Top 15 Things to do in Page, AZ
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by Kristin Young | Updated On: September 18, 2020
Although it’s a small town, there are enough things to do in Page, Arizona to keep your family busy for days. You’ve probably seen a few incredible photos of some of the most awe-inspiring Page attractions, like Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend, but we discovered some great off-the-beaten path things to do in Page as well.
If time is limited(and isn’t it always??), focus on doing either Lake Powell activities or land based things to do around Page, AZ like hiking and canyon exploring. Both can fill entire itineraries on their own, but these are our top 15 Page, AZ things to do.
THINGS TO DO IN PAGE, AZ
Located just a 5 mile drive South of Page off the main road, it’s hard to miss the parking lot- because IT IS POPULAR!
Parking: $10/ vehicle
The Hike to Horseshoe Bend Overlook
Distance: 1.3 mi
Difficulty: Easy Dirt Path, with an incredibly dangerous drop-off at the overlook.
Hang on to your kids, and don’t risk your life just for Instagram.
Horseshoe Bend is SO popular that I figured it would be ruined by overtourism. But, I was WRONG! Yes, there are TONS of people there, but wow, the incredible view just takes your breath away. Even with all of the people, it was still one of my favorite places on the trip.
ANTELOPE CANYON & OTHER SLOT CANYONS
When it comes to what to see in Page, AZ, Antelope Canyon is often at the top of the Bucketlist. But, when talking about Antelope Canyon, it’s actually 2 separate canyons at different locations along the same wash.
Upper Antelope Canyon is the more famous of the two, and where you *maybe* could get lucky enough to snag one of those iconic light beam photos. However, lower Antelope Canyon has tighter passageways to climb through.
There are tons of Page tour operators both in town and at the canyons themselves where you can try to get a spot. However, if you have your heart set on seeing a specific canyon, I would recommend booking well in advance. When trying to decide between upper or lower Antelope Canyon, check out this fantastic comparison from one of my favorite bloggers, Kristin at Be My Travel Muse.
OTHER SLOT CANYONS
Also known as Antelope Canyon X because of it’s location in the same wash as the more famous Antelope Canyons, this is one of the few slot canyons besides the other Antelopes that allows children.
-Children are allowed, as long as you bring a car seat for the 4×4 drive
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SECRET CANYON PAGE
Secret Canyon is located near Horseshoe Bend, and is also sometimes called Horseshoe Bend Slot Canyon.
-Children under 6 not permitted
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WATERHOLES CANYON PAGE
Waterholes Canyon has several sections that all offer a slightly different experience.
-Children under 7 not allowed
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This is one of the few that you can actually get to WITHOUT a guide. However, it will require a boat AND either a kayak, paddleboard, or the willingness to swim. Check out this great post about how to get to Labyrinth Canyon.
HIKING IN PAGE, AZ
HANGING GARDENS, AZ
With a trailhead just between downtown Page and Glen Canyon Dam, this short 1 mile round trip hike is an easy one for families. The dirt path will lead back to sandstone cliffs that “weep” water allowing vegetation to grow along the side of the cliffs. It’s a popular spot with a well marked trailhead.
PAGE RIM TRAIL
This 10 mile loop wraps around the edge of the town of Page, and has great views of Lake Powell and Glen Canyon Dam. Since the trail loops around town, you can jump on and off at several locations, and only hike a portion of the trail. I recommend the section that runs along the lake.
WAHWEAP OVERLOOK SCENIC VIEW
Just off the main highway west of Page, the Wahweap Overlook is worth a quick stop to get a beautiful bird’s eye view of the lake. No actual hiking is really required, as there is a large parking lot adjoining the overlook area.
THE NEW WAVE
I fell in LOVE LOVE LOVE with the New Wave. Now, don’t expect something comparable to the real Wave, but this hike my favorite in the area. First of all, it’s not a marked hike, so you will need your GPS and to do some off trail hiking to find it. We went twice, and never saw another person on either trip. It was so peaceful to sit alone, relax, and admire the beautifully swirled red and orange stone.
GLEN CANYON DAM & CARL HAYDEN VISITOR CENTER
Glen Canyon Dam is just behind the Hoover Dam in size, and is impressive to see. A quick stop at the Glen Canyon Dam Visitor Center is a must on a trip to Page. Whether you plan to take one of the Glen Canyon Dam Tours or just walk across Glen Canyon Bridge for a picture, the visitor center is the place to start.
If you’re interested in river rafting, Full and Half Day Glen Canyon float trips can also be arranged HERE.
