1 Day in Page, Arizona
Page may not be the biggest city in Arizona, but it is home to some pretty incredible sights! And with the rise of social media, it has become a hot spot for adventurers looking to explore slot canyons, lakes, and other natural wonders. Page was the last big stop on our Arizona getaway and full of a couple bucket list items for us and it definitely met our high expectations. We had such a fun day exploring the area and are so excited to share this 1 day guide to Page with all of our favorite activities, plus some ideas if you’re able to stay longer!
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Where to Stay
The nice thing about Page is that it’s quite a bit cheaper than some of the other cities in Arizona that we visited during our trip. We highly recommend booking an Airbnb in Page so you can cook some meals, but there are a handful of nice and new hotels too!
- Option #1: This is where we stayed and we LOVED it! It was our favorite Airbnb of the whole trip. It’s super nice on the inside and has an amazing backyard with a grill and space to hang out!
- Option #2: Two words: HOT TUB!
- Option #3
- Option #4
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All of these hotels have free breakfast included, which is awesome because there aren’t a ton of dining options in Page.
Getting There + Around
Page is about 4 hours from Las Vegas and Phoenix, so depending on where else you plan to adventure, you could fly into either airport. You’ll definitely need to rent a car to get there and to get around, but it’s 100% worth the driving!
- Start your morning with breakfast and coffee! As we mentioned above, there aren’t a ton of restaurant options in Page, so we opted to make our own breakfast and coffee at our Airbnb, but you could also go to Ranch House Grille if you don’t feel like cooking or if you don’t want to eat at your hotel.
- Head to Antelope Canyon! This is one of the most popular things to do in Page and there are a few things to know beforehand.
- You have to take a tour to explore the canyon, which isn’t super cheap (~$40+ a person), and you need to make reservations.
- The famous portions of the canyon are Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon. These are located in the same area and you can either visit both or choose one. This company runs tours in the Upper Canyon and both Dixie Ellis and Ken’s run tours in the Lower Canyon. Lower Canyon tends to be less crowded, but Upper Canyon is more popular due to the famous light beams during a certain time of the day. Regardless of which you choose, they are both very crowded.
- Because of the crowds for the traditional Antelope Canyon tours, we decided to try a different tour instead, called Canyon X. It is the beginning part of Antelope Canyon, so the experience and look of the canyon is very similar. We had heard that the tours were much smaller and wayyy less crowded, they let you explore a little on your own, and you could get photos without people in them more easily. While we can’t compare it to the two more popular tours, we highly recommend checking out Canyon X instead!
- There is no guarantee that you’ll see light beams during your visit. This depends a lot on the weather. BUT, the best time to go for the chance to see the beams is between 11:30 AM-1 PM on a sunny day. Some tours charge more for this time slot as well. Our opinion: don’t plan your whole day around the light beams. Even without light beams the canyon is incredible!
- For lunch, either enjoy a packed lunch or grab lunch at Birdhouse (closed Sundays) or Big John’s Texas BBQ.
- If you have time after lunch, spend a few hours kayaking or stand up paddleboarding on Lake Powell! We recommend checking out this company for your rentals and they’ll even make a soft car rack for you so you can take the kayaks/SUPs down to the lake in any car. Note: they close at 6 PM and you need 3-4 hours to truly experience Lake Powell, so plan accordingly!
- Enjoy sunset at Horseshoe Bend, another crazy popular (and beautiful) spot in Page. It gets very busy here, so be prepared to share the space with a lot of people, but the views of the river and rocks are gorgeous and worth battling the crowds. If you want to experience less crowds and an equally incredible experience, go at sunrise instead. We did this and it was magical!
- For dinner you have a few options. You can either cook at your Airbnb (if applicable) or go eat at El Tapatio or State 48 Tavern (closed Tuesdays). However, if you want dinner and a show, head to Into the Grand (closed Sundays), a dining experience where you get to learn stories and history of the Navajo People, see Native American Drumming, Singing, Flute playing, and a Native American dance performance.
If you have extra time…
There’s sooo much to do in the areas surrounding Page! Some of these suggestions are a bit farther than others, but worth looking into if you have an extra day or two!
- Wander around the Toadstool Hoodoos or Studhorse Point
- Try to get a permit for The Wave. This is a very neat place, but incredibly challenging to get a permit for (we tried…and failed 🙁 )
- Make the trek to Rainbow Bridge National Monument. The best way to get to this spot is by boat. The other option is to backpack and you need a permit.
- Rent a boat to go on Lake Powell!
- Visit the Glen Canyon Dam and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
- Tour Water Holes Canyon
- Drive 2 hours to Monument Valley
- Soak up the views from Wahweap Overlook
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