There is an electric mountain range where some of today’s best-kept-secret cities thrive. Flowing through the nooks and crannies of limestone and granite, sparks of life thrive in the treacherous heat of of the Southwest. Feeding tributaries, producing colonies and energizing the environment, American ingenuity provided prosperity. Near the southern border Utah, Highway 89 will lead to the Glen Canyon Dam, completed in the mid-1960s.
Snow-backed by Utah, Arizona created a new, gigantic ecosystem for generations to enjoy. As the land transformed and made more places for cities and towns, a thriving reserve of life and recreation ensued. Fed by the Colorado River, this marvel of the old-west cowboy lakes harbors fantasy.
As the second largest of the man-made lakes in the United States, and second largest electric producer in the western states, Lake Powell has more than 2 million visitors a year. There are three western states worth of shoreline and with a wild legend around every corner of Arizona, the small border-town of Page, could go from a traveler’s most mysterious myth, to the next adventure of a lifetime.
Page is perched on Mansion Mesa, overlooking 185 miles of backed-up Colorado River, so Lake Powell provides scores of activities for peaceful reflection, as well as thrill-seeking excursions. Bus tours, 4WD and theme tours cover the ground these days like the creaky covered wagons of yesteryear.
While wagons are well known for their role in travel throughout the discovery of the West, today when rolling into town the luxury prairie schooners still occupy the landscape and provide proper proprietary accommodations for weary travelers.
Known as a “five billion star” hotel, Shash Dine’ Eco-Retreat is providing stories, memories and style with unobstructed views of Lake Powell, the Echo Peaks and Vermilion Cliffs. Enjoy the comfort of a Bell Tent Suite, Hogan or Covered Wagon, and later take a stroll amongst the Navajo Churro sheep, Angora goats, and livestock raised on the ranch in accordance with Navajo traditions. Meet up with the hosts, Paul and Baya Meehan, and listen to stories of heritage over a continental breakfast brought to the campsite early morning. Visitors from all over share stories and cowboy coffee.
“We stayed in the covered wagon, it was outfitted with the basic needs to include thick warm down comforters, Pendleton wool blankets, candles and lanterns. At night we gathered and made a fire with other guests and ate s’mores under the star lights,” shared Trystan Youngjohn of Paradise Valley.
The Shash Dine’ Eco-Retreat site and Glamp is built to accommodate guests year-round to provide a peaceful, unique Navajo cultural experience.
For travelers who prefer a modern luxury allure, stay and play at the Hyatt Place Page/Lake Powell. Offering boundless views of Arizona’s desert landscape, and its nearby attractions include a five-minute drive to hike and watch the sunset at Horseshoe Bend, a drive down the road to Lake Powell and other nearby attractions such as Glen Canyon. One may tour the engineering marvel on the Colorado River for an insider’s look at its history.
Upon securing board for the night, a new pioneer of Page may want to find out where to begin in this abstractly painted desert. In Arizona, receding shoreline 230 million years formed some of the most inspiring places for photographers, artists and masters of industry. Lees Ferry, located in the Marble Canyon was a prominent resource for the exploration and settlement of northern Arizona.
Many use it to this day in order to know more about the other highlights, like Antelope Canyon that has become one of the most photographed slot canyons in the world and only seven miles from Horseshoe Bend, known to be the most visited in the extensive Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.
Here, a fossilized world swirls through caverns and swoons through time, shaped by nature’s hand. Although some its secrets have eroded, like the first brushstrokes on a canvas only the painter gets to see, there are many more to come.
To learn more about the city of Page, visit; https://cityofpage.org/
The Shash Dine’ Eco-Retreat visit; www.shashdine.com