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 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
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.