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Lake Powell

I'm always happy to go to Lake Powell, and I wondered what it would be like in March.

A friend and I started out on a windy day and got to Page around noon-ish. It was cold. But not snowy cold, just kind of heavy jacket weather. That was on a Tuesday. On Wednesday morning, it was more of the same, maybe a little colder. But then by afternoon, the sun came out, the winds died down and from that point until we left on Saturday, it was incredibly beautiful.

The lake was as picturesque as it was in the summer; the Wahweap lodge was practically empty, but the dining room was open for lunch and dinner. The boat tours were running, but not on their full summer schedule, simply due to the lack of people. But the slot canyons on the Navajo Reserve were open and in full swing, as was the visitor center at the Glen Canyon dam.

It was a good time to go.

On the previous Lake Powell page, I included pictures of Lee's Ferry, about a 45-minute drive from Page in the general direction of the Grand Canyon's north rim. . I went back to there on this trip, but also spent time in the area of the Paria Canyon and Vermillion Cliffs. So, I have a separate page for that area that can be reached from the Arizona home page and from a link at the bottom of this page.

the beagle
Wahweap Lodge and grounds
Wahweap lodge
the lodge at Wahweap
Lake Powell
It's always fun to let your imagination go wld and visualize faces and figures in the rocks. In the one above, my friend and I see a long-eared beagle with a big black nose.
Lake Powell
the lodge at Wahweap
Page overview
Technically called the Lake Powell Resort, the lodge is also known as Wahweap Lodge because of its location at the Wahweap marina.
Page, even though it has almost anything one would need or want, is in a pretty remote area, as can be seen from this picture. It was taken from the public library and is looking northwest toward the Vermillion Cliffs.
The Hanging Garden Trail

There's a fun and easy hike just outside of Page called the Hanging Garden Trail. It's all on slick rock, except for the quarter-mile or so you walk from the parking lot to get to the rock; and once you pass the actual hanging garden, you can continue walking as far as you want. It seems the massive red Navajo sandstone slab continues around every corner.

The trail gets its name from a small area where several types of plant grow under a ledge of slick rock. To call it a garden, in the winter anyway, is a stretch. But, most likely in the spring and summer it's quite beautiful. And even if it's not, it's still worth the walk because of all there is to see including Navajo Mountain, Tower Butte and Lake Powell.

The trailhead is located on the north side of Page just before you cross the Glen Canyon Bridge. The trailhead sign can be seen on the right from the road. The rest of the photos on this page were taken from the trail.

The Hanging Garden Trail
The Hanging Garden Trail
The Hanging Garden Trail
THIS is the hanging garden. Pretty sad...but, hey, it's winter here. In the spring, it surely comes to life.
The Hanging Garden Trail
The Hanging Garden Trail
I love hiking with this particular friend because she always sees images in things that I may have otherwise passed up. This is nothing more than algae or lichen on the slick rock. Yet, very clearly one can see a little girl running from a snowball that's being pushed by a dog. And yes, that's another snowball chasing the dog!
The Hanging Garden Trail
The Hanging Garden Trail
Tower Butte and Navajo Mountain

Above: Lake Powell from the Hanging Garden Trail

Below: Navajo Mountain and Tower Butte

Tower Butte from the Hanging Garden Trail
The Hanging Garden Trail
The Hanging Garden Trail

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