Vacations are awesome. Hotels? Not so much. Cramped living quarters, spending a fortune (and gaining weight) eating three meals a day at restaurants, and coming home to a mountain of dirty laundry makes you want to take a vacation from your vacation. Surely, there has to be a better way to go on your upcoming Grand Canyon/Lake Powell vacation. There is: go home!
Like many American tourist towns, Page, Arizona has a diverse array of vacation rental homes that can make you feel as though you’re really getting away from it all. Imagine, wrapping up a busy day touring Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend and Lake Powell, not by jockeying for a parking space at a traditional hotel, but driving into your own secure garage. Instead of cringing at the prospect of sleeping side-by-side with your parent or sibling, you might have your own comfortable bed, maybe even your own room! And instead of drinking weak coffee that has sat cooking on a burner for who knows how long and noshing on stale bagels and donuts, you can make your morning coffee just the way you like it, and enjoy it with your own home-cooked breakfast. You can even dine al fresco on your own private sunlit porch. It’s all possible when you stay in a Lake Powell vacation rental home instead of a hotel or motel.
If you’re thinking “vacation rental homes are expensive,” think again. Page/Lake Powell vacation rental homes are surprisingly affordable! Take this 2008 modular home conveniently located to Horseshoe Bend, Antelope Canyon and other slot canyons, and Lake Powell Boat Tours: it can sleep up to 10 people comfortably in its 4 spacious bedrooms, comes with free wi-fi and satellite TV, and features a fully-stocked kitchen and laundry facilities. Would you believe it averages $100/night?* With such a reasonable price tag, and being so conducive to total relaxation, you’ll want to settle in and use this home as a base camp from which to explore the many nearby attractions, including:
- Zion National Park
- Bryce Canyon
- Coral Pink Sand Dunes
- Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
- The Grand Canyon
- Monument Valley
- ….and much more!
Another popular choice is this charming 3 bedroom, 2 bath stucco home. Also built in 2008, this house is located in a safe, attractive residential area of Page, Arizona and features an open floor plan that’s great for entertaining, cooking, and relaxing. 8 people can sleep comfortably in this home that also offers an attached garage for storing your vehicle or off-road toys. A small boat could be parked on the south side of the house as well, so if you’re bringing your own means of touring Lake Powell, this vacation home would be perfect for you, especially with an average nightly rate of just $85.* Other in-home amenities include:
- Central Heat & Air Conditioning
- Clothes Dryer
- Gas Fireplace
- Hair Dryer
- Internet & Wi-Fi
- Iron & Board
- Towels & Linens
- Fully-Stocked Kitchen
Everyone loves a room with a view, right? So why not take it a step further and stay in a house with a view! This late model 3-bedroom 2-bath modular home is situated in a brand-new Page, AZ neighborhood on the edge of town, where a 180-degree red rock panorama stretches out before your eyes. If you like to start your day off with a walk or a run, the Page Rim View Trail is just footsteps from your front door. Large bedrooms and closets make this an ideal location for extended stays for up to 8 people and averages $86/night.* Like the afore-mentioned properties, your rate includes all linens, kitchen utensils, use of a washer and dryer and dishwasher, as well as access to a locally-based property manager should you have any questions or need suggestions on sightseeing or dining.
Is that all there is? Not hardly! This is just a small sampling of many vacation rental homes available in the Page, AZ area. Visit VRBO.com, FlipKey.com, HomeAway.com, TripAdvisor.com, Airbnb.com or your favorite hotel booking site for more suggestions. You’re sure to find a Lake Powell Vacation Home that suits your needs and your budget, and that really feels like a home away from home.
*Average rates quoted annually, calculated by nightly rates which vary according to season
We are coming from the Boston area to visit for the first time October 8-18, starting and ending in Vegas. The 7-day Itinerary looks great. Fortunately we will be able to add a second night in 2 places and wondered what you would suggest.
Also, which tour of Antelope Canyon would you suggest? We are in our 60’s, and energy can be a challenge due to my husband’s health issues. Although he’s in great shape due to cycling and and skiing, walking on uneven terrain can be tough, and a narrow trail with a sharp drop-off wouldn’t work.
Thank you so much in advance.
October is a great time to be here, and that’s awesome that you have 10 days to work with instead of 7. As for where you allocate those extra days, it will be highly dependent on lodging availability. That said, I would recommend giving an extra day to the Grand Canyon and one to Zion. If you can’t get an extra hotel night at the Grand Canyon, then do an extra day at Bryce and one at Zion. Trust me, you won’t find any shortage of things to see and do at any of the parks!
