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A guide to Page, Lake Powell, Kanab and the Grand Circle

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arlier this year in April I went on a pretty spur-of-themoment Sunday morning fishing trip to Lees Ferry with a close friend of mine. It was the first time I had held a rod and reel in my hands in years.

basic knots like the trilene and snell on the shred of data I was getting on my phone. I fumbled with running my line through the guides and even spooled the thing backwards at first go around. But as soon as it came to casting

if anything at all. When we walked up to

sung like a bird. The bright green lure at

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and fishing poles. A gentleman wearing waders and toting professional gear crossed our path. He said he had been miles up and down the river all morning without any luck. Looking over his shoulder he added that he would try one more spot upriver before calling it a day.

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into the river more than 60 feet in front

beer and a cooler full of snacks were held with just as much priority as

Brown themed fishing pole in one hand - the little rainbow trout that fell victim to its 2 pound test line in the other. Sitting on the rocky bank of Lees

help but chuckle to myself as I felt the current take control of it. Muscle memory is a lot more reliable than the normal kind of memory.

joke that people never see the sites

true in the southwest. I have friends that have lived in

I as a backpacker can personally get detached with the beauty and opportunity that this area provides. Yet you as a visitor are here with virgin eyes. You can appreciate it all with an entirely unique perspective and sense of wonder. I challenge you to make us locals feel dumb for not fishing every warm summer morning; for not taking our

things I still remembered about rod and reel fishing and frowned a bit as

on a boat on Lake Powell; and for not

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Cover photo / Steven Law Gateway to Canyon Country staff member spends the day exploring the two waterfalls of Kanarra Canyon. Page 40

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City of Page map City of Kanab map Cave Dweller Panguitch Up and Away

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‘Round the Bend Chasing Waterfalls One Fish, Two Fish

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EXPLORING ANOTHER LANDMARK IN THE VERMILION CLIFFS story AND PHOTO by STEVEN LAW/Staff

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me he knew the perfect place to go. Our destination that day was a place called The Teepees. all of them smoothly weathered makes for some really great where every rock has been eroded into a conical shape similar “teepees� are made of petrified sand and they stand 200 feet tall. sandstone contains varying levels of iron. In addition they may contain hematite or other minerals which color the rock different

as Walker described it. the planet.

loved shooting its strange shapes in the soft light of spring and

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our destination. The hike was indeed beautiful. We traveled through a desert that alternated between low sand dunes and upthrust sandstone

unbroken views of the desert. The low humidity level allows one to see forever. After two hours of hiking we reached the South Teepees. We

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entertained themselves climbing up and down the gritty walls of Dr. Seuss would love this place. And you will too. If you go: The distance from the trailhead to South Teepees

summertime hike to the Teepees is simply too hot to be enjoyable.

to take photos. A person who is in reasonably good shape can

An additional upside: Because of the challenge involved to once you get there. I prefer the North Teepees a little better than South Teepees

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THE MAN BEHIND THE LENS Talking about photography with jackson bridges story AND PHOTOS by BLAKE TILKER/SPECIAL TO THE GATEWAY

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the curious and welcoming the adventure from both directions.

a landscape shot of saturated Navajo Sandstone formations on

Time and time again I see the same shot being composed his girlfriend who is waiting under the sign. They make the same gestures a magician and his assistant would make at the end of some illusion as the timer counts down and captures a fraction

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I passed the border on my way back to Page after work one

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capture the layers of nature I was seeing in my rearview mirror. witness to others being taken over by the show they see through

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Anyone in that much of a hurry certainly missed what everyone else was trying to capture with a camera. Nor would that type of person appreciate it anyway.

taking shots of the concrete plug that holds back an aggravated There are three enormous electrical towers on the riverside of the bridge being fed by the hydroelectric turbines down below. My photography mentor and good friend Jackson Bridges once showed me how the massive towers look like huge Doberman Pinschers with cropped and pointed ears. And just as I was enjoying the reverie of the time Jackson pointed out the guard dogs to me on the way home from a

Jackson and Linda Bridges moved to Page 20 years ago You saw his photography when you were having breakfast at

it pulled me out of a beautiful daydream of a little old man and of Page. The wonderful scene of nature and the people enjoying it in my rearview mirror was replaced by a lady in a white car with a rather long face going berserk. One hand was flailing around like a cornered gorilla having an epileptic episode while her other hand was honking away. The only time the honking stopped was when she used both hands to give me the double

done hundreds of times before. As the three of them walked

ask Jackson a personal question. asked.

