8 Amazing Things to do in Page, Arizona

8 Amazing Things to do in Page, Arizona by BoozingAbroad 2

In 1957, Page, Arizona, started as a housing community for the workers who were building the Glen Canyon Dam, but they must have liked what they saw because many of them hung around after the canyon was completed!  

And it’s easy to see why when you take a look at all the beautiful nature surrounding the area and all of the awesome things to do in Page like recreating around the lakes, rivers, canyons, and more. 

Page even has some of the most photographed attractions in the US! 

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How to Get to Page, Arizona

Airport

Unfortunately, Page is pretty far from any major airport.

However, Page Municipal Airport (PGA) is located right within the city of Page. 

PGA airport offers direct flights to and from Phoenix and Las Vegas, as well as connecting flights from 20 different cities.

Car

If you’re coming into a different airport, like Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) or Flagstaff Pulliam Airport (FLG), you’ll need to rent a car to get to Page.

One car rental company you can use is Alamo. Alamo is an international car rental agency that offers a wide range of cars, trucks, SUVs, and vans at an affordable price. Just pick up the vehicle from either PHX or FLG and make your way to Page!

If you choose to fly into St. George, you can combine Zion National Park into your itinerary. 

Approximate Drive times:

  • Flagstaff, AZ – about a 2 hour drive
  • Phoenix, AZ – about a 4 hour drive
  • St. George, UT – about a 2.5 hour drive

Hotels in Page, Arizona

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Booking.com probably has the widest selection of budget (and luxury) accommodations in the world. In our experience, they consistently found the cheapest rooms. We also like their easy to use interface and no money down policy. When we book our travel stays, we personally use booking.com.

Best Western View of Lake Powell Hotel

If you’re looking for a hotel with breathtaking views and plenty of amenities, Best Western View of Lake Powell Hotel is the place for you. The hotel is conveniently located next to Antelope Marina, Antelope Canyon, and Horseshoe Bend.

A stay at this hotel includes a delicious complimentary breakfast, an outdoor pool, a hot tub, free WiFi, 24-hour reception, and 46-inch flat-screen cable TVs in each room.

Plus, the views are phenomenal! Enjoy the beautiful views of Lake Powell on the hotel’s veranda or from the comfort of your hotel room. What’s not to like?!

>>>Book your stay here

Hyatt Place Page Lake Powell Hotel

Hyatt Place Page Lake Powell Hotel is only half a mile from Page Municipal Airport and it’s conveniently located next to Lake Powell as well.

The hotel offers an outdoor swimming pool, a fitness center, a 24-hour front desk, a restaurant, and a sun terrace. Each room includes a desk and a flat-screen TV.

>>>Book your stay here

Best Western Plus At Lake Powell Hotel

Best Western Plus At Lake Powell Hotel is only 5 minutes from Lake Powell and 1.4 miles from Glen Canyon Dam.

The hotel offers several facilities and amenities such as an outdoor pool, a hot tub, free WiFi, a fitness center, and a 24-hour front desk. Each room is equipped with a flat-screen cable TV and a coffee/tea maker. Some rooms include a kitchen and seating area.

>>>Book your stay here

Things to Do in Page, Arizona

1. Antelope Canyon

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Visiting Antelope Canyon is one of the top things to do in Page. Antelope Canyon is known for its unique smooth and “flowy” look that has been created by millions of years of sandstone erosion. 

This allows for some very Insta-worthy moments during the day when light peeks into the canyon and illuminates the orange sandstone walls. The views are phenomenal, and Antelope Canyon attracts photographers from all around the world.

The only way to visit Antelope Canyon is with an authorized tour company, like Navajo-owned Antelope Canyon Tours. You just drive to their office in Page and they will provide transportation to the canyon on their four-wheel-drive tour trucks.

Once you arrive, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into another world as you’re immersed in the beauty of Antelope Canyon. Plus, tour guides will explain the history, culture, and geology of the canyon so you’ll even learn something on your vacation!

2. Horseshoe Bend

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Horseshoe Bend is one of the most popular things to do in Page.

Horseshoe Bend got its name from the “horseshoe” shaped river bend that has been created from the Colorado River over the span of millions of years. Horseshoe Bend is barrier-free (yikes!), which allows visitors to walk to the edge and get an amazing, up-close view of the crystal blue water that lies beneath.

Be careful while you’re snapping that selfie, though, as it’s a very, very, very long way down!

If you want to get great photos, it’s best to visit during the day, when the sun is illuminating the canyon and river. However, it can be quite hot during the day no matter what time of the year it is.

If you’d like to beat the heat, consider going in the evening during sunset. The colors are unforgettable!  

Horseshoe Bend is part of the National Park system and requires a round-trip hike of about 1.5 miles after parking your car.