THINGS TO DO IN LAKE POWELL
Lake Powell is a perfect place for families, with plenty of options for outdoor activities like hiking, biking, and boating. Renting a houseboat or two is always a great idea for multi-generational travel or even traveling with a few other families. Everyone can have their own space, but be connected at the same time. If you’re trying to plan the perfect large family get together, check out this list of great locations for family reunions in Utah from Planning Away.
PAGE AZ BOAT TOURS
There are so many options for boat tours on Lake Powell that you can do anything from a short hour long tour of Antelope Canyon(the same wash, but not the same views as the hike), to a scenic dinner cruise.
RAINBOW BRIDGE LAKE POWELL
Getting to Rainbow Bridge is quite a trip from Page, and can only be reached by boat. This is one of those Lake Powell activities that many people just can’t miss. However, if going on a tour from one of the marinas on Lake Powell, plan for at least an 8 hour trip from Wahweap Marina, or 5 hours from Antelope Point Marina.
You could also look into Lake Powell boat rentals, and make your own schedule. This was our original plan, but high winds kept us from renting a boat.
LONE ROCK BEACH
Located just past Wahweap Marina, Lone Rock Beach is one of the few ways to enjoy Lake Powell in Page without a boat. Not only is it a great beach to swim or kayak around, but it’s also a campground.
Remember, it is part of the Glen Canyon Recreation Area, and will therefore require a $30 fee to access. However, this is another location included with the national parks’ America the Beautiful Annual Pass. So, just get one!
RENT A BOAT IN LAKE POWELL
They have everything from houseboats to jetskis, and are located near the Glen Canyon Dam.
This is the closest marina to rainbow bridge, and is a good jumping off point for exploring the east side of Lake Powell from Page, AZ.
Not sure you want to captain your own boat? Both Marinas offer charter service, and there are a few independent boat charter companies in the area like Skoony’s Lake Powell Adventure that will get you out on the water.
KAYAK LAKE POWELL
If you’re not quite sure renting a boat is your speed, look into kayaking Lake Powell. There are so many interesting little places requiring a small boat to access that a kayak is perfect for a day of exploring. Some of the places even offer canoe rentals, which are perfect for families with young children. These are a few of the companies the offer kayak rentals in Page.
PAGE, AZ LODGING
PAGE AZ HOTELS
Located just off the rim trail at the edge of town, the Hyatt Place has a beautiful terrace and pool overlooking Glen Canyon Bridge. We checked out the pool, and in such a hot dry location, this is a huge selling point.
Another great hotel option is the Courtyard by Marriott, just off the main road leading to Glen Canyon Dam. They also have a pool, gym, and even a golf course.
VACATION RENTALS IN PAGE, AZ
This is where we stayed, and we LOVED it. Technically not in Page, Greenehaven is a small subdivision located about a 5 minute drive to the west of Page. As long as you don’t mind being further away from food options, this is the ideal location. With fantastic views of the lake and easy access to Lone Rock Beach, Greenehaven is the perfect spot in the middle of tons of fun outdoor activities along the road to Kanab, Utah.
LAKE POWELL CAMPING
Pull the camper right up to the water’s edge and camp on the beach. We spent some time playing at the beach, and it made me wish that we had a camper. But, be careful! It’s easy to get stuck in some of the softer sections of sand. We saw a couple of vehicles struggling to get out.
If you prefer a full service campground, check out Wahweap Campground near the marina.
WHAT’S WITH THE TIME IN PAGE, AZ?
Odd question right? Well, not if you’ve spent much time in Page. We spent our first 2 days constantly comparing our phone clocks to the car clock and to each other(sometimes our identical phones using the same cell service would show different times).
So, here’s the deal with the time- and it’s a bit confusing. If visiting during daylight savings time, you may start to question your sanity. Arizona in on Mountain time, and does not observe daylight savings time. Since Page is right next to the border with Utah(which does observe daylight savings time) sometimes the helpful, automatically changing clocks we have in our devices will switch back and forth leaving you unsure of what time it really is. My suggestion, set a clock that won’t change to Mountain time so you won’t be left questioning which clock is right.
Also, if planning to visit anywhere on Navajo land, make sure to check with your tour provider about the time zone. The Navajo Nation DOES observe daylight savings time, even in Arizona… just to confuse you a bit more!!
THINGS TO DO NEAR PAGE, AZ
EXPLORE THE AREA AROUND KANAB
Kanab is just a short drive from Page, and there are TONS of fun things to do along the way.
Read More: Things to Do in Kanab, Utah
PAGE, AZ TO GRAND CANYON
Take a road trip to the Grand Canyon South Rim. The drive is full of beautiful spots along the way.