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The man from Alaska was a neurologist and told Jackson he German couple. flat-footed with an ever-so-slight shuffle and hunching over just a guy in his 70s who has spent too much time hiking around the chances and come on by.” for him.” the hundreds of pictures hanging on the walls of his house. He him on allowed Jackson to still drive and setup shop at the Friday me out on countless photo shoots. Night Art Walk in front of the Powell Museum in Page where he would talk photography to anybody with a camera. And even if he said as he showed me some images he recently took there. on the price for directions on how to get to the photograph that p.m.” always the same - some organic small talk that usually starts with photography techniques and sometimes ends up an hour

introduced me to.

friend said. Jackson was obviously affected from the stress. me. Still curious. The last time I hung out with Jackson was after the Fourth of July. Linda called me and said I needed to come see Jackson. I We walked up to the reception desk at the hospital and could hear the tears swelling in her eyes over the phone. Jackson asked to see his wife. The hospital employee called “You really need to come see Jackson. I took him out to shoot the fireworks on the Fourth and he had a hard time figuring out to see Linda.”

sheet was pulled closed while nurses were doing their thing. cooked a homemade chicken dinner. Jackson had lost some Father Micale from the church the Bridges attend every Sunday There would be moments when he would forget where his train heavy this was. The nurses let us in and Jackson bent over and kissed Linda the images in his camera of the hummingbirds he shot earlier. on the forehead. Her vital signs flashing across the monitor were contemplate coincidence. Jackson said that Linda had taken Father Micale said that the doctors think it might be a reaction to him to the Navajo Sandstone formations just west of the dam so her new medications and they are running tests. He bowed his head and prayed out loud for her recovery. Jackson said he heard a lady in the distance with a thick The nurses came in and got Linda ready for some images of her brain. head as she approached the Bridges. there and take some pictures.” Jackson and I put together a story for that issue of a little

to “The Mini Wave” from the story and gave them a private photo Look at that. They look like ants.” tour for two hours. He taught them the basics like shooting in the The parking lot at Horseshoe Bend was packed. Literally early morning or while the sun is setting. Never miss out on a hundreds of people were hiking up and over the sand dune leading to the most iconic photograph in the area. They did subscribe to “Outdoor Photography.” But the most important part indeed look like ants pouring out of an anthill. Jackson rolled in photography is that there has to be a fire burning in your heart. down the window and snapped some shots of all the people. The real dirty little secret behind photography is the person behind the lens.

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nobody sees us.” We made a right turn onto a dirt road just before the cut. I had driven by this area hundreds of times and never noticed the dirt road. Jackson put on his little red camera backpack and grabbed the walking stick he made from a yucca stalk. We went through a cattle gate and Jackson shuffled with slow and deliberate steps over to a small little juniper tree growing right out of the sandstone. rock near the tree and just stared off into the distance. He Triangular sandstone formations called “Teepees” broke up the landscape. The sun was getting low and the shadows long. The two of us just sat there. We only took a few photos unlike the hundreds we would have in the past.

like moment we were having under his little juniper tree. The hospital was admitting Linda for the night to run some everything.

As we approached Horseshoe Bend on the way back to

“Sure.” in on the ant trail of people scrambling in a hurry to beat the light.

heading over to check on Linda. Tourists were powering up with a hearty meal before heading out for their adventure. I

images was a couple tables over. English muffin and a glass of orange juice.

trying to find where he was going with his idea.

We both laughed hysterically. I fought that sensation you get in your throat right before

soul of a man who has become so close to me. Those images

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Antelope Canyon

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CAVE DWELLER

KANAB FAMILY TURNS DUMP INTO ATTRACTION story AND PHOTOS by STEVEN LAW/STAFF

I constant stream of tourists from April to October but back in attractions. occurring cave created by residents. many such caves in the by men who mined the silica sand they found inside to make glass. found

just

inside

the

caverns branching off it. The room on the right contains numerous Native coming from the Ancestral Puebloans who used to occupy the

cave. The cave was heaped with trash and its roof was blackened from the smoke of burned trash. The first thing Garth did was remove the trash. He

filling a weed-sprayer with watered-down Portland cement. With that they painted the ceiling white. It took them 288 hundred-pound bags to do the job. An interesting sidenote: in recent years a curious thing has started happening to the whitewashed ceiling. Pictographs painted on the ceiling

an impressive display of Mayan figurines that Garth brought In the middle cavern tourists will find more natural history

is really known for its massive collection of ultravioletglow when placed beneath black lights. Garth started his collection with several varieties of ultraviolet-fluorescent rocks occurring naturally in

sandstone during an era before harvesting such things was illegal. The rest of the third room is a gift shop.

pictographs. Then Garth carried in clean sand and used it to level out the floor. Garth then started filling the rooms with local objects and artifacts he thought tourists might find interesting. Garth went to five banks asking for loans so he could complete his masterpiece in a timely manner. He was rejected by all of them. So he took a job building the Dam. But back

us the story of how his father turned a trash-filled cavern into

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“Most weeks it was just enough money to buy a bag or two on revenue from the bar and dance floor. By then Page was a on Sundays.

