Page, Arizona is a geological marvel. This sleepy town near the border of Utah and Arizona has some of the most beautiful natural features in the entire country. From the wavy slots of Antelope Canyon to the gooseneck of Horseshoe Bend and the incredible recreational opportunities on Lake Powell, Page is a highly sought-after place to visit and recreate.
Page is a popular add-on to many southwest road trips. It is a great day trip from the Grand Canyon, Flagstaff, and Sedona. And it’s also super easy to tack on a visit to Page before, after, or during a Utah National Parks road trip.
While you can certainly spend more than 24 hours exploring this beautiful slice of the desert, one day in Page will suffice. One day in Page Arizona will allow you to do all of the spectacular activities and see all of the highlights.
In this guide, I will share with you how to spend a perfect one day in Page, Arizona by giving you a one-day Page itinerary and revealing all of the must-sees and the must-dos of this tiny desert town.
One Perfect Day in Page, Arizona
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One Day Page, Arizona Itinerary
Breakfast at LP Espresso
Nothing beats a small-town, local coffee shop. The food and service are usually exceptional, prices are typically fair, and it’s satisfying to support a small, family-owned business rather than a country-wide chain.
So rise as early as you can, grab a bite to eat and a quick coffee to-go from this cute family-owned coffee shop, and get fueled for a full day of desert adventures!
Go Kayaking on Lake Powell to Antelope Canyon
There are so many fun activities in Page, Arizona, and this is one of my favorites!
Kayaking to Antelope Canyon is a treat. Not only do you get the pleasure of paddling through this amazing slot canyon, but you can actually get out and hike through it, too! No permit, no tour, and no guide necessary.
No tour is required to paddle on Lake Powell and explore Antelope Canyon, but there are tour companies available to guide you if you’d prefer.
Or you can do what we did and rent kayaks from a local outfitter. You will then have the freedom to launch your kayaks, paddle the waters, and explore the slot canyons at your leisure.
The best time to paddle Lake Powell is early in the morning before the lake and slots become overrun with tours, boats, and other kayakers. We paddled around 9 AM on a weekday in March, and the water was as still as glass, and the canyon was extremely quiet. We were the only two on the water aside from one small tour who stayed well ahead of us!
→ READ NEXT: Kayaking to Antelope Canyon: Complete Guide
Lunch at R.D.’s Drive-In
Enjoy some classic diner food like milkshakes, burgers, and fries at this local drive-in.
You’ll need some energy for an afternoon of exploring!
Take a Guided Tour Through Antelope Canyon
If you only have time for one activity in Page, I’d recommend touring Antelope Canyon. This is one of the best things to do in Page!
If you have enough time budgeted, I’d suggest exploring both Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon Tours. As a bonus, you could also explore the new Antelope Canyon X!
To be able to see multiple canyons and weave them seamlessly into your schedule, you’ll need to book your tickets well in advance – I’d suggest at least 4-6 months early. These tours sell out quickly!
So which canyon should you visit? I’ll help you decide by telling you a little bit about each!
Upper Antelope Canyon
Upper Antelope Canyon is the photogenic tour.
This A-shaped slot canyon boasts those iconic light beams and blowing sand that everyone raves about and captures on camera. With a wide bottom and a narrow ceiling, this canyon is cooler, darker, and less claustrophobic than the Lower Canyon.
But it is more expensive and more likely to sell out faster than the Lower Canyon tours.
PRO TIP: Visit Upper Antelope Canyon between 10:30 AM-1:00 PM to get the best photo of the light beams.
Lower Antelope Canyon
Lower Antelope Canyon is the adventurous tour.
This V-shaped slot canyon is exciting to walk and climb through with its twisty passageways and complex ladders. Wide at the top and narrow at the base, the Lower Canyon feels a bit tighter, warmer, and brighter than the Upper.
If you don’t like to climb ladders, you have difficulty physically exerting yourself, or you are claustrophobic, I’d skip this tour.
Antelope Canyon X
Antelope Canyon X is the newest and quietest slot canyon tour.
This X-shaped slot canyon is the newest and quietest in Antelope Canyon’s collection. As you descend into the deepest part of Antelope Canyon, you’ll likely notice that Canyon X resembles features of both the Upper and Lower Antelope Canyons.
With the Upper’s awe-inspiring pillars of light and the Lower’s adventurous steepness, you won’t want to miss touring through Antelope’s newest canyon, X!
Hike to Horseshoe Bend
Horseshoe Bend, a meander in the Colorado River, is one of the most famous natural features in the southwest. To view this infamous gooseneck, you’ll either have to paddle to it or hike to it.
To get to the overlook, drive 5 miles south of Page on US Highway 89. Don’t worry, there will be plenty of signs telling you where to go.
Cars, trucks, SUVs, RVs, and motorhomes will be charged $10 USD to park at the lot beside the trailhead. Motorcycle drivers will only have to pay $5 USD.
Make sure you are always following Leave No Trace outdoors! This includes on the water, in the canyons, and on the trails.
The hiking trail from the parking lot to Horseshoe Bend Overlook is approximately 0.7 miles, making it about a 1.5-mile roundtrip hike. The trail is rated as moderately difficult due to its harsh exposure. It takes most people 15-20 minutes to hike to the overlook – note this is one-way.
Make sure to bring plenty of water with you (at least a liter) and wear sun protection as the trail is almost entirely exposed. Many succumb to heat exhaustion on this trail; don’t fall victim to this!
→ READ NEXT: 10 Things to Know About the Horseshoe Bend Hike
Post-Hike Tacos and Margaritas at Fiesta Mexicana
Fiesta Mexicana is one of my favorite Mexican restaurants that I’ve ever been to. The food is delicious, and the service is exceptional.
It is a small chain of family-owned Mexican restaurants sprinkled around Arizona, Colorado, and Utah.
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