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Located just 2 miles (3.2km) away from Lake Powell, the city of Page, Arizona, is by itself a source of things to do when visiting Lake Powell. Page has numerous stores, restaurants, churches and museums, in addition to hotels and motels to stay as an introduction before heading up to the lake.

Glen Canyon Dam is sitting on Page so once you arrive to the city either by road or by air from Phoenix, the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area is the first welcome to the area, located at 691 Scenic View Drive, phone (928) 608-6200. This beautiful park surrounds the immense Lake Powell, and is operated by the National Parks Service.

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area (NRA), including Lake Powell and all its associated marinas are open year round, excepting Hite. This recreational area offers unrivaled opportunities for backcountry recreation and water-based activities, including boating, fishing, swimming, camping, four-wheel drive trips and backcountry hiking.

Because Glen Canyon NRA stretches for hundreds of miles from Lees Ferry in Arizona to the Orange Cliffs of southern Utah, there is always something new to do, encompassed with the scenic vistas of its geologic wonders. Through the recreation area there are several visitor centers providing brochures and maps with all of them providing handicapped access.

Rainbow Bridge National Monument is located in the San Juan County, within the Navajo Reservation in Page, Arizona. This is the world's largest natural bridge with the form of a petrified rainbow, nearly as high as the Statue of Liberty, and with 300,000 people from around the world visiting the monument every year.

American Indian tribes consider Rainbow Bridge sacred, so please respect the cultures to whom it is sacred and visit it with a spirit that honors their beliefs. At this region you can hike but Rainbow Bridge is a separate unit of the National Park Service, under the Navajo Nation and some regulations apply. Call at (520) 608-6404 for further information.

In addition, Rainbow Bridge was declared a National Monument in 1910, so the permitted activities are smaller than for the recreation area. At this point, you have to be aware of the things that you cannot do, such as walk up or under the bridge, disrupting its Indian religious significance, or engage in traditional water-based recreation activities.

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Swimming, fishing, water skiing and sailing, among other water activities, are not allowed anywhere within the Rainbow Bridge National Monument. Backpacking is allowed on the Navajo Mountain trail, but requires an appropriate permit available from the Navajo Nation in Window Rock, Arizona.

Backpacking in the Escalante or Orange Cliffs, is another of the things that you can do without needing a permit. These regions are ideal for exploring Lake Powell's numerous side canyons by boat. The Vermilion Cliffs National Monument is another great 294,000-acre monument in an unspoiled remote area on the Colorado Plateau in northern Arizona.

Located east of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, this geological treasure has elevations ranging from 3,100 to 6,500 feet, including Vermilion Cliffs, Coyote Buttes, Paria Plateau, and the Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness. Breathtaking scenic views and the opportunity to view wildlife and California Condors makes it worth a visit to this monument.

Other must see places with lots of things to do are:

Antelope Canyon/Lake Powell Tribal Park,

Antelope Canyon Park Office

P.O. Box 4803, Page, Arizona 86040

Phone (928) 698-2808

Canyon carved from the Navajo sandstone naturally in the course of thousands of years, considered a sacred region and one of the most tranquil places on earth.

Navajo Fish & Wildlife Department,

P.O. Box 1480, Window Rock, Arizona 86515

Phone (928) 871-6451

A things to do list is not complete without the contact information for getting the permits needed at the Navajo Nation's recreations.

Navajo Village Heritage Center, 

P.O. Box 2464, Page, Arizona 84060

Phone (928) 660-0304

An exciting family-oriented adventure to meet Navajos and learn about their culture, traditions and oral history, different to that of the Europeans or the actual history books. Navajos say that they were in the region "discovered" by Spanish explorers searching for the fabled "Seven Cities of Gold", the rest of this history and what happened to the Anasazi Indians await you when visiting this center..

John Wesley Powell Museum,

6 North Lake Powell Blvd., Page, Arizona 86040

Phone (928) 645-9496, 888-597-6873

This is the only history museum in Page, featuring a replica of the boat used by Major John Wesley Powell on the Colorado River expedition of the19th century, origin of the Lake Powell region. This boat was featured in the Disney Movie "Ten Who Dared."

Other points of interest include the Glen Canyon Dam and the Lonely Dell Ranch Historic District, featuring a log cabin associated with John D. Lee, after whom Lees Ferry is named.

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