Page, AZ: Clear skies, full days, can't lose.



Page, Arizona feels like a hidden gem. It wasn’t even on the map for me until we planned our loop through southern Utah. I anticipated just a stopover on our way to the big boys, Zion and Bryce. But I tell ya, after spending a week there, I’m already stirring up plans to get back!


 

Activities


Lake Powell

It’s hard to describe how unique of place Lake Powell is. I’ve been telling friends to just imagine the Grand Canyon filled with water. That description may be a bit over the top, but it does a good job of capturing the grandeur of this place. We rented a boat off Boatsetter, packed up the cooler & some turkey sandos and just explored the lake all day. We made it from Point A to Point B and back. It’s very cool to be on the water and at the same time be surrounded by 100ft+ canyon walls. I would definitely recommend a day on Lake Powell!



Lake Powell National Golf Course

This public course is rated one of the top tracks in Arizona and it couldn’t have been easier to get on. We played the front 9 on a Wednesday afternoon, which winds up and down through the red rocks. It’s only about $40 per person for green fees and rental clubs. Plus the rentals were a set of all brand new TaylorMade SIM!


 

Sites


Horseshoe Bend

  • Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • Park: Glen Canyon

  • Hike Length: .7 miles round trip

  • Elevation Gain: 85 ft

  • Difficulty: V Easy

You may recognize Horseshoe Bend from the photos but the pictures don’t do it justice. As with all of Mother Nature's beautiful wonders, being there gives you the true perspective on it's size. Only about a 10min drive from the center of town, and a short hike to the canyon wall, I recommend you pack a chair, a beer and post along the cliff edge to soak it all in.


Lone Rock Beach

  • Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • Park: Glen Canyon

  • Hike Length: .7 miles round trip

  • Elevation Gain: 85 ft

  • Difficulty: V Easy

Lone Rock is a beautiful beach and campground on Lake Powell. It was just a short drive away from where we were staying so we went a few times! You can drive all the way down but be careful not to get the car stuck in the soft sand. Pack up the cornhole, a few brews and watch the sunset over the lake.


 

Hikes


Skylight Arch


  • Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • Park: Glen Canyon

  • Length: 2 miles round trip

  • Elevation Gain: 200 ft

  • Difficulty: Easy

  • Alltrails

Skylight Arch is a very cool hike with a view from one of the highest points in the area. Be warned, it’s a bit of a drive down a dirt road with nothing but electrical towers and a steep rocky hill up to the trailhead. Make sure you have all four wheels in drive!


 

Food

Page isn't a very big town, but you can certainly grub!

  • Big John's BBQ - It’s an old gas station converted into a BBQ restaurant run by a true BBQ champ who brought a little taste of Texas to Arizona. And there’s usually a band playing! Tip: Do not try replacing the ribs for pulled chicken in the sampler plate, you will be laughed at.

  • BirdHouse - Extremely tasty fried chicken that comes in three flavors; Original, Honey Butter and Very Spicy (which is VERY spicy). All delicious, order some tenders and try all three.


 

Lodging

We found a great Airbnb just a bit west of Page, about a 15min drive. Highly recommend this particular house if available. It was an amazing place to stay for a few reasons.

  1. Lake views - This small community and particular row of homes had nothing obstructing the views from the house to the lake. Make yourself a morning coffee and enjoy it on the patio with a wide open view of the water and canyon walls.

  2. Stargazing - One thing that made this week in Page so special was the night sky. We had a new moon on a Friday and every night surrounding it we’d head to the rooftop and stare up at the stars like I had never seen them before.

  3. Master bath rainfall shower - We’re talking a massive shower with a primo window view of Lake Powell, top-notch.



Trip: 10/10/20 - 10/18/20


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