Where to stay and what to do
Lake Powell bridges Arizona and Utah; the closest major city tothe southern half of the lake is Flagstaff,121 miles south of Page, Arizona. Check out www.lakepowell.com for help inplanning a trip. For information on the Glen Canyon NationalRecreation Area ($15 per vehicle for a seven-day pass), whichincludes the lake and its environs, contact the National Park Service(928/608-6404).
Lake Powell summers are hot, with a July average high of 97 andlow of 71; the best months for recreation are April, May,September, and October. At any time of year, dehydration and flashfloods are potential hazards. Always check the weather forecast andcarry plenty of drinking water, especially when canyon hiking.
Lake Powell and the extravagantly sculpted canyon countrysurrounding it provide a world of recreational opportunities― from thoughtful to thrilling. Most outfitters and suppliersfor the lake's southern half are in Page, at the southwest edge ofthe lake.
HIKING builds customized multiday hikes for groups of two tofour (from $250, including meals and gear; 928/608-0860).
Paria Outposts & Outfitters offers guided backpacking($30 per hour; www.paria.com or 928/691-1047) togeological wonders and prehistoric sites in the PariaCanyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness Area.
HOUSEBOATING provides seven-day rentals ($1,300 to $10,000,depending on boat size and luxury; www.lakepowell.com or800/528-6154).
Lake Powell Resorts & Marinas
MOUNTAIN BIKING arranges guided half-day rides ($25; www.lakesidebikes.net or928/645-2266).
PADDLING offers guided expeditions lasting from four toseven days (from $600; www.hiddencanyonkayak.comor 800/343-3121).
Hidden Canyon Kayak
Lake Powell Kayak Adventures leads half-day to four-dayexpeditions (from $85; www.kayaklakepowell.comor 888/854-7862).
Twin Finn Dive Center offers scuba lessons (from $25) andrental gear (from $45), rental kayaks (from $35), and half-daykayak trips ($95; closed Sun; www.twinfinn.com or928/645-3114).
NATURAL WONDERS Located 3 miles east of Page on State 98,it's a stunning and much-visited slot canyon. Book a guided tour(for details, visit www.navajonationparks.org/htm/antelopecanyon.htmor call 928/698-2808).
Rainbow Bridge National Monument. About 50 miles from GlenCanyon Dam, the monument (www.nps.gov/rabr) is accessibleby boat from Wahweap Marina (928/645-2433) or by strenuous hikingtrails on Navajo land ($5 Navajo Nation hikingpermit required; 928/871-6647).