24 Hours in Page, Arizona
This past November we had the privilege of visiting a new part of the United States that we hadn’t yet explored. Instead of our typical Thanksgiving in New York State, we flew to Las Vegas to begin our road trip through a portion of Arizona. We spent just under 24 hours in Page with the kids. This is a very small city near Lake Powell in northern Arizona. We could have easily spent more time in Page hiking and checking out Lake Powell. But for this trip we only had a day, so we just chose a few top things to see.
Where we Stayed
We are always big fans of Hyatt hotels, mostly because we are loyal World of Hyatt members. But also because they are just typically very clean and great for traveling with kids. So we lucked out that there was a somewhat new Hyatt Place in Page, AZ. Our favorite parts about a Hyatt Place is they have nice pull out sofas so we can spread out in the hotel room easily. And another perk is they include a decent breakfast. This hotel was in a central location in the small town of Page. It was also a great price, we paid less than $100 for the night. Bonus is you have a 50% chance of having a great view if you are on the right side of the hotel too!
What we Did
This one has been on my bucket list for a while, so I knew if we only had 24 hours in Page, it had to be on the list. You have to see it with an organized tour company, so we chose Dixie Lower Antelope Canyon Tours. Kids 7 and under are free for the tour, so it only cost us around $100 for our family of 4. Supposedly tours sell out days in advance, so I totally suggest buying in advance.
For the tour you are split into smaller groups (ours had about 10 people) and you have a designated tour guide. Our tour guide was there to make sure we all knew the rules, and guide us through. Even better, he knew how to get the best pictures while in the canyon! To get down into the canyon you do have to walk down a number of very steep flights of stairs. But it wasn’t anything that my 3 year old couldn’t handle. The do suggest if you are unsure, or afraid of heights to walk backwards down some of the stairs. This advice was super helpful for most of our group members.
The tour is slow moving because there are so many groups walking through. It was a little bit crowded but the slow speed allowed us to take lots of photos. Because this is such a heavily photographed place, no one was rushing anyone along who was taking photos either. Our tour guide would often be the one to tell us which angles would make the best photos!
Horseshoe Bend is found in Glen Canyon and the trail head is just under a mile outside of Page. If you have a short time here, like for us it was only 24 hours in Page, and you want some iconic Instagram pictures, go see Horseshoe Bend. The hardest part of visiting Horseshoe bend was the parking situation. It isn’t super easy to park, just be patient and prepared to walk a bit to the trail head. To get to the viewpoint of horseshoe bend it is was an easy walk just over a half of a mile. We came to visit with our 3 and 7 year old and I was definitely a little nervous near the edge with the kids.
Some of the area has a fence which is nice, but honestly there are many sections that are at your own risk. Luckily we had the grandparents with us who watched my youngest build rock towers near the fenced area. This allowed the rest of us to climb around some rocks for some awesome views.
Where we Ate
Honestly the highly rated restaurant list here is slim to nothing. With just under 24 hours in Page, we chose to have dinner at Big John’s Texas BBQ our first night in town. It was busy so we figured it must be good! Food was pretty good and setting perfectly casual for our family after a few hours in the car.
For way more to do in the area, check out my friend’s blog post on the Lake Powell area: First Time Guide to Lake Powell. You can easily spend more than a mere 24 hours in Page! Next time I return to Page with kids it will have to be in the warmer months so we can also spend some time at this amazing lake!