3. Hiking

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While it might seem like watersports and hanging by the water would be the toast of the town with all of Page’s rivers, lakes, and canyons, it would be a mistake to not put hiking as one of the best things to do in Page.

Nearly everywhere you look, there is a hiking opportunity!

Hanging Garden Trail is great for families since it’s suitable for all skill levels, is only 1.2 miles long, and is rated as “easy.” Dogs are allowed too, so don’t forget to bring your furry friends!

The trail is mostly flat, but there’s a small diversion off the trail that features a sculpted rock that you can climb on to get a great view of the Hanging Garden Trail and you can get a few pictures too!

If you’re looking for a longer hike, check out the Page Rimview Trail which is a 9.8-mile loop around the city of Page and offers, you guessed it, rim views throughout.  This trail does intersect several urban roads in Page, making it easy to do smaller segments of the hike if you bit off more than you could chew and/or are running short on time.

4. Lake Powell 

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Now for the biggest sham of them all…Lake Powell isn’t actually a lake, but an artificial reservoir that attracts nearly 2 million visitors a year. When you look at everything that the “lake” has to offer, it’s easy to see why so many flock here each year.

Lake Powell is made up of 2,000 miles of beautiful blue water that runs into sandy beaches, and orange-gold canyons surround the water along the sides. When the sun is reflecting off of the water, it’s a sight like no other.

Lake Powell isn’t just great to look at either.  Whether it’s swimming, boating, hiking, or camping, there’s no shortage of activities to keep you entertained at Lake Powell, making it one of the best things to do in Page.

5. Paria Canyon

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Paria Canyon is one of the best things to do in Page if you’re looking to explore the wilderness, since it’s packed full of outstanding scenery and wildlife.

The canyon consists of long corridors that lie beneath tall, narrow rock walls. They are so narrow that you can reach out and touch both walls at the same time!

As you walk through the red, winding corridors of Paria Canyon, you might see eagles, bobcats, foxes, jackrabbits, lizards, oh my!

Be aware that once you enter Paria Canyon, you have to hike to the end. Also, be prepared to get wet, as water levels in the canyon can range from ankle-deep to waist-deep depending on the season.

Try to avoid visiting from late June through mid-September since that’s the heaviest part of the monsoon season. March through mid-June is best if you don’t want to be too cold!

6. Glen Canyon Dam

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Glen Canyon Dam was built from 1956 to 1966 and utilizes the Colorado River to produce hydroelectric power for the western United States. The dam has made it possible to meet the needs of the West during times of drought by producing 5 billion kilowatt-hours of hydroelectric power every year. 

Not only is it dam(n) efficient, it’s also great for having outdoor adventures, too. Boat tours, water raft tours, air tours, and more guided tours are all available at Glen Canyon Dam.

7. Raft the Colorado River to Horseshoe Bend

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If you’re looking for a relaxing thing to do in Page, try rafting down to Horseshoe Bend.

Wilderness River Adventures offers a 15-mile half-day rafting trip that starts off at River Headquarters, passes through Horseshoe Bend, and ends at Lees Ferry, where you’ll head back to River Headquarters.

Along the way, you’ll see stunning views like 700-foot tall sandstone walls, crystal-clear water, and plenty of wildlife like birds, sheep, and more.

Wilderness River Adventures rafting trips are 100% family-friendly, and everyone aged 4 and up is able to experience the fun!

8. Cliff Dwellers in Marble Canyon

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Cliff Dwellers all began during the Great Depression, when a couple named Blanche and Bill Russel were moving to the southwest and came across the rock formations and decided that the area would be a good place to live.

So, they built a dwelling around the rocks and, as time went on, more people decided to do the same. Blanche and Bill also built a trading post, restaurant, and gas station.

Now, these little stone houses are a popular tourist attraction. Grab your camera and come check them out for yourself!

Restaurants in Page

Ranch House Grill

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Ranch House Grill is a family-owned restaurant known for serving tasty southwestern comfort food. Breakfast and lunch are served all day, 7 days a week and the restaurant has some of the best breakfast in town!

The menu includes items like steak, burritos, omelets, soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers, desserts, and more!

They received the 2021 Travelers’ Choice Award from TripAdvisor and have been ranked worldwide in the top 10% of all restaruants. 

El Tapatio

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El Tapatio is a Mexican restaurant known for serving delicious Mexican and Tex-Mex dishes like fajitas, enchiladas, chimichangas, tostadas, and more.

The restaurant also serves jumbo margaritas (obviously, our favorite) and a wide selection of cervezas, as well as domestic beers. The restaurant features a colorful Mexican-inspired interior and an outdoor patio.

El Tapatio is one of the best things to do in Page if you’re looking to grab a bite to eat!

