Disposing of human waste....fun times, lol
Equipment: OK, not anyones favorite subject, but it is especially important when backpacking in the slot canyons around the Page area. You are required to pack out your waste. The best way I've found to do this is cheap and odorless.
Go to your local hardware and purchase a 2-3 foot section of 2 and 1/2 inch PVC pipe and two caps and PVC glue. Glue one cap to the end and slide one cap on the other. Package several individual paper or plastic bags filled with about 3 inches of Kitty Litter.
When its time to go, go in the bag with the kitty litter. When done, slide your package into the PVC pipe which is easily stored in the compression straps on the outside of your backpack. Be sure to have the glued side down.
The Paria is about 45 minutes outside of Page. There are two ways that are popular to backpack the Paria. If you enter from the Rangers station, the total hike is 37 miles one way. I have always done the Paria from Buckskin Gulch which cuts out about 7 miles of the Paria, but adds 12 miles of Buckskin Gulch. I moved too fast when doing this. It only took two and 1/2 days for my friend and I to go the 42 miles. If I do it again I will go for a more enjoyable 5 days.
Once in Paria Canyon, it is not very technical. Alot of walking in water surrounded by beautiful red sandstone walls.
Equipment: No ropes required. I suggest wearing heavy hiking boots as opposed to sandals. The offer more support. Toward the end, maybe last 8 miles, you are out of the water more than in it and you will appreciate the boots.
Permits are required!
PLEASE follow "Leave No Trace" ethics guidelines for backcountry travel. You have to pack out EVERYTHING! Yes, even that, lol.
Buckskin Gulch is about 45 minute to an hour west of Page on the Utah/Arizona border. You do have to travel down a dirt road to access the trailhead. There is an area to camp at the trailhead and many people hiking the Paria River will opt to enter at Buckskin for a more intense experience.
I've done this in June and July, both times had plenty of water, in sections about waist deep. Do not attempt this if there is even a hint of rain in the forecast. Flash floods are very dangerous here. This can also be done as a long out and back day hike.
Equipment: No ropes are needed. Keep your belongings in a plastic bag and bring a dry shirt incase you slip in the water. Do not wear cotton here. Even in July, the slot receives very little sunlight and if you are wet it is uncomfortably cold for the desert in July.
You don't have to have $$$$$ to enjoy a good fishing on this lake. Anywhere you go on this 1900 miles of shoreline you will catch something for dinner ;o). All I take along is a good strong fishing rod, bait, and a comfortable chair.
Equipment: Hat, sunscreen, cold water, snack, fishing rod, bait, comfortable chair, sunglasses.
Lake Powell provides more then just water skiing & touring the canyon walls of this massive lake. It's also all about fishing as well....for you fisher men & women out there. Once a year we have a tournament here on the lake... I hear you win a nice fishing boat, the kind that shine like a fishing lure. In fact they tag these fish at Lake Powell and each tag has a number, so whatever the number matches the prices that's what you get...one tag is a million dollars :o), (Sure could use a million dollar about now).
Dates and events are subject to change. Please call before planning to attend.
For a list of fishing tournament, ask for Tournament Information when calling the Page-Lake Powell Chamber of Commerce.
Equipment: * Fishing Pole
* Box of goodie for you and the fish
* Your fishing boat if you have one or you could rent
* Shade or a nice big brim hat
* Fishing chain to chain the fish to
As you can see the cliffs are very high and steep, so be very careful. This is Lummie repelling with no hands, don't try this at home unless your a professional.
Equipment: Not only good gears but also bring a spotter or someone with you just in case of a error, better safe then sorry.
If fun, and at the same time scary, and is one the stupids thing I every done in my life. If you never repelled in your life this is one thing you should do just to say "I did it".
Equipment: Make sure everything is tight and listen to the instructure, and don't get cocky.
All over this area, you have cliffs, mesa, LOTS of rocks (different shapes, size, and color), but whatever one you find it just fun to repell off the landscape, free like the bird and naked like the geckos.
Equipment: Bring with you the upmost of climing gears professional gear, your life will depend on it, nothing second hand if you vault your life. Remember this is sand stone you'll be climing and working around with.