Page Arizona (July 2009)
Overall Rating: B+
Page was just a stopover on our
trip in preparation for
renting a boat on
For those with a religious bent, Page is your place. We counted twenty churches on the main drive as we entered this small town. I have no idea what drives the religious fervor, so if you know drop me a line.
A quick swim in the motel pool
and it was time to find some
dinner. We had
promised Sean macaroni
and cheese, but it appears this staple of the East Coast is not real
Gotta Go!1) Horseshoe Bend
2) Antelope Canyon
3) Swimming Hole
|Toni (Mom) - B - "The Ranch House Grill was very family friendly."|
Sean (10 yrs) - A - "Scary view (i.e. Horseshoe Bend)!"
Kyle (9 yrs) - A - "It is really natural and a nice site (i.e. Horseshoe Bend)! If a river can go in a curve rather than going right through, that is amazing."
|Horseshoe Bend, Antelope Canyon, Swimming Hole
A very dramatic view without any crowds.
2) Stretch your legs after a day's drive.
|Horshoe Bend is located about 2.5 miles southwest of Page on Rte 89. It is located on the west side of the road and is marked by small brown sign. Google Maps|
If you are scared of heights skip this site. There
railings and you must go up to edge for the view. Also be
cautious with your children.
2) The hike from the parking lot is only half mile, but it is over a small hill and the path consists of soft sand so it is tough walking.
Antelope Canyon is a very narrow and dramatic slot canyon.
is a very famous photo spot. I highly recommend it to the
photographer. However, here are some cautions.
very dramatic colors you see in photographs are due to long exposures,
it doesn't look the same to the naked eye though it is still
impressive. Secondly, you can now only visit with guided
which I've read are packed, so it can be difficult for the photographer
to get a picture when the canyon is flooded with tourists.
There is also Lower Antelope Canyon which can be reached by foot but I have not been there. The lowest portion of Antelope Canyon is actually flooded as part of Lake Powell and you can boat up it. I very much enjoyed boating up Antelope Canyon and highly recommend it.
|1) Antelope Canyon is in the Navajo reservation and it is now a money raising enterprise so guided tours are required. When I visited it 20 yrs ago I was able to visit it at sunrise in December and had the entire canyon to myself. Ahhhh, progress. Here is the link to the Navajo site which describes gaining access: Navajo Site|
I personally wouldn't bother going on a crowded summer tour,
though I've never been on one it just wouldn't be the same.
greatest part about the canyon is the solitude. If I ever go
back, I'll go in the winter when the tourists are gone and try
find a personal guide.
2) If you're not an advanced photographer with a tripod who can take long exposures, don't bother. You won't get very good pictures and there are plenty of hikes through slot canyons in the west that are free. I'm proudest of my photos from here because when I arrived, I learned I'd lost my cable release. I improvised and used a rubber band and pebble to depress the shutter for 2 minute expsoures with large f stops to color saturate the film. If you don't have any idea about what I just described, this place is not for you.
|I actually haven't been to this swimming hole so you may have to do some of your own detective work. While boating on Lake Powell we passed this spot where the locals were swimming on the shore. There wasn't a beach but the kids were having fun jumping from the rocks into the lake. Moms were sunbathing on the rocks. I'll definitely hunt this place down when I return. It looks like it may be on the Navajo reservation so you may need to buy an access permit. I'd track down a local to understand the details.|
|It is located at the end of Antelope Point, past Antelope Point Marina. Looks like you catch Indian Route 222 about 2.5 miles east of Page on Route 98 and head north towards Antelope Point. You'll have to follow your instincts from here. It looks like 5-6 miles up Indian Route 222. Google's satellite images show two parking lots, but I can't tell you which one to use. Google Map|
|1) I can't give any advice since I've not been but it looked like fun. Personally, I'd make the kids wear life jackets.|
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