Page is a planned community near the Arizona/Utah

border. Named for John C. Page, a 1930s commissioner of the

Bureau of Reclamation, the city was planned and developed for

the workers building Glen Canyon Dam in 1957. At an elevation

of 4,300 feet atop Manson Mesa, overlooking Wahweap

Bay of Lake Powell, Page has become a major resort area and

was incorporated in March 1975. Flagstaff is 134 miles south

via U.S. 89.

 

Though it began as a temporary camp for construction

workers, Page has emerged as a self-sufficient and progressive

city. Lake Powell, the Navajo Generating Station and tourism

are the major contributors to the economy.

 

Recreational properties and public utilities are the predominant

employers in Page. While the recreation-oriented firms

experience seasonal employment peaks from March through

November, the Salt River Project's Navajo Generating Station

assures the stability of Page. In 1994, Salt River Project began a

five-year $6.3 million scrubber project to assure air quality. The

National Park Service estimates that the Page/Lake Powell area

had 3.1 million visitors in 1997. Tourism and the distance to

other trade centers have created a demand for a variety of consumer

goods and services. Therefore, 70 percent of the

employers and more than 50 percent of the total workforce

are in the retail trade and service sectors.

 

The federal government is another important employer in

the Page area. Glen Canyon National Recreation Area is administered

by the National Park Service through headquarters at

Page; and Glen Canyon Dam is managed by the U.S. Bureau of

Reclamation. Both agencies are part of the U.S. Department of

the Interior. Other federal, state and city offices as well as the

public schools have boosted government employment to nearly

10 percent of the total.

 

Page is a hub city, near the center of one of America's most

varied regions. North of Page is Glen Canyon Dam, which forms

one of the most beautiful lakes in Arizona. Over 1,900 miles of

shoreline are formed by this lake, more than the entire West

Coast from Canada to Mexico.

 

Rainbow Bridge is reached via boat on Lake Powell. South

of Page is the Navajo Indian Reservation, with Monument Valley,

Canyon de Chelly and other natural wonders. Historic Lee's Ferry

near Page had an important role in the early exploration of the

Colorado River. It is now a point of departure for trips down the

Colorado River rapids and has a National Park Service camp-ground

available.

 

Page has a variety of events throughout the year including:

Easter Egg Hunt, Air Affaire, Cinco De Mayo, Old-Fashioned

Fourth of July, Halloween Carnival, and the Festival of Lights.