🏜 25 Epic Things to Do in Page, AZ (+Local Secrets)

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There are more world-famous landscapes and outdoor things to do in Page, AZ than in any other region in the entire state of Arizona!

Though the most popular attractions of Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Slot Canyons draw most of the crowds, there is a whole world of spectacular desert scenery and natural works of art that most visitors never knew existed.

In this complete travel guide, you will discover all of the best things to do in Page. This includes world-famous destinations and off-the-beaten-path adventures, all within a 1-2 hour drive of Northern Arizona’s most beautiful city.

In addition to all of the best outdoor things to do around the city, you will find a bonus section detailing some of the best things to do on a Page day trip as well. To help with planning, you will also find a map featuring all the locations discussed in this guide.

πŸ“Έ Best Things to Do in Page Arizona Overview

Night photography featuring the Milky Way over the colored cliffs of Northern Arizona.  Night photography is one of the best things to do in Page, AZ.

The Top 25 best things to do in Page are:

  1. Upper Antelope Slot Canyon
  2. Lower Antelope Slot Canyon
  3. Horseshoe Bend
  4. Lake Powell
  5. Alstrom Point Overlook
  6. Wahweap Overlook
  7. Lone Rock Beach
  8. Glen Canyon Dam
  9. Hanging Garden
  10. Rainbow Bridge
  11. Secret Antelope Canyon
  12. Rattlesnake Canyon
  13. Owl Slot Canyon
  14. Reflection Canyon
  15. The New Wave
  16. Bucktank Draw
  17. Big Water Cliffs
  18. Vermillion Cliffs
  19. Grand-Staircase Escalante
  20. Toadstool Hoodoos
  21. Lees Ferry Landing
  22. The Wave & Wire Pass
  23. Pee-a-boo Canyon
  24. Coral Pink Sand Dunes
  25. Moqui Sand Caves
  • Upper Antelope SLot Canyon is the most famous thing to do in Page Arizona.
    1. Upper Antelope Slot Canyon

About Page, AZ

Page is a small city in Northern Arizona that is home to some of the most beautiful desert landscapes in the United States. It is also a cultural oasis for the Navajo tribe.

The main attractions in Page are the world-famous Antelope Slot Canyons, though Horseshoe Bend has also become a bucket list destination for many outdoor lovers.

The Wave also attracts a lot of international attention, though a permit is required and very difficult to acquire. You can find more information on that in our Guide to Kanab, Utah.

At no cost to you, we receive a small amount for any bookings made using the links below.

This section focuses on the most well-known and popular things to do in Page, Arizona. These are the absolute must-sees that cannot be left off of any itinerary.

As photography is our passion, we have endeavored to include information on when to go in addition to where to go.

1. Upper Antelope Slot Canyon
2. Lower Antelope Slot Canyon

The Antelope Slot Canyons are considered the absolute best thing to do in Page, AZ.
The colors of Lower Antelope Slot Canyon in Page are unlike anything you will find anywhere else in the world.

Hands down, the biggest draw for visitors to Page is the Antelope Slot Canyons. These miracles of nature are a vibrant, colorful display.

They are prime examples of what occurs when wind, rain, and sand are left for eons to create art in sandstone. If you only see one thing in Page, make it the Antelope Slot Canyons.

The Antelope Canyons are divided into an Upper and Lower section. Both canyons are located on Navajo land and are operated by local tribes.

Reservations are absolutely required in advance! The Upper Antelope Canyon is the more popular and expensive, but the Lower Antelope Canyon is just as good in my opinion.

*If you are crossing the border into Utah and are interested in slot canyons, be sure to check out our Utah Slot Canyons Comprehensive Guide and learn more about all the canyons you can visit nearby!*

Another look at the otherworldly, colorful landscapes of the Antelope Slot Canyons.
Another look at the otherworldly, colorful landscapes of the Antelope Slot Canyons.

Antelope Slot Canyon Reservations

There are several different tour options for exploring the Antelope Slot Canyons. Although technically not required, advance reservations are highly recommended as they almost never have availability for walk-ups!

Each tour offers different inclusions, so ensure you check what is offered carefully, such as pick up and location to ensure it meets your needs. Some highly-rated, popular tour options for visiting the slot canyons are listed below:

There is also a “Secret Antelope Slot Canyon” which will be covered in the hidden gems section below (this also requires a reservation).

