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
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.