Page, Arizona is a small city located in Northern Arizona. It is known for some of the most spectacular formations in the American Southwest. People flood the city year round just to experience the orange-yellow brown waves of Lower and Upper Antelope Canyon, the stunning views of Horseshoe Bend, and the great summer vibes of Lake Powell. This post will show you just how this small, yet spectacular the area is.
I had always wanted to see the Grand Canyon so I decided to book a one week trip to Northern Arizona. Since I had seen so many brilliant pictures of the striking waves known as Antelope Canyon, I decided to stop and visit Page, Arizona for two days. We flew into Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, then rented a car and drove to the small city of Page. The drive from Phoenix Sky International Airport is about 4 hours and 9 minutes. But if you plan to rent a car, I suggest flying into Las Vegas since the car rental rates are substantially lower.
LOWER ANTELOPE CANYON
Our first stop was Lower Antelope Canyon. To experience the canyon, I needed to reserve a tour with the official tour company, Ken’s Tours. I decided to take the last time slot, in case our flight was delayed, which proved to be a great decision because we made it just in time. Plus, we were able to experience the canyon all by ourselves (with the exception of our guide as they are required!)
When we arrived, we picked up our tickets and made our way down into the canyon. Unlike Upper Antelope Canyon, Lower Antelope Canyon is below the surface. There were some stairs and ladders to get into the canyon. Since I am afraid of heights, it was a little difficult at times, but, I got over it and climbed down, slowly.
The views were out of this world. Sunlight poured into the canyon, giving the canyon a vibrant orange glow. I loved walking through this and I was so excited that we had this canyon pretty much to ourselves.
After the tour was done, we drove to our hotel located right on Lake Powell. Lake Powell is located northwest of Page, and is a great place to watch the sunset. The reservoir was surrounded by orange canyons, which made for the perfect way to experience the sunset.
Lake Powell is a great place to go swimming, hiking, wakeboarding, waterskiing, kayaking, and fishing. Unfortunately, we were there in the winter so we couldn’t experience most of these activities. However, it just gave me more reason to come back during the summer.
The next day we got up early to experience the sunrise at Horseshoe Bend. The hike was short, sweet and relatively flat. It was a bit windy and cold but experiencing this famous scenic view was incredible.
UPPER ANTELOPE CANYON
The following morning, we used out tour reservations so we could check out Upper Antelope Canyon. Upper Antelope Canyon had a darker complex compared to Lower Antelope Canyon. The top of the canyon was closed leading to less light. Upper Antelope Canyon also had more crowds. It was difficult for me to enjoy it as much as Lower Antelope Canyon due to the crowds, but, the limited lighting made for jaw-dropping scenes.
WATER HOLES CANYON
The last area I visited was an area called Water Holes Canyon. This area was similar to Upper Antelope Canyon but with relatively no crowds. For this area, a tour guide is not required but a permit is. Not aware of this at the time, it was slightly difficult to find the office and purchase a permit.
Overall, Page needs to be on everyone’s bucket list. The city is an easy weekend getaway with relatively easy hikes, canyons, lakes, and gorgeous views. This area is a photographers dream and it is a city everyone needs to experience at least once in their life.
By Michelle Stelly from @thewanderingqueen