- Aerial flight from Page Municipal Airport
- Scenic views of Lake Powell,and Rainbow Bridge
- Tour Duration: ~30-35 minutes
Aboard Lake Powell Rainbow Bridge Grand Canyon Airplane Tours guests are treated to aerial views of the bridge, one of the worlds largest natural stone arches. Additionally, the tour covers large swathes of Lake Powell. Formerly an impressive canyon before the construction of Glen Canyon Dam, Lake Powell, owing mainly to its many coves and subcanyons, sports more shoreline then the east coast of the USA. It provides recreation to thousands of people annually and help control flooding along the Colorado River.
Rising from the canyons it now covers, Lake Powell began when Glen Canyon Dam was completed in 1963 and filled to capacity 17 years later. In the air during one of our Lake Powell tours, the sparkling waters of the lake provide stunning views for miles on end. From the ground, Lake Powell offers guests a relaxing day in the sun on the shores or on the lake itself. From waterskiing, to fishing, or just a ride on a boat, there’s always something to do and see.
The lake was named after one-armed Civil War veteran Major John Wesley Powell. Powell led the first known expedition through the entire length of the Grand Canyon – a 277-mile grueling feat. Second in size to Lake Mead in Arizona and Nevada, Lake Powell stretches out 186 miles with 1,900 miles of shoreline. Due to lowered water levels at the lake, guests can now see parts of Glen Canyon Dam once covered. Famous and often photographed slot canyons can also be seen in the area; the most well-known being Antelope Canyon.
Hidden in the remote canyons lies a breathtaking wonder carved over thousands of years of wind, sand, and small streams branching off of the Colorado River. Before its discovery in 1909 by the Douglass-Cummings party, no one outside the local Indian tribe had seen what is now known as Rainbow Bridge. Standing at 290 feet high and 275 feet wide, the colorful formation is the tallest natural bridge in the world. President William Howard Taft declared it a national monument in 1910.
A place for prayer and worship, the natural bridge has been a sacred place signifying good fortune in the Navajo culture. Rainbows are considered the guardians of the universe. People of the Navajo and Paiute tribes gave the bridge the name Nonnezoshe which means “rainbow turned to stone.” The remarkable formation can be seen by Grand Canyon airplane tours and reached by hiking into the canyons or a two-hour boat ride during one of our Rainbow Bridge tours.
Glen Canyon Dam
Standing at 710 feet, Glen Canyon Dam near Page, Arizona serves as a daily reminder of the many men and families who came to the isolated region to build the dam. In 1956, workers came for jobs and built today’s Page. The dam was completed in 1963 but it took over a decade for the lake to fill to capacity.
Today, the dam generates up to 1.3 million kilowatts electricity in addition to providing water to increasing populations across the dry desert southwest. Before the creation of Glen Canyon Dam, the historic Colorado River flowed freely through the canyons and was home to the Navajo Indian tribe.
The Glen Canyon Dam is a feature of several of our Rainbow Bridge and Lake Powell tours.
With the building of the nearby Glen Canyon Dam, a small town was born to support the workers who needed a home for themselves and their families. Named for former Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner John C. Page, the town sprung to life in 1957 on Manson Mesa at 4,300 feet above sea level, overlooking Lake Powell. The mesa itself is a mere 600 feet above the lake.
The small town began with the exchange of land from the Navajo Indian tribe with an additional 24-square-miles acquired in 1958. In March 1975, the town was officially incorporated. Today, the small but bustling town has over 9,000 residents who live and work in the area.
A handful of movies like Hulk, Evolution, Planet of the Apes (1968 and 2001), Broken Arrow, among others, have been filmed in or around the small town. Various activities in include boating, shopping, golfing, and Grand Canyon raft tours.
Local area attractions include Lake Powell, the Glen Canyon Dam and Rainbow Bridge tours.