Monday, October 10, 2011

Page Two

Lone Rock, near Page, AZ, is a beautiful place to stay. And now that I'm old, I get in for free, and camping is only $5 per night.


Unfortunately, it's gotten a lot more crowded since I was first here 10 years ago.


But I managed to get away from the crowd and had a lovely view of Lone Rock. There is a lot to see and do in the Page area, and this is a good place to stay while exploring. (No, that's not my boat...)


A little south of town is Horseshoe Bend, where the Colorado River winds through Marble Canyon.


You can take a 5-hour raft trip through Marble Canyon to Lee's Ferry, and you can stop to use the facilities right where the Bend is. I thought about taking the trip, but it was really hot while I was there. Next time!


One thing I hadn't done before was take a tour of Glen Canyon Dam. The town of Page did not exist before the dam was built in the late 1950s. This turbine is one of the 8 original installed in the dam.


We got to walk out on the dam, lean over the edge, and take pictures.


Under the bridge you can see the blue raft boats that go down the canyon. Are you wondering how you get to them? There is a 2-mile long tunnel that starts on the other end of town and ends here.


Then we went down an elevator to see the dam's power plant.


Inside we saw the 8 generators. The one in the foreground was being rebuilt.


Now, a couple things I forgot to say in the last 2 posts. While I was in Virginia, my grandson, Jonathan, celebrated his 4th birthday.


And several people commented that they didn't think they could handle the ladders in Lower Antelope Canyon. I forgot to say that Upper Antelope Canyon is level, and only a short walk. It costs even more, but is still worth it, if that's your only option.

10 comments:

Jim and Sandie said...

We are in Kanab right now. Thinking of spending a couple of days in Page. I want to see Horseshoe Bend and Marble Canyon. There's just so much I want to see and we need to get to AJ so we can drop off the boat and get some work done on our hitch. Maybe we can go back to Page after our Rally over Halloween week-end. Who knows.

Sue and Doug said...

great photos today Diana!...your parking spot looks pretty nice!..too bad it gets so crowded!!

E Squared and Mui said...

Isn't the Glen Canyon Dam something else? It was the first dam we ever visited and it kind of stuck with us. Our one and only visit to Lake Powell was in March 1984 ... Lone Rock was lone indeed back then. I'm sure you've been to Rainbow Bridge, but if not; highly recommended. I can't wait to go back so I can have photos that are not digitally scanned from our old 35-mm prints ... can't believe we took 11 rolls of pictures on that 3-day trips!!!

Jim and Gayle said...

Can't believe all the people at Lone Rock. We've only been in the winter when hardly anyone was there.
If you don't want to pay for a guided hike at Antelope Canyon, nearby Water Holes Canyon is similar and you can hike it unescorted. http://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=749

Kevin and Ruth said...

What great pictures. Love the one of the giant rock island with the river flowing around. That campground looks pretty busy though, glad you found a spot a little further away.

Kevin and Ruth
www.travelwithkevinandruth.com

Paul and Marti Dahl said...

I visited Page and the Glen Canyon Dam area in 1973 when I did a cross country trip on my motorcycle. There used to be a KOA just north of the dam and I still remember sleeping outside of my tent just enjoying all the stars.

Barbara and Ron said...

I want to do that raft trip too! Maybe we can go together.

Sondra said...

OH that raft trip would be a great one I bet...I really like page we stayed there 4 days and had fun exploring the area...there is LOTs to do there...BOY that camp ground if FULL standing room only...Happy 4th to Jonathan

The Ramblin RiverCat said...

I always enjoy your pictures. You're a good photographer!

ourtakeonfreedom said...

Hey hey - what's this "old" thing you're talking about?