We took a 10-day road trip exploring the from Phoenix to Las Vegas about two years ago. In short, I will say it was a truly an amazing trip. The entire road trip took a total of 9 days and brought us to a number of National Parks and National Monuments. There were so many amazing site on this trip.
We left after work on a Friday night and headed to Phoenix, Arizona where our group of 11 picked up two mini-vans and headed to our hotel for the night. Then on to the adventure the next day to Sedona, The Grand Canyon, Zion National Park and The Painted Desert. The entire trip was 8 days and was amazing.
One Day Stood Out
One day on the trip stood out from the rest although we saw many fabulous spots along the way. I planned a flat water rafting trip for us in Glen Canyon from one of our overnights in Page, AZ. Page, Arizona sits on the banks of Lake Powell. Lake Powell is this countries second largest man made lake right after Lake Mead. Both are created by Dams with the former being the Glen Canyon Dam and the latter being the Hoover Dam.
Upon arriving in Page we checked in to the Best Western View of Lake Powell. The staff could not have been nicer and more accommodating. They actually had our rooms ready for us as they knew we were coming in early. I had pre-arranged early check-in for our group of 5 rooms (a triple and 4 doubles). The rooms were nicely appointed and the beds were comfortable. I also can recommend the showers and the towels. Those are extremely important to me in hotels, not sure if they matter to you. The rooms had very nice views.
We quickly dropped our bags and ran to grab a bite to eat for lunch. We found an awesome BBQ place. It was called Big John’s Texas BBQ. If you like BBQ and don’t need a super fancy place, this is the place for you. I had the pulled pork. My hubby had the brisket. No one in our group was disappointed and that isn’t always easy. So delish!
Viewing Lake Powell
We took a Dinner Cruise on Lake Powell the first night in Powell. The cruise was a great way to see the lake and to hang out and relax with our group. It wasn’t overly crowded in the Summer and the ride was smooth. Dinner was decent for a lake cruise and the sunsets were just gorgeous.
The Next Morning
We got a hearty breakfast on the next morning before heading out to raft Glen Canyon. The hotel breakfast which was included in our negotiated room rate was very filling and got us ready for a full day of rafting on the Colorado River and around Horseshoe Bend. If you have seen pictures of Horseshoe Bend, it looks exactly like the pictures do.
There is a scenic overlook where you can stop to take pictures, but I will advise it is a bit of a walk from where you can leave your car to where you have to walk to the top to take pictures, but the view is worth it. If you are traveling from Page, drive south on Highway 89 to just between mileposts 544 & 545. Look for the exit lane. You will see a dirt road on the west side of the road which let’s you drive a short distance on to the parking area.
Rafting the Canyon
We spent a gorgeous day flat water rafting on the Colorado River. All 11 of us did the full-day rafting trip, which allows for 2 stops for you to take a dip in the icy cold waters of the Colorado. I am proud to say I went right in. The air is very hot in the Summer so you dry off pretty quickly. With the water ranging in temperature from 45-55 degrees and it truly takes your breath away.
Heat from the sun blasts down so make sure you bring your sunscreen. I have been on this kick of only using Aveeno Protect + Hydrate Moisturizing Sunscreen Lotion. It works great for me. It has an spf (sun protection factor) of 70 which means means 98.5% of UVB rays are blocked. Also keep in mind you should reapply the sunscreen every 2 hours or after you hit the water. We took the breaks in the water as a reminder to reapply.
The rafting company provides water and lunches for everyone. Choose from a selection when you sign-up for the full day tour. Lunches can even be upgraded. Fish jump out of the crystal clear water and eagles and hawks soaring overhead. Enjoy stops along the way to see petroglyphs that were put there hundreds or even thousands of years ago by Puebloans.
The rock formations are stunning and it is amazing to think of how long they have been in this canyon. This trip is just spectacular. You see wildlife and scenery that you can’t believe. Why not stop on a quiet sandy beach for lunch and enjoy relaxing time while you eat?
While we did this trip from Page, AZ you can also book this tour from Sedona. If you book it from Sedona, they will pick you up at a Sedona hotel. It is a 3 hour drive from Sedona to Page before the rafting trip and then you only do a 4 1/2 hour raft trip, but you stop along the way at the Navajo Trading Post to see it and do a bit of shopping. We stopped there on our trip from Sedona to Page also. We got some souvenirs and some snack.
Fun For Everyone
This tour is great for everyone in your family. You can bring children as young as 4 and we had someone in our group in her 70’s. The company handles food allergies without issue. We have a gluten allergy and they handled it without problems. Make sure you let them know when you book the trip about any food allergies and any special needs. We also had someone in our group that had recently had knee surgery and needed a little special assistance getting on and off the raft. That too was no problem.
The guides are great. They will keep you entertained and will give you the history of the Canyon and answer all your questions. Our guide told us many stories and had us laughing the entire trip. Don’t miss this on your next trip to Arizona. You can find our whole road trip itinerary here.
This is a Super Travel Bitch Recommend.