Page Packs a Punch

 

From the Grand Canyon, we headed north to Page. We stopped along the way at Cameron’s Trading Post, which has a great restaurant. We didn’t make it in time for breakfast, so we instead ordered the Navajo Taco’s that are made on delicious Native American Fry Bread. We definitely recommend a stop here if you are hungry coming to or leaving the Grand Canyon, or if you are looking for nice souvenirs as the shop is very big!

We knew we wanted to see Antelope Canyon, and Horseshoe Bend while in Page, but that was all we knew about the area.

 

We camped at one of our favorite boondocking spots yet, and definitely the prettiest one we have stayed at so far, at Lone Rock Beach, which is part of the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. This is a nice boondocking set up where if you have a National Parks Pass (soo, worth it) the $25 entrance fee is waived, and you just pay $14 a night for camping (1/2 off with senior or access pass). It was so pretty at this spot, and there was also trash bins, outdoor showers, an RV dump, dumpsters, and potable water fill up in the Lone Rock Beach area which was all super convenient for RVers and tent campers too. We loved glamping on the beach, and beside the sand, occasional minor winds, and the time change mix-ups, this spot was close to perfect. This spot is technically in Utah, where the time changes, but it is right over the line from Arizona as well, so we were never really sure of what time it was while we were here.

The views were gorgeous, it was busy, but mostly quiet, and it was so fun for the kids to be able to go down to the beach to swim when they wanted to. We also busted out our new rafts that I had bought for this lakeside trip. It was an interesting experience for sure as the wind blowed us to the nearby beach next door that had a small river in between them. It wasn’t far back to our RV, just interesting to navigate with the kids and the rafts! Never a dull moment!

 

We did get to go to Horseshoe Bend, and snap some pics there. It is free to go there, and there is a full parking lot there with a sandy 3/4 mile walk from the parking lot to the sight. It was pretty busy there, and dangerous as there are no railings and it is a complete drop off with easy to trip on rocks all around. We didn’t stay too long because of the crowds and the sense of danger, but it was cool to get to see this sight that we had seen pictures of before.

The most magnificent site that we have seen yet was Lower Antelope Canyon. This is Navajo land, so you can only view Lower Antelope Canyon and Upper Antelope Canyon with a tour guide. It is $40 plus some added fees per adult, but kids 7 and under were free, and we felt like it was worth it to see this amazing slot canyon that we had also seen many pics of. There are two different companies you can book ahead of time to get a tour of the canyon with and it looked like they both were the same price. We booked last minute (2 days ahead of time), and got the last spot of the day for the day we wanted with Ken’s Tours. When you book a tour, you can decide between lower or upper Antelope Canyon. From what we were told, they are both amazing, but Upper is shorter, cheaper, and easier to access since you don’t have to climb all of the ladders that are in the Lower Canyon. Our kids did well on the lower canyon, but I would recommend an adult supervising each small child just because of the steps.

Everywhere you look in Antelope Canyon is another beautiful site, and another photo opportunity. We took so many pictures, and they were all wonderful. We also had a really nice tour guide, also named Tyler, who took great pictures of our family and the other people in the group as well. It was a great experience!

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The Wahweap Overlook area was a nice view as well, and was easy to drive right up to. We also looked around the Wahweap Marina Area, where we were surprised to find a campground, hotel, and restaurant.

Another activity we did while in Page was going to the Carl Hayden Visitor Center that is right next to the Glen Canyon Dam, the 6th largest dam in the United States. The 2nd tallest stell arched bridge is next to the dam also. The visitor center had great interactive learning exhibits, wonderful views of the dam, a Norman Rockwell painting of the dam, and 3 different movies that they showed. You can also take a tour of the dam for $5 per adult. They take 20 people on each tour, and you can reserve your tour in person at the Visitor’s Center within 24 hours of your tour. The kids got Jr Ranger Badges here, and we enjoyed the views and movies in this visitor center.

Just ten minutes away from Lone Rock is the entrance to the very large Grand Staircase Escalante National Memorial, and the Big Water Visitor Center is there. We went there to see their Dinosaur Exhibit, but it was unfortunately closed every Tuesday and Wednesday, and we of course were there on a Wednesday! There were some plaques about the dinosaurs to read outside, so it wasn’t a total fail.

We liked that Horseshoe Bend, the Glen Recreation Area, and Antelope Canyon were all pretty close within the area and easy to get to.

While in town, we also stopped at the Page Library to read books, and charge our devices. We had lunch at Big John’s Texas BBQ that was pretty good. The #1 rated restaurant in the area that the reviews looked cool on was called Into the Grand. They only are open from 7pm at night, and reservations are recommended. With our limited time in Page, we weren’t able to make it there, but we hear they have musicians during dinner, then Native American dancing after that. If we would have had one more day in Page, we would have made sure to get to this restaurant! Maybe next time!

Have you been to Page, AZ? What was your favorite part about this town?

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