There are more things to do in Page, AZ than 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 myriad of other incredible landscapes and natural works of art that are worth exploring.
This aims to be the most comprehensive guide to the Northern Arizona city of Page that you will find anywhere on the internet. That is not hyperbole; I have scoured other pages and none are as complete as what you will find below. This travel guide to Page includes not only photographic inspiration and guidance for visiting the most popular sights but a collection of hidden gems as well.
In addition to all of the best things to do in Page, you will find a bonus section detailing some of the best things to do nearby as well as a map featuring all the locations we mention. All we ask of you, our dear readers, is that you are mindful of the delicate landscape that you will be exploring and treat the local land with the respect you would treat the local people.
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Most Popular Things to Do in Page, AZ
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. Antelope Slot Canyon (Upper and Lower)
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!*
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 popular tour options for visiting the slot canyons are listed below:
- Antelope Canyon: Entry Ticket to Upper, Lower or Canyon X
- From Las Vegas: Antelope Canyon & Horseshoe Bend Tour with Pickup
- From Flagstaff or Sedona: Antelope Canyon Full-Day Tour
- From Scottsdale: Antelope Canyon & Horseshoe Bend Day Tour
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: 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.
2. Horseshoe Bend
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: 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.
3. Lake Powell & Glen Canyon Recreation Area
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. There are a few tours that offer different flight options at various price points:
- Lake Powell & Horseshoe Bend 30–Minute Air Flight
- Lake Powell & Horseshoe Bend Air and Tower Butte Helicopter Landing
- From Las Vegas: Full Day Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend Expedition including Scenic Flight
When to visit: 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.
4. Alstrom Point
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: 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!
5. Wahweap Overlook
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: As was explained above, a daytime visit with the sun overhead is best for capturing the deep color of Lake Powell.
6. Lone Rock Beach
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: 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.
7. Glen Canyon Dam Bridge
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:
- Horseshoe Bend Helicopter Flight: Amazing views of Lake Powell, the Colorado River, Glen Canyon Dam, and the famous Horseshoe Bend
- From Las Vegas: Antelope Canyon & Horseshoe Bend Tour with Pickup
- From Sedona or Flagstaff: Horseshoe Bend & Antelope Canyon X Tour
- Grand Canyon: Glen Canyon and Horseshoe Bend Raft Trip
When to visit: 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.
8. Hanging Garden Trail
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: Morning is best in terms of parking and temperatures, but the light at Hanging Garden may be slightly better in the afternoon for photos.
9. Rainbow Bridge National Monument
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: 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.
10. Secret Antelope Slot Canyon
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 without a guide, but one company provides private 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 do so on their website via the link below:
11. Rattlesnake Canyon
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.
12. Owl Canyon
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.
13. Reflection Canyon
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 sound 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 at 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.
14. The New Wave
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 lead to the trailhead. You can park easily across from the Beehive Campground. From the parking area, the hike in 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!
Things to do near Page, AZ
Everything up to this point has been located within 15-20 minutes of the city of Page. However, there are even more treasures found within an hour drive. In fact, an entire guide could be written on all there is to see near Kanab which is located only slightly more than an hour away.
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.
15. Bucktank Draw
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!
16. Big Water
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!
17. Vermillion Cliffs National Monument
Located along a lonely road heading west from Page is Highway 89A that 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.
18. Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
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.
19. Toadstool Hoodoos
In between Kanab, Utah, and Page, Arizona is a 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 follow 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.
20. 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.
21. The Wave / Wire Pass Canyon
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 which has to be awarded via an online lottery, or in-person lottery in Kanab, Utah. 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 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.
22. Night Photography in Page, AZ
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.
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.
Where to Stay in Page
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 homebase 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.
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.
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:
- Wahweap RV & Campground
- Bullfrog RV & Campground
- Halls Crossing RV & Campground
- Page Lake Powell Campground
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.
Other Regional Guides
This guide focused on the best things to do within an hour’s drive of 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:
- Utah Slot Canyons Comprehensive Guide
- Grand Canyon North Rim Guide (2.5 hours / 124 miles from Page).
- South Rim Grand Canyon One Day Itinerary(2.5 hours / 131 miles from Page).
- Grand Canyon Photography Guide (includes locations for both North Rim and South Rim!)
- Zion to Bryce Canyon Road Trip Guide (discover all the must-see sights in between these mighty parks!)
Coming soon, we will also be adding the following guides:
- Things to do in Kanab, Utah (1h 15m / 75 miles from Page… coming soon!)
- Zion National Park Guide (1h 45m / 104 miles from Page… coming soon!)
- Bryce Canyon National Park Guide (2h 45m / 150 miles from Page… coming soon!)
- Ultimate Southwest Road Trip (coming soon!)
Final Thoughts on the Best Things to do in Page, AZ
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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