile hike from US Route 89. The Bend is 4,200 feet above sea level and the River is at 3,200 feet above sea level, creating both a breathtaking and not-to-be-taken-lightly 1,000 foot drop.
Please park in the parking lot, not along the road, and don't forget a water bottle. Public restrooms available.
John Wesley Powell Museum and Official Visitor Center Open or Close
The Powell Museum is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization started in 1969 by a group of local volunteers to commemorate the life and accomplishments of Major John Wesley Powell. The building was originally built by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation as a concrete testing lab for the construction of Glen Canyon Dam. Today, it houses interpretive exhibits, historic collections and archives, the Official Visitor Information Center, and a shop with books, maps, local art, and items relating to the Colorado Plateau.
Blairs Trading Post Open or Close
The Elijah and Claudia Blair Family Collection, located at Blairs Trading Post, offers museum quality items for public viewing. Authentic Navajo jewelry, rugs, baskets and pottery - all hand made - are only a few of the items you'll see on display. Featuring the works of Claudine Moore, Chris Eaton, Gary Ladd and other local and internationally known artists.
Lone Rock Beach Open or Close
On Lake Powell. For swimming, camping, and boating. There is limited hard-surfaced road, with the majority of access on sandy roads or beach.
Upper Antelope Canyon Open or Close
Upper Antelope Canyon is called Tsé bighánílíní, "the place where water runs through rocks" by the Navajo. It is the most frequently visited by tourists, due to two considerations. First, its entrance and entire length are at ground level, requiring no climbing. Second, beams (shafts of direct sunlight radiating down from openings in the top of the canyon) are much more common in Upper than in Lower. Beams occur most often in the summer months, as they require the sun to be high in the sky. Winter colors are a little more muted like the photo displayed here. Summer months provide two types of lighting. Light beams start to peek into the canyon March 15 and disappear October 7 each year.
Rainbow Bridge National Monument Open or Close
Rainbow Bridge National Monument is the world's largest known natural bridge. The span has undoubtedly inspired people throughout time - from the neighboring American Indian tribes who consider Rainbow Bridge sacred, to the 300,000 people from around the world who visit it each year. Please visit Rainbow Bridge in a spirit that honors and respects the cultures to whom it is sacred.
Glen Canyon Dam Overlook Open or Close
The Glen Canyon Dam Overlook (sometimes called "The White House") is a simple down-and-back to a viewpoint on the rim of Glen Canyon. It generally takes around 20 minutes to hike down, look at the river, and hike back.
Navajo Village Open or Close
The Navajo Village started when three families noticed a need to preserve the Navajo Culture, and created a traditional Navajo home site. The Village presents culture to guests in a way that incorporates traditional teachings, as well as modern representations of Native American culture as a whole. Guests can expect to see and learn about traditional silversmithing and rug making techniques, how to identify genuine Navajo jewelery and rugs, as well as traditional structures. The Village is 100% owned by Navajo People.
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area Open or Close
Encompassing over 1.2 million acres, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area (NRA) offers unparalleled opportunities for water-based and backcountry recreation. The recreation area stretches for hundreds of miles from Lees Ferry, Arizona to the Orange Cliffs of southern Utah, encompassing scenic vistas, geologic wonders, and a vast panorama of human history.
Bullfrog Visitor Center Open or Close
Exhibits relating to geology and the human and natural history of Glen Canyon. Ancestral Puebloan ("anasazi") and pioneer artifacts. A life-size model of a slot canyon. Bookstore, restrooms, and medical clinic (May through early October only).
Carl Hayden Visitor Center at Glen Canyon Dam Open or Close
Tours of the dam, exhibits, video shows, a relief map of the entire Glen Canyon area. Restrooms and a bookstore. Potential Junior Rangers are invited to come earn a badge. Tours of the dam are , and as a federal power plant facility, security measures are in place. While no bags, purses, knives, weapons, or food are allowed on the tour, wallets, cameras, and clear water bottles are welcome.
Navajo Bridge, Interpretive Center, & Trading Post Open or Close
Those traveling across the country on Highway 89A between Bitter Springs and Jacob Lake, AZ arrive at two bridges similar in appearance spanning the Colorado River. These two bridges, one historic and one new, represent one of only seven land crossings of the Colorado River for 750 miles (1207 km). The old Navajo bridge served the area well for 66 years. However, as automobiles and trucks became larger, wider, and heavier, the need for a stronger, wider bridge became evident, and it was built alongside the old one.
After completion of the new bridge, the old rest area on the west side of the bridge was remodeled and expanded to include an interpretive center and trading post.