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We have a new philosophy in our family: If an area provides Jeeps for off-roading, rent one. After Jeeping over massive sand dunes in Michigan and now off roading Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, I’m sold. Those things are guaranteed for a good time!
Off Roading Glen Canyon
We rented a Jeep from Jeep Lake Powell. The owner, Mark, was so nice to work with! A long-time local, Mark had great suggestions on where to take the Jeep and even hand drew maps to make sure we found everything. Not only were his insider tips great, he was even flexible with us returning the Jeep a little late! Seriously, we got the impression he just wants everyone to have a good time in his neck of the woods. As a tourist, I appreciate local sincerity and passion so much!
We drove up Highway 89 from Page toward Wahweap and Church Wells, Arizona (about 15 miles), and over dirt roads to get to the Glen Canyon walls. The Jeep was so much fun over the major bumps, rocks, and divots, but other rugged 4×4’s would work if you have your own!
Since pictures are worth a thousand words, here are a few to show why off-roading Glen Canyon National Recreation Area is one of the top things to do in Arizona! Any Arizona road trip would be better enhanced by taking a Jeep through this amazing area.
Off Roading Glen Canyon Drone Footage
We were out for 6-7 hours driving around Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, and spent $150 on the half day. The tours can fill up in advance, so call as soon as you can to reserve your spot. There are other Jeep rental companies in Page, but they are more expensive and not as personal as Jeep Lake Powell, so you really should work with them! (For the record, we did not get any discounts for promotion. These are all my authentic thoughts!)
I think my favorite thing about this Jeep tour was that we were there on a windy weekday morning and didn’t see a single other person. No other vehicles. We had the entire canyon to ourselves, and we felt like we owned the world. Viewing an incredible sight in solitude is truly one of my favorite personal phenomenons. It doesn’t happen often and this one incredibly moving for me. It was wonderful to be forcefully reminded of the grandeur of the world, the beauty of natural formations, and the joy of being still.
How to rent a Jeep to go off-roading on Glen Canyon:
- Jeep Lake Powell; 750 South Navajo, Page, AZ. (480) 452-9895
- Highway 89 North to the Utah/ Arizona border. Look for off-shoots toward Glen Canyon and enjoy!
- Glen Canyon Toadstool formations (pictured above)
- Birthday Arch (magnificent, but hard to find. You’ll need written instructions from Jeep Lake Powell)
- Snacks (obvi)
- Jackets (Jeep Wranglers can get windy!)
- Rock climbing equipment
I am so glad Ben suggested we go off roading. It was easily one of the best things to do in Arizona, and one of our favorite road trip memories! There’s pretty much nothing better than being in a beautiful location and feeling like you have it all to yourself! Well, maybe if we’d also had cake.
Go. Seriously. And rent a Jeep.
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