Page Arizona started as a housing town for workers and their families during the construction of the Glen Canyon Dam in the 1960s. Sixty years later, fast forward to 2020, it’s a very popular destination for many reasons. The amazing camping, Glen Canyon Dam, and a bunch of really cool tours and hikes are just a few of the reasons why Page Arizona has turned into a tourist hotspot.
If you wanna know about the best hikes and things to do, and if you’re interested in some history about how the whole process of the dam being built, then keep reading! In this blog post, you’ll find the best things to do in Page along with places to stay and anything else you may want to know. That way you’ll be one step ahead of the 3 million other tourists (!) who visit Page each year.
8 fun things to do in Page, AZ
We spent a few nights in Page camping in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. Every morning we woke up to gorgeous views of Wahweap Bay which drains to Lake Powell. Having breakfast every morning in sunshine and trying to figure out which awesome hike to do next was our only priority…hard life. We realized it would be a good idea to give you fellow travelers a few ideas of what to do in the area so you can make the most of your time in the little city of Page.
We’ll give you the best things to do along with tips and tricks to make your trip memorable. You’ll also learn about a few things we wish we knew before visiting this northern Arizona city. So let’s get right into it and explore all the fun things to do in the area.
#1 Visit Horseshoe Bend Overlook
Just 10 minutes south lies one of Page’s most known attractions which people from all corners of the world have flocked to come visit. This very easy hike will bring you to the overlook of the 270-degree curve in the Colorado River and it will leave you speechless. It will also fill up your camera memory card from the amount of pictures you will be taking, so be prepared for that 😉
We recommend going earlier in the day or right before sunset to avoid huge crowds. Since around 2 million people visit this natural beauty every year there are quite a lot of them! If you want more information on Horseshoe Bend check out this post: The Famous Horseshoe Bend Hike.
#2 Get a tour of Antelope Canyon
You’ve probably seen dozens if not hundreds of pictures of the multicolored rocks that seem to come to life when you stare at them. And maybe you’ve even been Googling exactly where these wonders are. Well, these slot canyons are right around the corner from Page and one of the reasons why so many people visit Arizona.
Unfortunately, you will not be able to see these amazing sights without a tour guide since the canyons are on private land and owned by local tribes like the Navajos. So you will have to book a tour if you want to go see these mesmerizing red rocks.
The good thing about this is the fact that they keep tourism down a bit with the limited amount of spots they have available for these tours. But this also means that you need to book this tour FAR in advance. We looked for a tour for October already in August and it was fully booked. This was during shoulder season! So plan ahead if you want to visit the upper or lower Antelope Canyon!
One thing you might wanna check out is the newly opened Antelope Canyon-X instead. It is run by a different tribe and is located in a different part of the canyon. Since this tour is fairly new it is less known by tourists than the other tours and it is also cheaper. From what we’ve heard this is a much better experience than some of the other heavily marketed tours.
#3 Get a guided tour of Glen Canyon Dam
You definitely won’t miss this beauty because it is enormous and you will most likely drive past the bridge that is right over the dam. This is the dam that forms Lake Powell and then funnels into the Colorado River. So if you’re either visiting Lake Powell or Wahweap campground then this dam is the reason you’ll see all the water.
We want to make sure you don’t just drive past the dam and think oh cool just another dam. Walk outside along the bridge and take some beautiful pictures. After that, you should go inside and visit the Carl Hayden Visitor Center which is also connected directly to the dam. Directions are here.
Buy yourself a 5$ tour that lasts 45 minutes and experience the inside of the dam for yourself. The tours run a few times a day and are fun and knowledgeable to go on. It’s a good idea to book a day in advance, although you may be able to get a last-minute spot.
Our tour guide grew up in Page and told us stories about him running around the dam as a kid and then eventually growing up to work for the dam. He was clearly well educated and answered random questions and told us fun facts about Page and the area that you probably wouldn’t be able to find on the internet.
#4 Stay on Lake Powell
Lake Powell almost deserves a trip on its own. Over two million people visit this gorgeous lake each year to go house boating, take scenic boat tours, even boat rentals. Lake Powell has it all. If you’re interested in maybe doing one of those activities you can check out the official Lake Powell website here.
We sadly didn’t have enough time to get out on Lake Powell but we did enjoy its beaches with nice ice cream and gorgeous weather. It feels like one of those places in the world where the weather is just always nice and peaceful. So we ended up reading our books and enjoying the views around the lake.