When to Visit Antelope Slot Canyons

If you look for photos of the Antelope Slot Canyons, you will inevitably find some spectacular light beams in some of the best shots.

If photography is your priority, be sure to call the tour companies and find out what time is best for the beams based on the exact date of your visit. The peak light will vary based on the time of year and which canyon you are visiting.

3. Horseshoe Bend

Watching sunset at Horseshoe Bend is one of the absolute best things to do near Page, Arizona.
Watching sunset at Horseshoe Bend is one of the absolute best things to do near Page, Arizona.

Some scenes demand to be on postcards, and Horseshoe Bend is exactly that. In fact, you have probably seen photos of this place dozens of times without even realizing it!

Not long ago, many visitors would go through Page on a road trip through Northern Arizona and have no idea they had driven right by one of the most awe-inspiring landscapes in the world. Nowadays, awareness has exploded and photographing sunset from Horseshoe Bend is considered perhaps the best thing to do in Page.

The hike is a only 3/4 of a mile each way and is now paved. While the viewpoint and trail is managed by the National Park System as part of Glen Canyon Recreation Area, the parking lot is managed by the Navajo Tribe.

Parking costs $10 per vehicle or $5 per cycle, with no additional entry cost. Your ticket is valid only for the day of purchase.

When to Visit Horseshoe Bend

The best time to visit Horseshoe Bend is at sunset! The sun will sink directly in line with the most natural composition and with any luck, you’ll get some colorful clouds above the scene.

Some photographers prefer to shoot a couple of hours after sunrise as the light starts to spill into the canyon. However, the majority consensus is that sunset provides more interesting light.

4. Lake Powell in Glen Canyon Recreation Area

The turquoise water and orange sandstone of Lake Powell combine for a distinct, unique landscape as beautiful as any you'll find.
The turquoise water and orange sandstone of Lake Powell combine for a distinct, unique landscape as beautiful as any you’ll find.

You will never forget your first time seeing Lake Powell. Vibrant orange stone surrounds an impossibly-turquoise lake with rock towers and carved waterways adding character to the otherworldly landscape.

A visit to Lake Powell is one of the best things to do in Page, particularly if you have the time and interest in hitting the water!

Outdoor enthusiasts can rent or bring kayaks and freely explore endless snaking channels. Or, if kayaking isn’t your thing, book a motorboat tour and discover some of the prettiest, most photogenic scenery you will find anywhere in the Southwest.

For a truly unique visit, you can even take to the air and see Lake Powell, Glen Canyon, and Horseshoe Bend from a completely different vantage point. This Lake Powell & Horseshoe Bend Helicopter Flight with Tower Butte Landing has excellent reviews.

When to Visit Lake Powell & Glen Canyon Rec Area

I suggest arriving at Lake Powell early in the morning if you are planning to hit the water so that you have some time to explore before the sun gets to be too scorching.

If, however, you are simply wanting to see it and snap a few pictures, any time in the day while the sun is overhead is great.

Usually, places are at their best when the light is angular. However, overhead sunlight will bring out more of the color in the water.

5. Alstrom Point

Alstrom Point is one of the best places for sunset in Page, as shown here.
Getting to Alstrom Point requires some effort, but is one of the best places for sunset in Page.

Alstrom Point is considered the best, most scenic overlook of Lake Powell and amongst the best things to do near Page, AZ. Like many regional rewards, the journey presents some challenges.

The road to the overlook can be accessed with 2WD, but this is not recommended! Expect about 23 miles of very rugged road with deep potholes.

Most visitors require 1.5-2 hours of teeth-chattering driving to arrive at the parking area. From there, you will still need to hike a little less than a mile each way to the lookout and back.

Due to the remote location and difficulty of access, this is likely only worth the effort if you have a lot of time to spend in Page or as part of a tour with vehicles better-equipped for the journey. Still, the views are unbeatable, particularly at sunset.

When to Visit Alstrom Point

If you are an astrophotographer and self-driving, consider arriving toward the latter evening hours so that you can shoot sunset and the stars, potentially even sleeping overnight and catching sunrise as well!

