A Trip to Lake Powell and Antelope Canyon
A trip to Lake Powell is one of the highlights of a holiday to western USA.
Glen Canyon Dam
The town of Page lies on the bank of the Colorado River near Glen Canyon Dam, one of the most impressive dams in the US. Don’t miss a visit to this dam! The dam’s visitor centre is open daily from 7AM to 6PM in the summer and from 8AM to 5PM in every other season. Entry and tour are free!
This dam created one of the largest and most beautiful manmade reservoirs in the US – Lake Powell. Its blue waters contrast boldly with the reddish hues of the mountains surrounding it. The waters of the lake have eroded the rocks around them into marvellous shapes; the most famous of these is Rainbow Bridge, the world’s largest natural bridge. Next to the dam is a big harbour, where you can take a tour boat for trips of two hours or more in the lake. The most impressive tour – and also the longest – is to Rainbow Bridge National Monument on the eastern side of the lake. You can also rent a speedboat, a fun experience for people of any age (though not recommended for those prone to seasickness). In the summer I recommend booking your boat ahead of time! You can also rent a yacht at the lake and live on it for a few days. This is an expensive experience, but a popular one.
Some websites containing more information about Page and Lake Powell (including beautiful pictures) are:
Rhapsody ride down the Colorado River
A good family experience is a several hour rhapsody ride down the Colorado River. At the part of the river that is close to Glen Canyon Dam its waters are calm and quiet and the view is spectacular. The rhapsody rides run from May to September and are run by Colorado River Discovery.
Native American - Navajo tribe
Page town is also a great place to see Native American culture up close – specifically, the Navajo tribe. There is a Navajo Village Heritage Centre in this city where there are tours about the life of the Navajo, including demonstrations, dances, songs, stories, and a traditional Navajo dinner. The tours take place every evening between April and October.
A beautiful amazing viewpoint not far from Page is Horseshoe Bend, only 6km away. A 1.2km walk will lead you to an incredible viewpoint on a horseshoe-shaped segment of the Colorado River. Some advice for photography enthusiasts: The best time to get to this viewpoint is between 12PM and 2PM.
Page is also an excellent starting point for a visit to Antelope Canyon, an absolutely gorgeous slot canyon a few kilometres southeast of the town, in a Navajo reserve. It is the most-visited and most-photographed slot canyon in the world.
You cannot tour it independently; only on a guided tour. Several companies offer tours, but one I recommend particularly is Antelope Slot Canyon Tours by Chief Tsosie. Another good one is Antelope Canyon Tours by Roger Ekis. The classic tour is 90 minutes long. It includes a jeep ride, a walk inside the narrow winding path of the canyon, and information about the geology and history of the place, as well as the culture and customs of the Navajo tribe. Booking ahead of time is recommended.