Writer Joseph J. Airdo // Photography by Joseph J. Airdo
Located in northern Arizona and stretching up into southern Utah, Lake Powell boasts nearly 2,000 miles of shoreline and some of the most spectacular scenery in the west. It is a true paradise for boating, waterskiing, fishing, camping, hiking and exploring the vast Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.
The more than 4-hour drive from the heart of Phoenix to Lake Powell’s southern-most marinas means that an overnight stay in Page is highly recommended — especially if one wants to experience all that the amazing area has to offer.
Just a short drive from Page’s Wahweap Marina, Hyatt Place Page/Lake Powell is the base camp to the Grand Circle’s premier outdoor and adventure destinations, boasting immediate access to 10 national parks, 16 national monuments and more than 20 scenic byways — including Horseshoe Bend and Glen Canyon Dam.
Amenities include an outdoor pool; lounge patio seating with fire pits and scenic views; a complimentary selection of hot breakfast items, fresh fruit and yogurt; a 24-hour gym; a business center; and complimentary Wi-Fi.
The hotel’s signature restaurant, Prickly Pear Kitchen, gives guests a true sense of place and taste of the surrounding region with menu items such as southwestern alfredo — featuring romano and ricotta tortellini, classic alfredo sauce, roasted corn, black beans, queso fresco and cilantro. The restaurant also offers several exciting signature craft cocktails — such as the prickly pear margarita, made with espolon tequila, triple sec, prickly pear pure, citrus sour and black lava salt.
Adventure-seekers may embark on a paddleboarding excursion courtesy of Big Orange Jeep Tours and Rentals — a perfect opportunity to enjoy the sparkling waters of Lake Powell, soak up some sunshine and squeeze in some exercise. Equipment includes life jackets and I-Rocker inflatable, stand-up paddleboards and arrangements may be made by phone, email or directly through the hotel.
Alternatively, adventure-seekers may explore one of the most famed slot canyons in the world courtesy of Ken’s Lower Antelope Canyon Tours, which take guests on a remarkable and enriching trek, led by a Navajo tour guide, immersed in the history and geology of the area. Summer is the perfect time to visit Lower Antelope Canyon, as the season’s high sun causes a ray of light to beam through the naturally eroded red sandstone walls onto the canyon floor, creating a surreal sight.