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Page is a city in Coconino County, Arizona, United States, near the Glen Canyon Dam and Lake Powell. According to 2005 Census Bureau estimates, the population of the city is 6,794.

Unlike other cities in the area, Page was created in 1957 to house workers and their families during the construction of nearby Glen Canyon Dam on the Colorado River. Its 17-square-mile (44 km2) site was obtained in a land exchange with the Navajo Indian tribe. The city is perched atop Manson Mesa at an elevation of 4,300 feet (1,300 m) above sea level and 600 feet (180 m) above Lake Powell.

After the dam was completed in the 1960s, the city grew steadily to today's population of 6,800. Because of the new roads and bridge built for use during construction, it has become the gateway to the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and Lake Powell, attracting more than 3 million visitors per year. Page is also the home of two of the largest electrical generation units in the western United States. Glen Canyon Dam has a 1,288,000 kilowatts capacity when fully online. The other power plant to the southeast is the Navajo Generating Station, a coal-fired steam plant with an output capability of 2,250,000 kilowatts.

Antelope Canyon   by Paula Radmall

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Antelope Canyon is the most popular and the most visited place in the LeChee district of the Navajo Nation, near Page, Arizona. Although the LeChee district hosts a number of slot canyons, the Antelope Canyon slots--Upper Antelope and Lower Antelope--is by far the most popular. People from around the globe love to visit this beautiful place, and capture amazing scenes in their cameras!

Detail of Antelope Canyon Floor, Page, USA
Detail of Antelope Canyon Floor, Page, USA
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Upper Antelope, also known as The Corkscrew, isn't as long and deep as many other slot canyons, but it is amazingly beautiful. It is also one of the easiest slot canyons to visit, because you can drive right up to the entrance and the ground is even and leveled. During summer--tourist season in the slot canyon--you are need to be cooperative and patient and helpful to others in order to enjoy the time, because it is overcrowded and is sometimes frustrating.

On the other hand, Lower Antelope is a long, deep, and more challenging slot canyon--entry is through a slit in the rocks, uneven and rocky ground. Only the first third of the slot canyon is open for tourists, and is the easiest to travel. Other two sections, i.e., the middle and the last sections, are more rugged with sharp drop offs, and require serious rope work. You must take care while in the slot canyon, and never go in if there are predictions for rain in the region, as it will be very risky.

Hiking and camping is allowed only through a valid permit, as the Antelope Canyon lies under the Navajo lands. A separate permit is required for entry into Upper Antelope Canyon and Lower Antelope Canyon; this permit has to be purchased from the Antelope Canyon Unit Office. You will need to keep copy to keep alongwith you during the visit.

Slot Canyon Near Page, Antelope Canyon, Arizona, USA
Slot Canyon Near Page, Antelope Canyon, Arizona, USA
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You will have to pay a nominal fee to get a permit for hiking--$5 per person per day. An additional amount of $2.50 per person per night will be charged for permitted camping; however, it is restricted to some specified areas. Sometimes, during a particular period of the year, you are required to be accompanied by a licensed tour guide, which is an additional cost.

While planning a trip to Antelope Canyon, you must be aware of the weather conditions, because if the weather is stormy you will not be permitted to enter due to the danger of flood.


About the Author - Paula Radmall is an outdoor enthusiast as well as an author and editor for Paula enjoys the camping and hiking.
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Best Western at Lake Powell, Page
The Best Western at Lake Powell is your ideal lodging choice in the Page-Lake Powell area. Our hotel is located just minutes from beautiful Lake Powell and the Glen Canyon Dam in Page, Arizona. Our Lake Powell Hotel offers boaters and vacationers the convenience of a central location in the heart of Page surrounded by shops, galleries, museums, restaurants and tour outfitters, with ample parking for boats and RVs. The Best Western at Lake Powell is the perfect base camp for visits to surrounding Grand Circle destinations: Monument Valley, Bryce Canyon, Canyon De Chelly, Zion National Park, and Grand Canyon!
Courtyard by Marriott Lake Powell, Page
The Courtyard Page is located one mile from Fort Myers/Page Airport. Situated amongst one of the most beautiful landscape in the Southwest, this property is as impressive as the canyons that surround it. Glen Canyon Dam, the Colorado River, Bryce Canyon, Zion National Park and the Grand Canyon are all within proximity to this wonderful hotel. The Courtyard's golf course is both breathtaking and challenging, providing a great place for lovers of the game to perfect their skills. A fully-equipped exercise room, heated outdoor pool and whirlpool will help you work up a sweat or relax after a long day. The hotel's gorgeous courtyard area is also a great location for relaxation. Guest rooms are beautifully appointed in an inviting Southwest décor.
Days Inn Page
The Days Inn and Suites Lake Powell is eight miles from Lake Powell, with panoramic views of the lake, Glen Canyon Dam and the Vermillion Cliffs that line the Colorado River. Guests have access to local outdoor adventures such as flight-seeing tours of the Lake Powell area and Colorado River float trips below Glen Canyon Dam. Amenities at the Lake Powell Days Inn and Suites include complimentary continental breakfasts, complimentary newspapers, cable televisions and in-room data ports. 
Lake Powell Resort, Page
Located within Glenn Canyon National Recreation area on Lake Powell. Resort offers spectacular lake views and beach/water activities. Airport shuttle service as well as spacious parking for boats, motor coaches and RVS is available. Amenities include two outdoor heated pools, jacuzzi, swim beach, fitness center, trails, restaurant serving contemporary southwest cuisine, pizza restaurant, coffee bar, lounge, meeting rooms, interpretive programs, boat tours, colorado river float trips, power boat and jet-ski rentals, houseboat rentals, marinas and more. Pet friendly rooms are available.
Linda's Lake Powell Condos near Page
Overlooking spectacular Lake Powell, these modern studio condos are located in Greenehaven, Arizona just a few miles from Lone Rock Beach, in the middle of what is called the Grand Circle, national parks like the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon are all just day trips from Lake Powell. On-site amenities include a 10-person spa and complimentary parking. 
Quality Inn at Lake Powell, Page
Welcome to Quality Inn at Lake Powell. Enjoy breathtaking views from a hilltop location overlooking Glen Canyon Dam and Lake Powell, and adjacent to a championship golf course. Cruise the sparkling blue waters of Lake Powell, set amid towering, red-rock canyon walls, and visit mystical Rainbow Bridge. After a wonderful day of adventure and exploration, take a cool dip in the outdoor pool. We have 129 spacious guest rooms that are sure to meet your every need. Amenities include a coffee/tea maker, Internet access, complimentary newspaper, and cable television. Comfortable facilities and convenience are qualities that you will come to expect when you stay as a guest of Quality Inn at Lake Powell. 
Super 8 Page
Located 15 miles from the Page Municipal Airport and minutes from the beautiful shores of Lake Powell, the Super 8 Motel Page/Lake Powell Area in Page, Ariz., is an ideal destination for budget-conscious business and leisure travelers. Guests can enjoy the multi-hued landscaped splendor of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument or indulge in a Colorado River tour. The three-story Super 8 Motel Page/Lake Powell Area invites guests to enjoy the outdoor pool and spa tub. The hotel provides daily complimentary continental breakfasts and an array of area restaurants offers guests several dining options. Guests are invited use the computer with high-speed Internet access located in the hotel's lobby. 
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