We are touring Utah next September and thought Page at Lake Powell would be a good stopping point for 2 nights to relax.Is there a beach there? Or anything?
Lake Powell is huge. Most of the beaches are accessible only by boat. There's a beach at Lone Rock State Park. But there aren't any hotels nearby. It's a day beach unless you are camping on the beach. I can think of better places to relax than Page. What's your full itinerary?
I'm not a real Lake Powell expert so anticipate others can weigh in with more detailed information. Lake Powell is a reservoir with the lake itself formed by the water backing up behind the dam in Page (worth a tour). Beaches somewhat come and go based on water levels. If you rent a boat to cruise the lake, you'll find many beaches you can access. If you're just doing a few nights in Page, get out to Wahweap Bay, northwest of Page, where you'll find some nice options for a day trip. Better yet, rent a boat or take a boat tour to get a better sense of the lake. But note that it's not like an ocean beach where you would sit in a beach chair for the day and do a little swimming. It's a bit more adventurous.
Thanks for sharing your full itinerary. T&C is correct that Lake Powell beaches aren't like being on an ocean beach. Except for the one I mentioned, they are all remote and require a boat to get to them. Most folks who spend time at Lake Powell go out on a houseboat for several days, or rent a power boat and camp for several days. You can certainly rent a power boat out of one of the marinas and do a day trip. But that would be a more active venture than sitting on a beach and relaxing.
Here's my suggestion for your itinerary, and in this order.
Las Vegas 2 nights
Bryce Canyon NP - 2 nights
Torrey UT (Capitol Reef NP) - 2 nights
Monument Valley - 2 nights
Page AZ - 1 night
Springdale UT - 3 nights
Las Vegas - 1 night
One reason to go to Bryce first from Las Vegas is that it brings you in to Zion through the iconic, stunning east entrance. IMO, Springdale is a better place to relax. You can spend time in Zion. But there's also the town with restaurant options, hotels with pools that have stunning views. Page is not that interesting. Two nights in Torrey - another charming small town - gives you a bit more time for Capitol Reef. It also means that you don't have to rush the drive over Scenic ByWay highway 12 from Bryce.
Cedar City to highway 14 to 89 and on to Bryce would be a stunning drive in the fall. It does involve a lot of mountain driving if that would be an issue for you. However, it wouldn't be any more challenging than driving highway 12 between Bryce and Torrey.. The fall colors in September would be wonderful on highway 14. The other better option after highway 14 would be I 15 to highway 20 to 89 and on to Bryce.
great thanks for all your help
thanks for the info
Connie and Tumbleweed covered Lake Powell options pretty well. Worth noting that in September the water temperature is great for swimming, probably close to 80 F (26 C)...
...yes, the dam tour is worth doing, and not expensive...basically just as good a dam as Hoover Dam, without the crowds and the price...
...the half day smooth water float trip from the dam down to Lees Ferry on the Colorado River is spectacular, and well worth the time:
A tour boat to Rainbow Bridge is a good option too...
Thanks looks like I'll have plenty to do.