Have you ever heard of Page, AZ? If not, add it to your bucket list immediately! The remote town of Page in northern Arizona near the Utah border has several amazing must-see destinations that were on my bucket list. I’ll be sharing them with you in this post, so keep reading!
We headed to Page traveling by RV after road-tripping through Utah and visiting Zion National Park. It was only a short, couple hours drive from the campground we stayed at in Utah to the Wahweap RV & Campground where we stayed in Page, AZ. I’ll be honest, there isn’t much to the town of Page. But the natural wonders in the area make it worth a visit!
We were there in April 2015 (it’s taken me 5 years to write this… yikes!) for about 3 days from April 19th to April 21st. The weather was perfect at that time! Spring seems like the best time to visit Page, AZ. Temperatures were in the mid-70s but felt warmer. Not sure I’d want to be there in the summer. I imagine Page, AZ weather gets really hot in the summertime.
We had great weather and just enough time to check everything off our to-do list for the area. Our visit to Page was definitely a memorable one as we were able to see some incredible places there including two we checked off our bucket list! If you appreciate the American Southwest and love exploring outdoor wonders, you’ve gotta visit the small town of Page, AZ! Let me tell you why…
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Ultimate 3-Day Itinerary for Page, AZ
1) Day 1 in Page, AZ: Horseshoe Bend
As soon as we got set up at the RV park, we ventured out to Horseshoe Bend. This was one of our bucket list items after first seeing a photo of it on Instagram. So we couldn’t wait to finally see this marvel in person! On the way to Horseshoe Bend, we stopped by Glen Canyon Dam for some scenic views of Lake Powell.
The trail to reach Horseshoe Bend is just a few miles southwest of Page, AZ on US Hwy 89 just south of Hwy marker 545. There’s a parking area on the west side of the highway at the trailhead. See details on the parking situation and fees here.
The sandy trail is ¾ mile to the canyon rim for the scenic Horseshoe Bend overlook. The trail takes you up and over rocky areas, and there’s no shade on the trail or at the rim of the canyon. So go prepared with sun protection.
Also, the red sand can get hot and messy. You won’t want to wear white clothes or shoes (trust me!). Speaking of shoes, make sure you wear proper footwear with good traction. The sand and rock can be slick. You don’t want to slip and fall near the edge!
Be aware that most of the canyon edge has no railing. If you’re afraid of heights, you might not be able to see Horseshoe Bend in all its glory as the best views are right at the edge. For me, it’s not so much heights that bother me. It’s edges. Edges terrify me! Viewing Horseshoe Bend forced me to face my fear, and it was worth it! #feelthefearanddoitanyway
I found that the best way to see Horseshoe Bend without feeling like I would plummet to my death was by laying down on the rock while gripping the edge and looking over to see the river below. There are some areas of rock tilting up that made it feel less scary to lay down and look over the edge.
The view that awaited me below was incredible! I could’ve stared at it all day (if I wasn’t sweating profusely while holding onto the edge with a death-grip… haha!). Traveling has definitely forced me outside my comfort zones (with an “s”). But the discomfort has all paid off with epic experiences!
For more information on Horseshoe Bend, visit the website at HorseshoeBend.com.
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2) Day 2 in Page, AZ: Antelope Canyon
Another bucket list destination for me that was inspired by photos I saw on Instagram was Antelope Canyon. This Southwest slot canyon features stunning red sandstone formations with sun rays highlighting the unique shapes of the canyon.
It’s no wonder why Antelope Canyon is the most photographed slot canyon in the world and a must-see destination! Be aware though that the only way to see Antelope Canyon is by a guided tour. The canyon is located on Navajo land, so you can’t access the canyon without a Navajo guide.
There are two main sections of the canyon – Lower Antelope Canyon and Upper Antelope Canyon. We chose the slightly less-popular (i.e. less crowded) and longer Lower section. It’s more challenging to access Lower Antelope Canyon with several flights of steep steps/ladders and a roughly 1-mile long hike.
Due to these restrictions, there tend to be less people in the Lower section of the canyon. This can mean better photo ops. During our tour, the guide pointed out special formations and showed us the best photography spots throughout the canyon. They also took a few photos of us since tripods and selfie-sticks aren’t allowed.
*Photo Tip: Use the Vivid photo filter with your Apple phone camera for the most vibrant photos of the canyon!
The tour took about 1-1.5 hours, and we couldn’t get enough! We loved descending down into the canyon and squeezing through the narrow walls while taking in the incredible lighting dancing off the smooth red sandstone and then climbing back out to resurface above the canyon’s crack in the ground. What an awesome experience!
For more information about Antelope Canyon and the best times to visit, click here. You can see a list of Antelope Canyon Tour Operators for the Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon here. Some offer bundles for tours of both sections.
These are the companies that offer tours of Lower Antelope Canyon: Dixie’s Lower Antelope Canyon Tours and Kens Tours. I highly recommend booking a tour in advance so you don’t risk having to wait for hours or not being able to get in at all as they tend to sell out.
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3) Day 3 in Page, AZ: Rainbow Bridge National Monument in Lake Powell
For our last day in Page, AZ, we decided to explore Lake Powell. As the 2nd largest man-made lake in the USA, Lake Powell is a top destination for water activities, such as fishing, boating, and other water sports.
It’s also home to Rainbow Bridge National Monument featuring one of the world’s largest known natural bridges. Rainbow Bridge spans 275 feet across and 290 feet high. It’s massive!
Check out how tiny the people are under Rainbow Bridge in the last photo above on the right side. That gives some perspective on the size of the natural bridge.
*Fun Fact: Do you know what the difference is between natural bridges and arches? Water forms bridges whereas wind forms arches. Good to know, right? 🙂
The only ways to reach Rainbow Bridge are by a 50-mile boat ride on Lake Powell or by hiking a 14+ mile trail from the Navajo Nation (permit required). For more information on getting to Rainbow Bridge National Monument, click here.
We opted for the boat tour from Wahweap Marina where we were staying. The boat left the marina at 7:30am and reached the Rainbow Bridge dock around 9:30am. We then hiked roughly 1 mile to the bridge where we were able to marvel at the natural wonder and take photos before hiking back to the boat.
Another boat ride got us back to the marina around 2:00pm making the total time for the boat tour 6.5 hours. It was a long tour but the boat ride was laid back as we took in the scenic rock formations surrounding Lake Powell. Aside from seeing the impressive Rainbow Bridge, we enjoyed being able to also see a lot of Lake Powell as well.
Wrapping Up 3 Epic Days in Page, AZ
What a great 3 days in Page, AZ seeing all the highlights! You’ve most likely seen some amazing pics of Horseshoe Bend and Lower Antelope Canyon on Instagram like I first did. Hopefully, the photos and this post have inspired you to add these incredible places to your Southwest bucket list.
Page, AZ is a 2-for-1 special because you can see both Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon there. Plus, you get the bonuses of also getting to check out Rainbow Bridge and spend some time at Lake Powell. Who knew there was so much to see and do in the seemingly-random and small town just south of the Utah border?
Truth be told, you could probably knock everything out in just 2 days (1 day for both Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon with another full day for Rainbow Bridge). But if you don’t want to be rushed and have extra time to explore the area, 3 days should be good.
If you’re visiting Phoenix, Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon, or the National Parks in Utah, it’s worth the 2.5-4 hour detour to visit Page, AZ (trust me)! Be sure to add it to your bucket list and make a point of going there.
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