6. Wahweap Overlook

The view of Lake Powell from Wahweap Overlook is among the best you'll find near Page.
The view of Lake Powell from Wahweap Overlook is among the best you’ll find near Page.

If you do not have the time to do a lot of hiking but want to see as much of Page as possible, one option is to take a scenic drive through Wahweap Recreation Area. There are plenty of places to stop and gawk at the turquoise water of Lake Powell surrounded by a bright-orange landscape.

Of the vistas available, the best one for a panoramic view is at Wahweap Overlook. This spectacular viewpoint provides an elevated perspective of the Lake Powell region that should be on every road trip itinerary.

Picnic tables and shaded sitting areas are available for hungry travelers looking for somewhere special to eat while escaping the desert sun.

When to Visit Wahweap Overlook

As was explained above, a daytime visit with the sun overhead is best for capturing the deep color of Lake Powell.

7. Lone Rock Beach

The silky, orange sand at Lone Rock Beach is photogenic and inviting.
The silky, orange sand at Lone Rock Beach is photogenic and inviting.

Want to spend some time with your toes in the sand in an idyllic setting? A short drive through the Lake Powell region of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area will eventually lead you to Lone Rock Beach. Its name is derived from a not-so-lonely, proudly standing rock formation visible from the shoreline.

This is a popular place for pretty much everyone visiting, from families with kids to weekend partyers. The sand is soft, the sun perpetually out (or so it seems), and the views are unbeatable.

Pack a cooler and bring a camera as Lone Rock Beach will be a place you want to spend some time.

When to Visit Lone Rock Beach

Daytime is great if you want to just relax and enjoy, but sunset and evening golden hours will be the best time for lighting and photography.

8. Glen Canyon Dam Bridge

This photo, taken from the Glen Canyon Dam Bridge, provides some insight as to the unique beauty of Page, Arizona.
This photo, taken from the Glen Canyon Dam Bridge, provides some insight as to the unique beauty of Page, Arizona.

There will always be controversy as to the environmental ethics of creating large dams. But few can gaze at a feat of human engineering like the Glen Canyon Dam without being somewhat impressed.

What’s more, there may not be a more idyllic setting for a dam in the country as the one in Page, AZ.

Ample parking is available both in the Carl Hayden Visitor Center parking area and roadside just before the Glen Canyon bridge. Year-round tours are available, but anyone who is more interested in the photos than in the engineering will get their fill simply admiring the view from the bridge.

If you’re not self-driving, many of the day tours to the area will include a stop by Glen Canyon Dam. You can even witness the dam from the sky with a helicopter tour or from the water with a rafting trip! The tours below all include a stop or views of Glen Canyon Dam:

When to Visit Glen Canyon Dam

Anytime really! I probably wouldn’t waste a sunset or sunrise at the dam as there are just better places to spend these rare moments, particularly at nearby Horseshoe Bend.

9. Hanging Garden Trail

Lush greenery hides below orange rock on the Hanging Lake Trail in Page, AZ.
Lush greenery hides below orange rock on the Hanging Lake Trail in Page.

This heavily-trafficked, 1.2 mile roundtrip stroll delivers explorers to a sight few expect to find at its conclusion; a cliff rich with vegetation clinging to its vertical wall. A spring feeds these clusters which thrive in alcoves and crevices, forming the Hanging Garden.

Water is scarce out here, and the spring absorbs any it can get. Over time, it redistributes this water creating a lush and vibrant ecosystem that will come as a delightful surprise after walking half a mile through the arid desert above Lake Powell.

Few would consider this a must-see in Page, but it should certainly be considered as the hike is very short and the display is quite unusual.

When to Visit Hanging Garden

Morning is best in terms of parking and temperatures, but the light at Hanging Garden may be slightly better in the afternoon for photos.

10. Rainbow Bridge National Monument

A photo of Rainbow Bridge National Monument.
Rainbow Bridge is the largest known natural arch in the world!

If you are touring the American Southwest, you will undoubtedly discover many arches and natural bridges, but Rainbow Bridge is the largest you will find! What’s more, legends from Native American mythology suggest it has been impressing onlookers for thousands of years.

In modern times, this hidden treasure continues to invoke awe from visitors who are able to access it… which is not exactly easy. Rainbow Bridge can only be reached via an extremely lengthy, permit-required hike or by boat.

