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  • Writer's pictureMick McMurray

Lake Powell Resort/Wahweap Marina

Updated: Feb 18

We were surprised when we got to the marina. The site was a nice level concrete pad that was big enough to park 2 large motorhomes with room to spare. We stayed here for 4 nights.

Our main goal for the area around Page, Az. this trip was to visit Rainbow Bridge National Monument. It is thought to be the highest natural bridge in the world. It is truly massive. It is administered by the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.

On our first day in the area, we went for a drive and visited some overlooks of Lake Powell. In the afternoon we drove off road to Stud Horse Point for some photos and a nice sunset. There is one massive hoodoo along with some smaller ones and other interesting formations.

The next day was our day for the trip to Rainbow Bridge. We boarded the tour boat at the resort and settled in for the ride there. It was a beautiful day on the lake. I don’t know how the captain maneuvered the boat through some of the narrow channels but we made it to the dock. It was about a mile hike to the span, 2 miles round trip. The Park Ranger on site asked us to please not walk under the bridge because it is sacred to some of the Native American Tribes in the area. You could scramble over some boulders if you wanted to see the other side. Since our trip, the lake level has dropped and tour boats and houseboats can’t access the area but smaller craft can beach on a muddy area. It was a great day to be on the water and go for a hike.

On the third day, we drove over to an old corral we saw from Stud Horse Point and explored that area. It is about a half mile off highway 89 on a dirt road.

Later we went on a drive out to Alstrom Point. It is an overlook of Lake Powell with beautiful views. Getting there takes some time. It is a 26-mile dirt road with a creek crossing and a few turns so set your odometer to zero at the start in Big Water Az. and follow directions. There are many sites where you can get the route. Here is a good one,

The camera setup I used for the Alstrom Point photos is here

We stayed until after sunset and were glad we wrote down the directions while driving out in the dark. I did get lost once and had to backtrack to find the route.

The next day we went to the Fins in the Waterholes Canyon area. It is on Navajo Tribal Land, so you must get a day-use permit from the Navajo Tribal Office. The permit allows you to self-hike in the area. The Fins are beautiful wind-sculpted sandstone cliffs and dunes. They are on the west side of highway 89 about 2 miles south of Page.

Lorna’s Tips and Lessons

When camping in rain or snow, having a mud scrub and scraper for muddy shoes outside your trailer can be extremely helpful. When you're camping in wet and muddy conditions, it's easy to track dirt and mud inside your trailer. By having a mud scrub and scraper outside your trailer, you can remove most of the dirt and mud from your shoes before entering, keeping the inside of your trailer cleaner. This lets you have more time to enjoy your trip and less time cleaning.

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