The drive from Sedona to Page covers a distance of 160 miles and takes approximately four hours.
Driving the 89A up North through the Oak Creek Canyon is already pretty spectacular, and after just 30 minutes of driving, we were already at 7000 feet above sea level.
We quickly passed through Flagstaff and followed the US Hwy 89 north, briefly stopping south of Cameron, at the junction with the 64 (the road to Grand Canyon Village) to eat a sandwich and switch drivers.
We followed Hwy89 and took a break at Horseshoe Bend Overlook, located about two miles South of Page on the right side. The walk from the parking lot to the expansive viewing area is roughly two miles round trip and features several shaded resting spots along the route. The safety railing is quite short, leaving lots of opportunities for a 1,000-foot fall. 93 fatalities have occurred in the Glen Canyon Area thus far.
Next, we stopped at the nearby Glen Canyon Dam, the second tallest concrete-arch dam in the United States. It stands at 710 feet, just shy of the Hoover Dam, which is the tallest at 726 feet.
Not far from the busy areas, only a short two-mile hike away from Glen Canyon Dam we found a serene, secluded hanging garden. Hanging gardens are collections of plants that grow on the vertical walls of cliffs and are fed by springs. These springs come from a nearby aquifer that gets most of its water from winter precipitation. The water then flows through the permeable sandstone and crevices to nourish the plants.
We had dinner at Gone West, a Western-themed family restaurant, where a tall guy in his forties wearing a tight Superman T-shirt was serving the beverages. He insisted he was an attorney at law, not Superman. Forty years ago, part of the movie Superman 3 was shot in Page and at the Glen Canyon .. coincidence?