If you wish to hike to the monument, which is a challenging and multi-day hike, you first need to acquire a permit from Navajo Nation. The hike traverses up and down through canyons and typically takes 3-4 days to complete.

Alternatively, most choose to visit with a quick boat tour. There are many local companies offering various tour packages and departing from different points. Be warned, however, that there will likely be at least a one-mile hike from the dock to the bridge (exact distance changes with the water level).

When to Visit Rainbow Bridge National Monument

The morning or evening golden hours are best, which depends somewhat on whether you are coming by land or water.

As this journey requires some preparation and research, the best thing to do is look at lots of photos and decide if you prefer the view from the land or water, and then figure out when the sun will be lighting the Rainbow Bridge rather than shooting directly into it.

🀫 Secret Things to do in Page, AZ

All of the following hidden gems and secret things to do near Page, AZ can be found within a 1-2 hour drive. While some of these attractions may already be on your itinerary, I promise you will discover some you never knew existed.

Please be respectful of the delicate nature of the region and remember that you are a guest.

11. Secret Antelope Slot Canyon

Secret Antelope Canyon is available by tour only and is a good alternative to Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon for those who do not like crowds.
Secret Antelope Canyon is available by tour only and is a good alternative to Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon for those who do not like crowds.

While the Upper and Lower Antelope Canyons are incredibly well known, there are actually a wide collection of sandstone caverns known as slot canyons that have formed near Page. Of those, one of the least explored is the Secret Antelope Slot Canyon.

You are not allowed to explore the Navajo Nation where most of these slot canyons are without a guide, but one company provides tours to this hidden marvel.

It is debatable if Secret Antelope Canyon offers as diverse a color gamut as the more famous canyons. However, the obvious upside is that you will not have to fight the crowds to get your photos.

Additionally, visitors who make the effort will be amongst very few who have explored this wonder.

If you would like to book a tour, you can find out more using the button below:

12. Rattlesnake Canyon

The natural arches in lesser-known Rattlesnake Canyon make it unique to other slot canyons in Page.
The natural arches in lesser-known Rattlesnake Canyon make it unique to other slot canyons in Page.

Visitors booking a tour of the Upper Antelope Slot Canyon with Adventurous Antelope Canyon Photo Tours can (and should!) book the extended tour with features a stop at a small but impressive secret slot known as Rattlesnake Canyon.

Many consider this the best non-Antelope slot canyon that can be found in the Page region.

In addition to the anticipated wind-carved sandstone, you will also discover two arches within the slot canyon. Landscape photographers should especially consider this bonus tour to come home with something more unique than the same old shots of Antelope that seem to be everywhere at this point.

13. Owl Canyon

Owl Slot Canyon is one of many secret slot canyons near Page that offer similar beauty to the famous Antelope Slot Canyons.
Owl Slot Canyon is one of many secret slot canyons near Page that offer similar beauty to the famous Antelope Slot Canyons.

Another little-known slot canyon that resides in the desert near Page is the hidden gem of Owl Canyon. It gets its namesake from a family of horned owls that call it home, and many visitors have the fortune of seeing them during a tour.

Much like Secret Antelope Canyon, tours are far more limited and crowds far thinner than with the more popular slot canyons.

What makes the sandstone caves so spectacular is the color range and delicate banded striping carved out by wind and sand. In this regard, Owl Canyon rivals any other you will find.

If you are looking for things to do in Page AZ that are off the beaten path and free from the hordes of noisy tourists, consider booking your tour for this local secret instead. More information and reservations can be found at Adventurous Antelope Canyon Tours.

14. Reflection Canyon

Sunrise at Reflection Canyon requires a lot of effort but promises quite a reward!
PC: Michael Castaneda

As beautiful as the sunrise view at Reflection Canyon is, only the truly dedicated will ever get to witness it! The hike to this incredible scene is a 15.2-mile journey through the hot Utah desert. As if that weren’t enough, there is also a 50-mile drive unpaved road to access the trailhead!

All that sounds reasonable? Great, just remember that in order to see the sun rise up over the scene means hiking in the day before and camping out overnight on top of everything.