State Tavern 48

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State 48 Tavern (named for Arizona being the 48th state in the US, if that wasn’t obvious) is a family-friendly restaurant that is conveniently located next to many attractions such as Glen Canyon Dam, Antelope Canyon, and Lake Powell, which makes it the perfect place to stop for a bite to eat after you’ve spent the day sightseeing, hiking, and out on the water.

The menu has a wide variety of foods, so you’re sure to find something no matter what you’re craving. For breakfast, you can choose from quiche, eggs benedict, or buttermilk pancakes. For lunch or dinner, the menu offers burgers, sandwiches, pasta, steaks, and more. The restaurant also is known for its margaritas and beers.

The interior of State 48 Tavern is chic and cozy. When you walk in, you’ll notice how party lights are draped throughout the establishment and there’s wood from the floors to the ceiling. There’s art by local artists on the walls as well as a few TVs throughout the building.

BirdHouse

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BirdHouse is the ultimate comfort food restaurant, known for serving chicken and ice-cold beer – not much better! You can choose from fried chicken breasts, thighs, legs, wings, or tenders. You can also choose from 3 flavors: “Original,” “Very Spicy,” or “Honey Butter.” 

The chicken comes with 1-2 sides including fries, mashed potatoes and gravy, mac ‘n cheese, pickles, broccoli salad, and coleslaw. Finally, you can choose what sauce you’d like: Buttermilk Ranch or BirdHouses’ own “BirdHouse” sauce. Be sure to check out their wide range of beer too!

The interior is trendy and fun with an outdoor space as well if you’d like to get some more fresh air.

Nearby Attractions

North Rim of the Grand Canyon

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The North Rim of the Grand Canyon is a great place to visit for those who want to avoid the touristy areas since it’s only visited by around 10% of all Grand Canyon visitors. The elevation of the North Rim is over 8,000 feet, which makes the views even better than the South Rim.

The North Rim offers many services like a lodge, snack bar, gas station, campground, and general store but is only open from around May 15 to October 15, weather permitting.

The North Rim has over 1.2 million acres and various trails where you can go hiking. Bright Angel Point Trail begins just behind the visitor center and offers great views of Roaring Springs and Bright Angel Canyons. Bright Angel Point is short and easy so it’s a great choice for families and people of all levels.

Another great trail is Uncle Jim Trail, which is 4.7 miles long, easy, and has stunning wildflowers throughout the trail.

Be sure to check out the numerous tours available at the North Rim, including ATV and mule tours.

Hiking to The Wave

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The Wave is a rock formation located near the Utah border. The beauty of The Wave is unmatched. Bands of pink, yellow, white, and red sweep across the sandstone like waves in the ocean.

The Wave is also known for its difficult (yet beautiful) hike. A 6-mile hike is required to reach The Wave, and that’s if you can even hike it! 

You need a permit issued by the US Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to see The Wave and only 64 people are allowed in per day. The most popular months are April, May, September, and October.

During these months, it can be very difficult to get a permit since hundreds (and more likely, thousands) of people are applying for them. You might have a better chance of getting a permit in the winter months of December through February when it’s not as busy.

If you do get a permit, plan accordingly. Make sure to dress in layers if you’re going in the winter and take extra caution since snow can make the hike more difficult. If you’re going in the summer, bring a lot of water (we’re talking gallons!) since temperatures can easily exceed 100 degrees with little shade from the harsh sun. Other than that, enjoy The Wave!

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

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Photo Credit: BLM Utah Flickr

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument has a rich history that dates back millions of years. Numerous fossils and artifacts have been found throughout the monument, making it an excellent place for biologists, geologists, historians, paleontologists, and archeologists to conduct research.

The 1.9 million acres of the monument are broken up into 3 sections: Grand Staircase, Kaiparowits Plateau, and Canyons of the Escalante and each one offers a different experience.

Grand Staircase is full of colorful scenery, Kaiparowits Plateau is the most remote part of the monument known for its fossils, and Canyons of the Escalante is rocky and desolate with narrow pathways and tall walls.

There’s a wide range of things to do at Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, including ATV, hiking, fishing, and camping, making this a great place to bring your family and make some memories!

Overall – Things to do in Page, AZ

Page is an explorer’s paradise. Whether it be hiking, swimming, camping, or rafting, the things to do in Page are endless, especially when it comes to the great outdoors. Plus, you get beautiful views at the same time. 

Having not heard of Page, Arizona, before our visit, we were very pleasantly surprised with all of the things to do in Page – for such a small and rather remote city, there is such a variety of canyons, lakes, rivers, and trails that hold so much natural beauty.

Page also has plenty of modern amenities and facilities like hotels and restaurants for when you’re tired and need a break from exploring the wilderness. Book your trip to Page and experience the best of both worlds for yourself! 

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