Page to Kanab

Colorado Plateau

Distance (miles)

Page Elevation (feet)

Kanab Elevation (feet)

US Route 89 now bypasses downtown Page to the west. To follow the original road, take Lake Powell Boulevard from the north or south as it loops through Page.

Continuing north, highway 89 crosses Marble Canyon and the Colorado River just downstream from Glen Canyon dam. Behind the dam, Lake Powell stretches 180 miles to the northeast.

US Route 89 crosses southern Utah through the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Of particular note is the Paria River where hikers can begin the 40-mile trek to the Colorado River through a slot canyon of red sandstone. Midway between Page and Kanab, the highway crosses The Cockscomb, a giant hogback ridge of steeply tilted rock. From The Cockscomb to Kanab, the road once again parallels the Vermilion Cliffs on the north side.

This stretch of US Route 89 is a section of the Mormon Pioneer National Heritage Area called Under the Rim for its location beneath the red rock cliffs of the Colorado Plateau.

Special Attractions

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

Arizona

US Route 89 provides access to the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area just west of Page. GCNRA encompasses 1.25 million acres. The most prominent feature is Lake Powell which stretches north from Glen Canyon Dam into Utah with 2,000 miles of shoreline to explore. Wahweap Marina west on 89 past the dam offers boat tours, houseboat rentals, a hotel, RV park and campground. Rainbow Bridge National Monument, Navajo Bridge, Lee’s Ferry, Lonely Dell Ranch and ten miles of the Colorado River below the dam are part of the recreation area.

Glen Canyon Dam

Glen Canyon Dam

Arizona

Glen Canyon Dam was built as one of a series of dams on the Colorado River. The impounded water forms Lake Powell which stretches for 186 miles back up river. Visitors may tour the historic project beginning at the Carl B. Hayden Visitor Center perched above the lake and power plant. The tour begins at the crest of the dam, 710 feet above the Colorado River. An elevator descends 528 feet deep into the interior of the dam and a tour guide relates details of its construction and operation.

Paria Canyon

Paria Canyon

Arizona

Access to the slot canyon of the Paria River is from the White House trailhead at the BLM Ranger Station. It is a three to five day backpacking trip thirty-eight miles through Paria Canyon to the Colorado River at Lee’s Ferry. This hike should only be attempted by experienced backpackers, requires a permit and is limited to twenty people a day. However, to experience the Narrows where the Paria cuts through the Navajo Sandstone, hike as far as the confluence with Buckskin Gulch seven and a half miles downstream. This is a moderately difficult hike requiring wading through knee-deep water at times. Be aware of the weather, as dangerous flash floods are possible particularly in July and August. Allow at least eight hours for this hike.

View photo galleries of special attractions along US Route 89 between Page and Kanab…

The Page to Kanab Road Trip Guide is sponsored by

Page-Lake Powell Tourism Bureau—gateway to adventures on the Colorado Plateau
Mormon Pioneer National Heritage Area—Utah’s heritage highway

pin icon

Towns, Cities and Reservations

Page
Big Water
Church Wells
Kanab
Sahuarita
San Xavier Reservation
Pasqua Yaqui Reservation
Tucson

buffalo icon

Public Lands and Historic Places

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
Rainbow Bridge National Monument
Glen Canyon Dam
Mormon Pioneer Heritage Area/Utah Heritage Highway
Paria Canyon-Vermillion Cliffs Widlerness
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

mountain

Landmarks

Lake Powell
East Clark Bench
Paria River
The Coxcomb
Five Mile Valley
Telegraph Flat
Shinarump Cliffs
Vermilion Cliffs

View these articles to find out more about…

US Route 89 Roadside Attraction: The Toadstools

Hoodoos are among the strangest geological formations found on earth. They occur when a thick layer of soft rock is capped by a thin layer of harder rock. As the land erodes, the soft rock washes away faster leaving a thin column protect by a hard rock cap. Nowhere...

89 or 89A: That is the Question

Of all of the questions I am asked about traveling on US Route 89, one of the most frequent is about the two possible drives between Bitter Springs, Arizona and Kanab, Utah. Since both US 89 and 89A are about the same length and take the same time to drive, neither...