This probably goes without saying, but this is NOT the hike for inexperienced hikers. If you decide to undertake the trek or want to find out more, I suggest doing your homework to understand all that goes into it.

You will need to download a trail map as it is easy to get lost out there and will need to carefully plan each element of your visit.

While this is not the hike for everyone, the reward is going to be an experience you never forget.

15. The New Wave

Sunset photo of The New Wave in Page, Arizona.
Though not as impressive as the original, The New Wave requires much less effort and is much closer to Page.

You may have heard of the world-class landscape photography destination known as “The Wave”. If not, you will read a lot more about it in the next section of this guide and may recognize the photos from various advertisements.

Unfortunately for most of us, The Wave only allows 20 visitors each day and the permit process requires winning a literal lottery. Luckily, there is a hidden gem near Page known as “The New Wave” which, though smaller and perhaps a bit less impressive, provides a free and easy alternative.

To find The New Wave, simply enter it into Google Maps and you will be led to the trailhead. You can park easily across from the Beehive Campground. From the parking area, the hike is only about 15 minutes and is clearly indicated by rock-lined boundaries.

Expect to find sweeping, wind-carved sandstone formations in an otherworldly landscape. The best part is that its relatively secret status means you are likely to have it mostly to yourself and can explore freely, unlike its better-known counterpart!

β˜€οΈ Best Things to Do NEAR Page, AZ

Up to this point, everything has been located within 15-20 minutes of the city of Page. However, there are even more treasures found within an hour’s drive.

The following suggestions are all things to do outside of Page that can be visited on a day trip. Some may require permits or special arrangements, so be sure to read the descriptions carefully.

16. Bucktank Draw

Bucktank Draw is one of the best secret things to do in Page, AZ and is a must-see at sunset!
Bucktank Draw is one of the best secret things to do in Page, AZ and is a must-see at sunset!

Of all the hidden gems and sandstone marvels I discovered in the region, Bucktank Draw was my favorite. I doubt you will find this little secret in any other travel guide for the region, which only makes a visit more enticing!

If you are looking for things to do near Page that are not already in the guidebooks, put Bucktank Draw at the top of your itinerary!

The easiest way to find this place is to look for the strange rock formations just north of Big Water. There is no official parking area but there is enough space for 2-3 cars to get completely off the road and park up. You will find a fence with access where it meets the rock.

Bucktank Draw is similar to the more popular sandstone formation known as “The Wave” located in Kanab. The good thing about this hidden gem is that it doesn’t require reservations and can be explored freely. And, of course, it’s also nice that you will undoubtedly have the place to yourself!

17. Big Water

Big Water in Utah, just outside of Page, as seen with the setting sun from a drone, reveals a fascinating landscape.
Big Water, just outside of Page, is a fascinating landscape with colors that come alive at sunset.

Most of the interesting landscapes you will discover outside of Page, AZ will be found on the drive North toward Kanab. Among them is a semi-hidden gem that many drive right past without thinking twice, known as Big Water.

While this little town may be unassuming at first glance, there is far more than meets the eye! Particularly for those who have a drone, allowing a bird’s eye view of the otherworldly landscape.

The colors in the photo above occur during early or late light, when the blues deepen in the shadows but the golden hues come alive with the angular kiss of sunlight. While the views from the ground are admittedly not as fantastic as they are from the sky, I still think it is worth a stop!

18. Vermillion Cliffs National Monument

Balanced Rock is a mind-blowing natural miracle located in the Vermillion Cliffs National Monument outside of Page, AZ.
Balanced Rock is a mind-blowing natural miracle located in the Vermillion Cliffs National Monument outside of Page, AZ.

Located along a lonely road heading west from Page is Highway 89A which traces the southern and western borders of Vermillion Cliffs NM.

Nestled amongst this massive expanse are a variety of hidden gems such as The Wave and the Buckskin Gulch Slot Canyons. Very few of the true treasures can be found roadside, unfortunately.

Entire guides can be written on some of the interior marvels, but the most interesting roadside attraction you will discover along the drive is the Balanced Rock Viewpoint.

Millennia of erosion and a drastically changing landscape have created impossibly balanced boulders sitting atop thin support necks, much like a wine glass.

