Right – just leaving the North Rim of the Grand Canyon and heading to Page, AZ for our next National Park visit.
And what a beautiful drive it was!! Most of it was a very scenic drive along the Vermillion Cliffs, –
across the Colorado River
up a couple of ‘hills’
and then down into Page, AZ.
Page is a fairly new city, having been founded and then developed only during the building of the Glen Canyon Dam.
And of course, the dam created Lake Powell, which is a huge recreation (boating, camping, hiking, etc.) area.
Now we didn’t take in ALL there was to do the area, but we gave it our best (scratching the surface style) shot!
There was the Dam Tour –
which was made all the more interesting by our tour guide, who was a Page ‘native’ and had lots of stories from ‘back in the day’. Like when he and his buddies would cut school and explore the inner tunnels of the dam, before security shut that down. (He was also a retired policeman, so that added a bit of interest too!)
We took in one fairly long hike to find some “slot canyons”.
It was not only a beautiful drive to GET to the hike –
(more of those beautiful Vermillion Cliffs)
but since the hike was through a “wash’, there wasn’t much of an elevation change to deal with (our nemesis!).
Although the slot canyons at the end of our Wire Pass hike were probably not as impressive as perhaps the more well known Antelope Canyon (Wire Pass – Free. Antelope – almost $100 for the two of us), we certainly were impressed!
We absolutely love the sculpture of these rock walls
A wonderful reminder of the creative beauty of our God! (And the power of moving water!!!)
We checked out a bit of lake shore camping,
(maybe next time!)
enjoyed another short hike
and just generally enjoyed the beauty of the day.
As the sun was beginning to sink and hoping to catch the sunset, we checked out another highly recommended (and short) hike – Horseshoe Bend.
We were not alone in our thought process!
(I confess – this picture really cracks me up!! And – they are ALL too close to the edge!!!)
I guess I’ve seen more beautiful sunsets –
but I don’t know that I’ve ever seen more people hoping it would be (more beautiful)!
So that about wraps up our time at the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. There was so much to see and do here (not to mention that it might have been nice just to sit on the beach and stare at that lake) that it might warrant a trip back! But for now – it was pack ‘er up and move on down the road. Still to come – Four Corners, Mesa Verde, Hovenweep, and the Petrified Forest.
Next time, okay?
I’m sure you can understand my distractions!
Oh – and if you’d like to see some additional photos from our time in and around Page, Arizona, you can check them out HERE!