Lake Powell Water Sports
Lake Powell is actually created by the run-off from the Glen Canyon Dam. It is the second-largest man-made reservoir in the U.S. and feature an incredible 1,900 miles of shoreline. Vacationers from down the street and across the world make their way to Arizona to enjoy the sandy beaches and crystal waters of Lake Powell - and not just sunbathing and swimming. In fact, Lake Powell welcomes boating, kayaking, paddleboarding, waterskiing and jetskiing, and even surfing! Dozens of local outfitters offer equipment rentals as well as speed boat and fishing tours. Browse rates and rental options here.
Perhaps the most exciting camping option in the Page area is on the shores of Lake Powell itself. Lone Rock Beach is located in Wahweap Bay (12 miles north of Page) and offers a magnificent sight of Lone Rock - a solitary rock formation rising from the water. Entry into Lone Rock Beach is $10 per car, and reservations are not required. Though the area is considered primitive camping, there are also toilets, outhouses, cold showers, and RV dumps available for campers to use. Cars may be parked on the beach, but be cautious about getting stuck in the sand. Campers can stay at Lone Rock Beach for up to 2 weeks total.
Navajo Canyon - Chaol Falls
Chaol Falls is a fascinating natural hideaway within Navajo Canyon where hikers can find a waterfall over 40 feet tall as well as ancient cave drawings and even dinosaur footprints! Navajo Canyon can be reached by boat from Antelope Point Marina. Upon disembarking, hikers will make their way through Navajo Canyon and find Chaol Canyon forking off to the right. The walk to the waterfall is approximately 8 miles roundtrip and is considered an advanced hike. There are also many points where hikers will need to wade through water and are advised to wear waterproof shoes or prepare to be barefoot for some of the hike. A permit is not required to hike Chaol Falls.
Labyrinth Canyon is a hidden jewel for hikers and adventurers visiting Page, Arizona. This incredibly narrow slot canyon plunges thirty feet deep in some regions, with knee-deep water covering most of the floor. Because of this, the majority of Labyrinth Canyon must be traversed via kayak or paddle board. Upon reaching the canyon’s entrance (near mile 16 of Padre Bay in Lake Powell) via boat, visitors can kayak or paddle board through the canyon’s depths. The walls become so narrow in places that you can stow your kayak or board in a stone nook and hike the sandy floor on foot. You’ll be walking on soft sand, slippery rock, and wading through several pools of water, so sturdy shoes or walking barefoot is recommended. Life jackets are also required when boating, kayaking, and paddle boarding in Lake Powell and Labyrinth Canyon. Rental options for kayaks, paddle boards, and life jackets can be found here: here
To the end of the canyon and back is about 2 miles and is considered easy to moderate in difficulty.
The Hanging Garden is a magnificent and secret natural treasure amidst the Arizona landscape within the Glen Canyon Recreation Area. Like something from a fairy tale, this short hike leads to a secluded spring nestled into the sandstone and surrounded by lush hanging greenery. You’ll find an amazing variety of plant life including ferns, flowers, grasses, and even orchids. This 1-mile roundtrip hike truly feels like a massive step back in time to the age of the dinosaurs!
Find parking for the Hanging Gardens trail off of Highway 89, .25 miles east of Glen Canyon Bridge. This hike is ranked Easy/Moderate.
Rainbow Bridge National Monument is a massive, naturally-eroded half-circle of stone rising out of the desert landscape. In fact, it is the tallest natural bridge in the world. Rainbow Bridge can be seen quickly and easily from the sky on an airplane tour out of Page; reaching Rainbow Bridge on foot, however, is a different story. There are two hiking trails that lead to Rainbow Bridge, both of which located almost entirely on Navajo territory. One must obtain a permit from the Navajo Parks before hiking to Rainbow Bridge.
Though the hike is only 4 miles round trip, these trails are not designed for novice hikers. Between the rugged maintenance, the sky high summer temperatures, and the sparse trail markers, it is advised that only experienced hikers take on the challenge of reaching Rainbow Bridge. Maps for both trails can be found at the Carl Hayden Visitor Center or online here. This region is also prone to seasonal flash flooding, so check weather conditions before hiking. Do NOT attempt to hike to Rainbow Bridge during a rainstorm. Wary hikers can arrange to have boat transport awaiting at the end of Rainbow Bridge by contacting the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area Concessioner at (928) 645-2433.