If you have access to a drone or time to hike, it is worth spending some time researching things to see within the Vermillion Cliffs. Otherwise, go for a short drive at least as far out as Lees Ferry Landing and the Balanced Rock just to get a feel for this impressive desert world.

19. Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

The striped, colorful striations of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument are a visual marvel.
The striped, colorful striations of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument are a visual marvel.

Whether by design or by accident, you will inevitably find yourself at least entering the massive region that falls within the boundaries of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.

In fact, the designation of National Monument status for such a large expanse of land has been widely controversial since it occurred in 1996 and it has since shrunk in half.

What is not controversial, however, is that some of the most spectacular arches, canyons, hoodoos, and landscapes on the planet are hidden throughout this enormous expanse.

Even if you are relegated to beholding the grandeur from a moving vehicle without stops, a day trip to enjoy the GSE is worth planning for. There is only so much you can see from the road, but it is guaranteed to impress.

Of course, slow travelers and locals with time to spare should consider researching the area more thoroughly and exploring openly. You could spend a lifetime walking those hills and never stop discovering the endless hidden gems lurking throughout.

20. Toadstool Hoodoos

Night photography at Toadstool Hoodoos with the Milky Way.
Stargazers and astrophotographers will love the Toadstool Hoodoos at night.

One of the best things to do near in between Kanab, Utah, and Page, Arizona is the short hike to a photogenic rock formation known as a hoodoo. You will discover hoodoos throughout the Southwest, but these ones are among the best.

The Toadstool Hoodoos get their name from the toadstool shape. However, what makes them so beautiful is the colorful stratification in the rock layers.

The trailhead is well-signed and easily located just off of Highway 89. Despite arriving at night, I found the trail easy to find and followed the short distance to the hoodoos. In total, the roundtrip hike is only 1.5 miles.

When to go: The Milky Way photography opportunity here is incredible and highly recommended for any visitors interested in night photography. However, the colors and unusual patterns of the area are easier to appreciate during the golden hours.

21. Lees Ferry Landing

Kayakers prepare to access the Colorado River and venture into the Grand Canyon from Lees Ferry Landing.
Kayakers prepare to access the Colorado River and venture into the Grand Canyon from Lees Ferry Landing.

Lees Ferry Landing is the only place near Page, AZ where you can drive to the Colorado River. That is the primary reason for most visits, but photographers also often make the effort to photograph the beautiful scenery and/or the relics of another time.

This historic landmark became a natural border for the state of Arizona and Utah. Its location just upstream from the first rapid and ease of access to the Colorado River made it an important part of the exploration of the American Southwest, particularly in Northern AZ.

In modern times, Lees Ferry Landing is as relevant as ever as the starting point of most Grand Canyon kayaking and water adventures.

Additionally, it is a world-class destination for trout fishing. Even if your visit revolves around a few photos, it is worth the stop to observe the juxtaposition of old, new, and naturally timeless.

22. The Wave / Wire Pass Canyon

The Wave is located across the border but is only an hour from Page and is a must-see for landscape photographers.
The Wave is located across the border but is only an hour from Page and is a must-see for landscape photographers.


Perhaps the most famous, while still being somewhat unknown, destination near Page is a fantastic sandstone formation known as The Wave. It is located in the Coyote Buttes North.

Be warned that you are absolutely required to have a permit to visit this popular site. Permits are only issued via an online lottery system, or a drawing that takes places in the incredible nearby city of Kanab, UT. Permits are extremely difficult to procure but are worth attempting.

Find everything you need to know about The Wave permits at the BLM website that manages them.

While you need a permit for The Wave hike, you only need a day pass for the nearby Wirepass Slot Canyon, also located in the Coyote Buttes. This permit can be arranged onsite for $6 per person or dog. The drive is on an unpaved road that gets a bit bumpy, but can be done with standard 2WD vehicles.

The Wire Pass Slot Canyon is technically the longest slot canyon in the world. But only the most hardcore will go all the way to the end. For most visitors, just walk a mile or so down and you will see the most intriguing part of the canyons.

23. Peek-A-Boo Slot Canyon

Peek-A-Boo Slot Canyon is one of the best in Southern Utah.
Red Canyon, aka, Peek-A-Boo Slot Canyon is one of the best in Utah.