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When Garth decided to convert his little den into a bar and a dance hall he pimped them out in true Garth fashion. The bartop he constructed from local stones he handcut with a diamond Because he knows the great work and sacrifice involved in backlit to shine through the various translucent stones. them when he gets a little older.

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after the “big fish� they caught in nearby Panguitch

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UP AND AWAY PAGE’S ANNUAL BALLOON REGATTA TAKES TO THE SKIES story and photos by JAMIE BROUGH/sTAFF

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world-class and citywide jewel of an event right in the heart of the fall season. The entire town comes alive when

the colorful and amorphous spheres. In

oddly melodic chorus when their burners sound off. Balloons will launch this year from the You can get a stellar vantage point of the around the crest of the plateau as it coincides with the top of the golf course.

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of town. a worldwide level among enthusiasts and pilots as they have traveled from all over the world in recent years to participate. their balloons will be arriving in the last

to participate. Mid to late fall is also a meteorological high point for flying balloons in northern accompany the high-pressure systems that move through the area and create ideal conditions for balloon flying.

best chance is to sign up to help crew the balloons. “The magic of ballooning is it is a group sport. Pilots show up and they need help

The fair will take place right outside the Page Mesa Theater on Lake Powell Boulevard and will encompass almost way past the National Bank and towards

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stick around after sunset for the Saturday

you might find a pair of gloves in your hand helping to set up and learn about a hot air balloon. Sometimes you may even

business Into the Grand will host music and dancing in the increasingly popular beer garden. A huge swath off the adjacent Lake

a spot open in the basket.” For those of us without the cash to afford our own balloon or the stomach

precipitation make for smooth air sailing.

line up their fully inflated balloons for the Glow event. Each pilot running his or her burners simultaneously gives it

show occurs during the Saturday night from thousands of feet up in the air are perhaps the biggest motivator. “Word is getting out on what an outstanding place to operate a hot air Balloon Meister Bryan Hill. “What makes

largest community-wide affairs in town. The Glow also coincides with the largest vendor fair in Page where seasonal restaurant owners and services give their last hurrah before the end of the season.

any rogue fliers; they tend to keep the balloons tethered down during this time. you can make the trip here during the homegrown event worth sticking around

balloons into the sky it truly becomes a spectacle for everyone involved.” While it is possible to potentially snag

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‘Round the Bend Just in case you haven’t gone already story by blake tilker, Photo by MATT ROBERTS/ special to the Gateway

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area. This is one of the reasons you came here in the first place. Someone once told me the three most even though Horseshoe Bend is on National everyone. Horseshoe Bend gets its name from

carved out one of the most photographed natural wonders ever. The trail head for Horseshoe Bend is about three miles southwest of Page and is well marked with signs and tour buses. Park at the well-maintained parking lot just off because they are about to be knocked off.

at the top of the hill if you want to gather your molecules before starting the descent. bounce around the protruding sandstone fins to make it a bit easier. foot Navajo Sandstone drop and literally

windy day. Horseshoe Bend regularly has hundreds of people scrambling about for that awardwinning photo to take home. Sunrise shots will light up the prominent point of the landmark and add another dimension of beauty. A tripod and wide angle lens are needed to capture Horseshoe in its entirety. Most people will head straight to the main suggest you hike around and get as high as year old Navajo Sandstone buttes.

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CHASING WATERFALLS KANARRA CANYON FAMOUS FOR TWO WATERFALLS story AND PHOTOS by STEVEN LAW/STAFF

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degrees. I am joined by my friends Dustin Williams and

in high spirits. This is the first time Dustin and Maggie will be anticipation of spending a day engrossed in a new adventure.

hiking a half hour up the road it abruptly ends and there the trail

part of the canyon that make this hike magical. Inside the slot comfortable.