As for which branch of Antelope Canyon you tour, it sounds as though Upper Antelope Canyon would be your best bet. The trail through the canyon is relatively flat and even, no sharp drop-offs anywhere. If you find that Antelope Canyon tours are sold out — which is entirely possible at this point in time — you might consider Horseshoe Bend Slot Canyon. At ~500 yards in length, it is significantly longer than Upper Antelope Canyon, however, like Upper Antelope Canyon, this slot canyon features no stairs. Another advantage to this alternate slot canyon is that tour groups are deliberately kept smaller, which most visitors tend to appreciate, but this does make the tour a bit pricier.
Hope that helps. Good luck and safe travels,
Coming out to Las Vegas in early Dec. want to visit Antelope Canyon area. Any tips.? How many days should we plan for that area? Other places to explore?
First off, it takes ~4.5 hours to drive from Las Vegas to Page, AZ. Since December is considered “shoulder” season or “off” season, you’ll find that water-based activities are on seasonal hiatus, so a 2 day/1 night visit is usually sufficient for touring Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, the Glen Canyon Dam and the other local attractions that are still operating.
If you have a few days to work with, other areas you might consider visiting include, but are no way limited to, Grand Canyon South Rim, Zion, Bryce Canyon, and Monument Valley. Ultimate 7-Day Itinerary in Northern Arizona & Southern Utah
Keep in mind that the time of year you’re visiting is winter. Snow is a very real possibility in the higher elevations of Northern Arizona and Southern Utah (Grand Canyon, Bryce, etc.), which usually translates to rain in the lower elevations (Page, Zion, Monument Valley). Best case scenario, it will most likely be cold, so be sure to pack accordingly. Start monitoring local weather about 2 weeks before you get ready to travel.
Best wishes for a safe trip!
How many days do you have? LOL
Since December is considered “shoulder” season or “off” season, some activities, namely, water-based tours, will be on seasonal hiatus. Therefore, you can have a fulfilling visit to Page, AZ, in just 1-2 days. In addition to touring Antelope Canyon, you should also plan to visit Horseshoe Bend.
Other attractions in the area you might consider exploring include Zion, Bryce Canyon, the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Arches/Canyonlands, just to name a few. Taking two weeks to enjoy quality time at all these attractions is definitely not unheard of!
Hope that helps you get started in your planning. Best wishes for safe travels!
My wife and I are planning a summer or early fall week in Page. Flying into either Las Vegas or Phoenix. We’ve already been to the Grand Canyon, Bryce, Zion, Monuments and Lake Powell. Other than Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend, what else is within easy driving distance of Page
Hi Peter and thank you for your inquiry!
Since you’ve already been to Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce, aka, the attractions frequently visited using Las Vegas as a “base,” I would suggest flying into Phoenix and visiting some of the parks and scenic areas between it and Page. First on the list, IMO, should be Sedona. It’s only 2 hours from Phoenix, and has enough to see and do to reasonably occupy 3 days. Visit Sedona Other areas worth a stop include, but are not limited to, Flagstaff (for the Lowell Observatory, Museum of Northern Arizona, Riordan Mansion, Arboretum, Walnut Canyon, etc.), Montezuma Castle/Well and Tuzigoot NM’s (which are accessible from Sedona, too), the Petrified Forest/Painted Desert, Meteor Crater and the “Standin’ On The Corner In Winslow, Arizona” tribute statue in the town of the same name.
Another suggestion, if you’re inclined, is to try for a walk-in permit for The Wave. You would do this at the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Visitor Center in Kanab, UT the day before you wish to hike. While the odds are slim of you actually getting one, in the likely event that you don’t, you can find plenty to see and do in the area, like take a tour to the White Pocket Fold, or some of the attractions around Kanab, such as Mystical Slot Canyon, Peekaboo Gulch, the Coral Pink Sand Dunes, just to name a few.
Regarding the timing of your visit, since Phoenix is still rather hot during the later part of summer, definitely try and time your trip for the fall, at least until after the kids are out of school, so you’ll just be amongst grown-ups (usually 😉 while you’re out touring.
Good luck and have fun!
Thanks for the quick response and the many suggestions. Can’t wait to visit your beautiful area and doing some kayaking while out there