Have you ever wanted to sell everything you own and just "take off?" Travel the country's back roads, paddle down a meandering stream, experience breath-taking mountain views, walk among 100-year old trees, and just marvel at America's beauty? That is the dream that my partner, Betsy, and I decided to make a reality. This blog describes our adventure. The food we eat, people we meet, sights we see, and the enjoyment we find in traveling.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

What Is There To Do in Page, Arizona?

When I mentioned to Betsy that we should stop in Page she said, “What is there to do?”  Good question.  I was just looking for a stop-over on our way to the Grand Canyon but the more research I did the more it looked like there would be a few things to do.  We turned our stop-over into more than just a one-nighter and decided to see what Page had to offer. 

 The story of the tiny desert town of Page began in 1957 when geologists determined the area would be a perfect location for the Glen CanyonDam – one of many located along the Colorado River.  Geologists surveyed the area, a Congressional Bill was passed and the Bureau of Reclamation went to work on a very ambitious project to tame the mighty Colorado River.  Water issues and allocation were the impetus for the dam and even more critical today in the southwest’s struggle over precious water.  Once the dam was built, the arid landscape turned to an azure blue watery mecca providing recreational opportunities and hydroelectric power to millions of people in seven states.  The lake was aptly named Lake Powell after John Wesley Powell who led the first water expedition through the area.  The second largest man-made lake in the country is now a playground for water enthusiasts.

The dam is administered by the Bureau of Reclamation but the surrounding area and Lake Powell are part of the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area operated by the National Park Service. 
For $5 you can get a 45-minute narrated tour of the dam and is well worth it.
The dam tour takes you hundreds of
feet below ground into the bowels of the
hydroelectric plant.

Lake Powell

As you travel south from the Glen Canyon Dam down the Colorado River you encounter a fantastic sight with an understated, but appropriate, name - Horseshoe Bend.  The river makes an incredible turn and shows its might as it has carved out a horseshoe in the Navajo sandstone.  The short hike down to the viewing area makes you feel like a lemming about to meet your maker.  Sheer cliffs (without a railing I might add) provide a dramatic look but we were not about to get too close for the optimal picture.

I was too scared to get any closer to the edge for a better photograph.
We could not leave the area without a visit to AntelopeCanyon - one of the most famous sights in Page and a photographers dream.  While the outside does not look like much, the carved sandstone is magical when the sunlight hits it.  Worn rock scoured by wind and water comes to life.  With the imagination you can see animals and other figures in the rock.  The canyon is on the Navajo Reservation and visitors must go with a guide.  The quarter mile walk through the 130-foot canyon is the easy part of the trip.  It is the three and a half mile drive though the sandy wash leading up to the canyon that will cause your teeth to rattle.    


1 comment:

  1. Thanks for taking us along on that trip. Love all the pictures too.


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