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hike has become so popular during the last decade BLM agents have secured a simple ladder alongside the falls to help hikers climb the waterfall. Hikers will also find a rope rock-bolted into we encounter a large youth group and their leaders. Some of they ascend and descend the ladder. The falls is a particularly scenic spot. The foreground is

the slippery rock into a plunge pool below. Looked like fun. Just a short distance beyond the slickrock plunge pool we through a short stretch of thigh-deep pools. A short distance

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there taking photos of it. a little farther up the canyon. The canyon remains slotted and

depending on how fast you walk and how many stops you make. The majority of the trail is in the creek bed so wear durable shoes that you can get wet. will gain a few hundred feet in elevation between the trailhead

on can be slippery and wobbly and can cause you to lose your balance or slip. Some people find climbing up and down the two waterfalls can be challenging. Even though each waterfall ladders are constantly being splashed with water and they can be slippery. Some people on your group may not be comfortable climbing them. The area past the second slot canyon gets less interesting.

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ONE FISH, TWO FISH

SPENDING THE DAY FISHING LAKE POWELL WITH BILL story AND PHOTOS by STEVEN LAW/STAFF

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love everything about fishing. I love the feeling of the boat as it skims over a glassy lake. I love the feel of a boat as it curvets over the waves. I love watching the color of the

the houseboats tied to their moors like horses sleeping in their

blowing through my hair.

good times.

why I hired Bill McBurney from Ambassador Guides for the day.

mealworms and ice augers. into the boat on five pound test.

takes us across Wahweap Bay as I lumber down the Wahweap Bay my consciousness has not on four hours of sleep can appearing between the layers of clouds in the eastern sky sure look a lot like the bloodshot eyes of a man who has awakened three hours earlier than his

finally awake. We turn right

in

Warm

channel. By the time we reach and Bill and I scan the placid waters for striper boils. And we find one. In mid-conversation Bill simultaneously throttles

ago. ramp when I hear a truck enter Bill. We wave to each other as backs his boat into the lake eight inches away from the dock. pulled his free-floating boat into the dock and lashed it tight to man confidence in his guide. I reach the dock at the same time Bill is hopping back into his truck. We nod to each other.

bass driving shad to the surface of the lake. As the shad leap to escape and the stripers leap to catch them it causes the affected area to appear to boil. Bill kills the motor as we reach the edge of the boil and hands me a rod pre-baited with rubber bait molded to look like an anchovy.

satisfaction I get from a day spent fishing on the lake. So when boat. Every cupholder and cubby has two or three pair of needle nose pliers tucked into it. And I notice that Bill already has five

Bill takes up a rod of his own and casts with a vigor and

the gutters along the gunwales. watts. Enough to fire up the motor and go. And my level of fishes along with me.

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boil is over. Powell nooks and bays and hidden coves better than just about anyone. He knows the habits and patterns of its fish. He grew fish and alligators. One of his first professional guiding businesses was taking

A few years later he opened a flyshop and guiding service at Lees Ferry Lodge taking clients flyfishing on the stretch of river

I run into each other at the coffee shop and various town

having a good time.

we run in and grab a coke and perhaps get some breakfast burritos. I agree.

one.

find them.� The spot he takes us to is along a high cliff wall just off the main channel. Bill drives slowly along the cliffwall watching his fishfinder.

someone ripping a cotton sheet. I tighten down my bail a little to

Bill pilots the boat along the western end of the cliff wall and cuts the motor. This time we rig up our rods with real anchovies.

surface where we see sunlight flashing off its chrome flanks.

into the water and capture the fish. And he pulls it aboard and lays the netted fish on the boat deck and we pause for a few

feet and flip the bails. I love fishing on Lake Powell just about any time of year but going out in autumn is my absolute favorite time to go. The summer crowds are gone and the weather is perfect. Bill and I sit in our chairs beneath the biminy and watch our lines.

Bill throws it in the well with the others and we both cast out into the striper boil. And this time Bill catches and lands a nice three We scan around us to see if it will reappear elsewhere but it watching as we go for another boil. likely the last one of the day. With the day warming up the fish

with some good smallmouth fishing.

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note as I tighten down the drag.

cut cheese with it. All I can do is carefully monitor the tension of the line and let the fish wear itself out a little more. After about

to prevent the fish from the throwing the hook.

another run and in so doing could snap the line. I lessen the

little closer. Bill scooped it up with the net and hauls it aboard. My biggest fish of the day. A nice five pounder.

and from there is transformed into goosebumps that sprout on my arms and disperse back into the ether in a static tingle of

attachĂŠ case. Teeth like a ripsaw. It lays on the deck of the boat It was a great treat fishing with Bill. It was nice spending a day on the lake with a pro who knows where the surface

more than I could stop a dropping elevator. All I can do is wait for it to reach the basement and come back up. the hot part of the day.

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