If you have the time try and look into one of the tours where you can stay on the lake or at least enjoy some time out on it. Page has so much to offer and if you’re not staying in town then definitely think about staying in one of the houseboats – it’s only a 10-15 minute drive from town.
#5 Stay at Wahweap Campground
Staying at Wahweap Campground was one of the best parts of our trip to Page. We actually found it last minute when we were looking for a place to camp and Powell Lake Campground was all booked up. But only a few minutes north of town lies the gem of Wahweap Campground. It was easily one of the best if not the best campground we’ve stayed at during our entire US road trip.
The facilities were well maintained and the staff was easy to get in touch with even though we got to the campsite after closing. Each individual campsite was spacious and clean. The views alone would have made it worthwhile so everything else was just a nice bonus.
It was nice to wake up in the morning with Lake Powell down below and red rocks creating this awesome landscape. Then over breakfast, we would decide what fun activity we were going to go do around Page that day (because there’s seriously so much to see in and around Page, Arizona).
We ended up only staying two nights at the campground but we could have easily spent a week there. And I bet you that still wouldn’t have felt like enough. The prices were super reasonable being roughly $30 USD a night which is absolutely worth it for what you get.
#6 Hike Waterholes Canyon
This is another awesome hike to do in the Page area. This hike can only be done by tour but it is a lot less touristy than Antelope Canyon and the max size for groups is 12 people. So you will have lots of room to take pictures and ask the guide any questions you may have.
The tour itself will cost you about $56 USD per person which will include the shuttle to the end of the hike from which you will walk through the canyon and return back to the parking lot.
The hike itself is 4.5 km / 2.8 miles which gives you enough time to take lots of awesome photos and while learning about the history of the rock formations and tribes that used to live in this part of Arizona.
If you’re looking for a low key, not so touristy, and relatively easy hike to see some of the crazy rock formations then try Waterholes Canyon Tour Company and explore this hidden gem before everybody knows about it 😉
#7 Visit the Navajo Village Heritage Center
One thing we’ve been trying to do more of is to learn more about places we visit and about the heritage and the culture of the people who used to live there before it transformed into tourism hotspots.
This is exactly what the Navajo Village offers. You get a glimpse into the past of the Navajos who used to live under the southwestern stars in the middle of the desert. You’ll hear stories passed down from generation to generation about how the Navajo used to live in these lands.
It’s a unique experience and even though you’ll be with other tourists it’s an awesome way to have a special experience learning about their people. The tours themselves run frequently every day but book your tour in advance. And make sure they are running that time of year since they tend to operate usually from March until the end of summer.
#8 Make a day trip to Grand Canyon
If you’re up for a bit of a drive from Page then you need to get yourself down to the Grand Canyon. The drive is just under two hours and the Grand Canyon is absolutely worth visiting if you haven’t been there before. It’s the perfect day trip and you will be blown away with viewpoints after viewpoints. There’s a reason it’s been nominated one of the wonders of the world and continues to attract millions and millions of tourists each year.
There are short and long hikes at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon and very conveniently located if you’re planning on doing some walking around and sightseeing. So if you have the time then definitely consider doing a day trip from Page to Grand Canyon! If you want to read more about the Grand Canyon, you can check out our post here: A Day Trip From Flagstaff to Grand Canyon.
Other fun things to do
The first 8 attractions were by far our favorite things to do in Page Arizona but if you’re staying for a little longer, there are many other things to check out.
- Go on a day tour to Three Great Landscapes
- Float down the Colorado River
- Go on a day trip to Sedona
- Go on one of many amazing multi-day hikes
- Check out Zion National Park and Bryce National Park (both are in Utah)
- Visit the Rainbow Bridge National Monument and Vermilion Cliffs National Monument
Visiting Page, Arizona
It can be a little hard to find Page on a map and you might’ve never heard of it until this post but we can assure you that there are many things to do in Page. This list alone will keep you busy for days and make your experience in Page a memorable one.
Stay at the Wahweap campground, enjoy a day on Lake Powell, and make sure to take a tour of the dam and learn about the construction of it. Hear stories from locals who have been there since the beginning, and make sure to get your dose of Navajo culture and learn about their heritage at one of their tours!
Enjoy Page and the many activities it has to offer. Stay safe and enjoy your time.