The Peek-a-boo slot canyon is located just north of Kanab in Southern Utah. It is considered one of the Top 10 slot canyons in Utah and makes for an epic adventure!

Reaching Peek-A-Boo requires a long hike through 3 miles of desert (that’s 6-miles roundtrip!) Instead, most visitors choose to hire a local Jeep or UTV guide, eliminating the hike entirely. The two we recommend are:


24. Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park

Sunset fire in the clouds above Coral Pink Sand Dunes in Southern Utah.
Sunset fire in the clouds above Coral Pink Sand Dunes in Southern Utah.

The Coral Pink Sand Dunes are located just outside of Kanab, about 1.5 hours from Page by car. A day trip out to Kanab should be on your Page itinerary as there is so much to see and do along the way, including a stop at these otherworldly sand hills.

Truth be told, the actual coloration of the coral “pink” sand dunes is really more of an orange except during the blue hours of each day when there is no direct sunlight.

Still, it is an interesting thing to witness and a fun place to spend the day sandboarding or just enjoying the scenery.

25. Moqui Sand Caves on HWY 89

Sand Caves near Moqui outside of Kanab.

Driving north along Hwy 89 from Kanab, you will notice some small holes in a rock wall about a quarter-mile before the entrance to Moqui Cave. These small but impressive sand caves require a short but challenging hike, but are truly worth the effort!

Those who are willing and able to make the trip will discover a series of small caves that look out into the desert landscape of Southern Utah and make for interesting photos.

BONUS: Night Photography near Page, AZ

Night Photography from Page, Arizona.
Night Photography is one of the most fun activities you can do in Page.

Page is home to some fantastically dark night skies and incredible sandstone landscapes.

If you are interested in stargazing and/or night photography, one of the most fun things to do is to drive out of the city a short way in any direction and look for interesting foregrounds, such as the one featured above.

🏨 Planning a Visit to Page, AZ

This section focuses on the logistical side of a visit to Page, including information such as where to stay, getting around, and more.

Map of the Best Things To Do in Page, AZ

Below is an interactive Google Map of all the best things to do in Page mentioned in this blog post. Click here on the image below to open the map in a new tab.

Best things to do in Page, AZ map
Map of the best things to do in Page, AZ.

Where to Stay in Page, AZ

Page is considered the center of the Grand Circle, an area of the southwest that includes some of the most spectacular national parks in the country.

As such, it makes a great home base from which to explore the surrounding area or a stop off on a bigger road trip.

Ideally located, the small city of Page has accommodation options to suit every budget from camping to b&bs to upmarket hotels.

Accommodation in Page

The Country Inn & Suites by Radisson and the Wingate by Wyndham Lake Powell are both 3-star hotels within the city with fantastic reviews and at a reasonable price point with prices starting as low as $60 during off season.

You’ll find many other options online, but these two hotels had by far the best reviews and value for money that we could find.

Camping in Page

For those that prefer camping, you will find ample options from extensive BLM land for primitive camping to full hook-up campsites.

There are three NPS run campgrounds that do not require reservations:

  • Lees Ferry Campground
  • Lone Rock Beach Primitive Camping
  • Stanton Creek Primitive Camping Areas
  • Beehives Campground

Amenities vary between sites and seasons, check on the NPS website for more information.

If you require a hook-up, there are a few campsites in the area that offer full hook-ups and are possible. toreserve in advance:

No matter your choice of accommodation, it is certainly worth spending at least one night, if not a few, either in Page or nearby to explore all the many things to do in the area.

πŸ™‹β€β™€οΈ FAQs About the Best Things to Do in Page

Below are answers to the most frequently asked questions from people planning a visit to Page for the first time.

πŸ“Έ Is Page, AZ worth visiting?

Page is perhaps the most noteworthy destination for landscape photographers in the entire state of Arizona! It is a treasure trove of unique desert beauty, slot canyons, and sandstone wonders that draw interest worldwide.

Page is home to the best slot canyons in the world (Antelope Slot Canyons) as well as the iconic Horseshoe Bend Overlook, among other famous destinations!

πŸ˜‡ Is Page safe for tourists?

Tourism is a staple of the local economy and tourists are very welcome in Page. It is a very safe place for visitors to explore, so long as they stick to the trails and guided tours.

