Visit Lake Powell

Where to stay and what to do
Lawrence W. Cheek

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Lake Powell bridges Arizona and Utah; the closest major city to the southern half of the lake is Flagstaff, 121 miles south of Page, Arizona. Check out www.lakepowell.com for help in planning a trip. For information on the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area ($15 per vehicle for a seven-day pass), which includes 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 and low of 71; the best months for recreation are April, May, September, and October. At any time of year, dehydration and flash floods are potential hazards. Always check the weather forecast and carry plenty of drinking water, especially when canyon hiking.

RECREATION

Lake Powell and the extravagantly sculpted canyon country surrounding it provide a world of recreational opportunities ― from thoughtful to thrilling. Most outfitters and suppliers for the lake's southern half are in Page, at the southwest edge of the lake.

HIKING builds customized multiday hikes for groups of two to four (from $250, including meals and gear; 928/608-0860).

Backcountry Adventures

Paria Outposts & Outfitters offers guided backpacking ($30 per hour; www.paria.com or 928/691-1047) to geological wonders and prehistoric sites in the Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness Area.

HOUSEBOATING provides seven-day rentals ($1,300 to $10,000, depending on boat size and luxury; www.lakepowell.com or 800/528-6154).

Lake Powell Resorts & Marinas

MOUNTAIN BIKING arranges guided half-day rides ($25; www.lakesidebikes.net or 928/645-2266).

Lakeside Bikes

PADDLING offers guided expeditions lasting from four to seven days (from $600; www.hiddencanyonkayak.com or 800/343-3121).

Hidden Canyon Kayak

Lake Powell Kayak Adventures leads half-day to four-day expeditions (from $85; www.kayaklakepowell.com or 888/854-7862).

Twin Finn Dive Center offers scuba lessons (from $25) and rental gear (from $45), rental kayaks (from $35), and half-day kayak trips ($95; closed Sun; www.twinfinn.com or 928/645-3114).

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.htm or call 928/698-2808).

Antelope Canyon.

Rainbow Bridge National Monument. About 50 miles from Glen Canyon Dam, the monument ( www.nps.gov/rabr) is accessible by boat from Wahweap Marina (928/645-2433) or by strenuous hiking trails on Navajo land ($5 Navajo Nation hiking permit required; 928/871-6647).

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