Extend Your Trip
While our friends flew home after five nights, we extended our trip to seven nights with a side trip to Page, Arizona and the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. Page is a great home base for visiting:
The well-recognized Glen Canyon bend in the Colorado River draws thousands of visitors. Pay $5–$10 to park and walk a 1.5-mile paved out and back trail to see this natural wonder.
Lake Powell Dam
View the dam from the Glen Canyon Dam Overlook, a short 0.2-mile descending trail in Page. Visit the Carl Hayden Visitor Center at the dam (nps.org or lake-powell-country.com) to learn about its history and walk the pedestrian dam bridge.
Lake Powell/Colorado River
There are dozens of ways to enjoy Lake Powell, which at 186 miles end to end looks more like a wide river with steep canyon walls than a lake. You can also book a Colorado River raft float tour from the dam through Horseshoe Bend to Lee’s Ferry and Marble Canyon.
Owned and managed by the Navajo Nation, this slot canyon, on many photographers’ bucket lists, can only be visited with an approved tour company.
Toadstool Hoodoos Trail
One of our favorite adventures 30 minutes into Utah, this easy trail features balanced rock formations that look like giant toadstool mushrooms.
Navajo Bridge / Lee’s Ferry
About 45 minutes from Page, the historic Navajo Bridge crosses Marble Canyon and the Colorado River. Lee’s Ferry, 15 minutes farther (nps.gov), was the only way for travelers to cross the river and canyon in the late 1800s. Today it’s a historic recreation area with old ruins and several great trails.