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Page AZ - Overview
Ask anyone who has visited
Page for a first impression. The response will range from “incredible” to
“awesome.” Page is a thriving Arizona tourist community of 6,200 visited
annually by over 3 million travelers who come to enjoy the water recreation
features of Lake Powell and other tourist attractions in Northern Arizona and
Southern Utah. Stunningly beautiful red canyon walls tower above the blue-green
crystal clear water of the lake. The cloudless Arizona sky and abundant
sunshine add to the idyllic scene. Climbing toward Page on highway US89, the
panorama suddenly appears. Looking down on Glen Canyon Dam, from this the far
eastern rim of the Grand Canyon, one sees the astonishing beauty of Lake Powell
spread out in the rocky abyss below.
Page was named for John
Chatfield Page, the commissioner of reclamation who devoted many years to the
development of the upper Colorado River. Page, Arizona provided a base of
operation and housing center for the huge number of construction workers and
their families engaged in building the gigantic Glen Canyon Dam in the Colorado
River between Arizona and Utah. The dam created Lake Powell, the largest
man-made lake in America.
The town is now a center for
outfitters who provide trips into the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.
Scenic flights over Lake Powell and the surrounding Navajo country as well as to
the Grand Canyon depart from the Page airport. Lake Powell boat trips and Glen
Canyon raft trips can be arranged through the Page Chamber of Commerce.
Lake Powell stretches for
hundreds of miles. Its beaches, canyon walls and floor reveal countless
geological wonders and thousands of years of ancient Native American history.
Glen Canyon Dam is immense. It rises 710 feet
above the Colorado River bedrock with a 1,560 foot long crest. It is 300 feet
thick at the base and holds back some 9 trillion gallons of water. The dam
conserves water from a 246,000 gallon watershed and provides electricity for the
Pacific southwest and the Rocky Mountain areas.
Page has a busy airport, visitors’ center, museum,
library and eleven churches standing side by side on one street. At the Carl
Hayden Visitor Center, an illustrated history of the construction of the dam
unfolds along with exhibits giving interesting details about the project. A
guided tour of the generating plant provides further information. Nearby is a
small museum dedicated to Major John Wesley Powell who explored the Colorado
River, despite losing his right arm in an earlier Civil War battle. Powell
wrote passionately about the wonders of the River and canyons. He made a return
trip in 1871 and further documented his amazing journey. Exhibits focus on
Native American artifacts discovered in the area.
Ancient history is evident
throughout Lake Powell with petroglyphs created over 2000 years ago by the
Anasazi nation who farmed along the Colorado River. There are many archeological
sites on Lake Powell including the ruins of Defiance House in Iceberg Canyon.
The Anasazi disappeared about 700 years ago. Today the Navajo, Ute and Paiute
Indian tribes have established their homes in the vicinity.
Lake Powell has a reputation
for providing some of nature’s best backcountry hiking and four-wheel
excursions. Houseboat vacations are extremely popular because the expansive lake
offers deep bays and canyon-lined fingers that can take many days to explore and
enjoy. The rose-colored beaches are ready for exploration and relaxation.
opportunities include boat tours to the world's largest natural stone arch,
Rainbow Bridge National Monument; overland tours to a slot canyon; antelope
sightings, and trout fishing below Glen Canyon Dam on the Colorado River. There
is hiking; a smooth water float trip between high sandstone canyon walls; scenic
flights giving an overview of this immense mesa and plateau country; scuba
diving through the canyons of Lake Powell; mountain biking the pink and red
sandstone slickrock bowls; an eighteen hole championship golf course with
of the lake and
Glen Canyon Dam. These are just a few of the activities visitors enjoy.
There are a variety of restaurants offering choices from patio dining to superb
cuisine. There are also gift shops, galleries and antique stores.
Join the 3 million people
who visit Page and Lake Powell each year.
Page and Lake Powell,
Arizona vacation memories last a lifetime.