Of course, it is never a good idea to wander around the desert or attempt lengthy hikes without proper preparation.

🏜 What is there to do in Page, Arizona?

There are a myriad of natural treasures to explore in Page, with the most famous being the Antelope Slot Canyons, Horseshoe Bend, Glen Canyon, and Lake Powell.

Beyond these famous destinations, nature lovers will find plenty of incredible slot canyons, hikes, and vistas nearby!

β˜€οΈ How many Days do you need in Page?

One day is enough to see the highlights of Page, but you really want at least 2-3 days in Page in order to arrange tours and see all of what there is nearby.

If you only have one day in Page, schedule a morning tour of the Antelope Slot Canyons, explore Lake Powell and Glen Canyon during the day, and end with sunset at Horseshoe Bend.

❓ Which is better, Page or Kanab?

Kanab and Page are both incredible destinations in the southwest, and each make for fantastic home bases as you explore the surrounding desert landscapes. Of the two, Page is the better city in terms of proximity to the top tours, activities, and things to do.

You can find out the Top 25 Best Things to Do in Kanab here.

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Located just 2.5 hours from Page, Arizona is the Grand Canyon North Rim, pictured here at night.
Located just 2.5 hours from Page, Arizona is the Grand Canyon North Rim, pictured here at night.

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This guide focused on the best things to do on a day trip from Page. If you are willing to venture out a bit further, there is endless beauty awaiting, including some of the best National Parks in the country.

If you enjoyed this guide and the photography herein and are exploring the region further, you may want to bookmark or peruse some of our other regional guides to nearby destinations:

πŸ’¬ Final Thoughts on the Best Things to do in Page, AZ

Bucktank Draw is one of the best places to photograph sunset near Page.
As the sun sets on Bucktank Draw, so too does it on this Things to Do in Page guide. Bring extra memory cards; you’ll need them!

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As you can tell, there are more incredible things to do and see near Page than one might expect for such a small and unassuming city! Few Earthly landscapes compare to the incredible desert vistas that you will discover in the heart of Northern Arizona, and Page is the perfect home base for your time exploring.

Please understand that many of these destinations are fragile and located on Navajo land. It is always important to treat our natural treasures with respect, but these delicate places require extra caution. Bring lots of water, sunscreen, and pack out everything you pack in. Additionally, obey all signs and local laws during your visit.

We hope you enjoy your time and found this guide helpful for planning your visit. If you see anything that needs correcting, have any questions, or just want to share some gratitude, please leave us a message in the comments section below!

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Adam Marland is a professional travel blogger and landscape photographer from Oregon. After over a decade of experience as a freelance travel photographer, Adam found national acclaim when he became the National Park Foundation's β€œChief Exploration Officer” in 2021.

11 thoughts on “🏜 25 Epic Things to Do in Page, AZ (+Local Secrets)”

  1. Outstanding information!
    Thank you for all the wonderful ideas, photos & links to this area. It will be very helpful in planning our adventures while staying in the area this winter!

  2. I am incorporating a lot of your suggestions into our February trip to Page. I did want to know about the length of hike and how much time to allow for Bucktank Draw. Your photos of that area are different than any others I have seen so I’m curious if you went further or are just the best photographers on the internet (which I’m guessing is close to the truth) πŸ™‚

    • Hi Renita!! I am so sorry for the late reply, we have been out of the country since New Years!! I hope your trip was AMAZING and that Bucktank Draw lived up to your expectations. I like to think I am one of the better photographers out there, but I also think that location is just unknown and rarely shot!

  3. There is a lot of good information here, thank you for putting it together. I would like to say a couple of things to update conditions: Lake Powell is very low, Lone Rock is in the dry, and very little water around Alstrom Point. Antelope canyons (both upper and lower) have become an absolute circus. No tripods allowed, my friend wanted to take some pictures a little more than a phone snapshot, but he was not allowed to stop (Lower Antelope). They are taking literally a hundred people in with each tour in groups of 10. I am glad I visited when I was able to spend hours on my own, without all this craziness.

    • Thank you so much for your feedback Judy and the useful update on current conditions. That’s interesting to hear that they’re not allowing tripods and it’s become so busy, I’m glad you were still able to enjoy your experience.


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