Page - Lake Powell Relocation
is a planned community near the Arizona / Utah border. Named
for John C. Page, a 1930s commissioner of the Bureau of
Reclamation, the city was planned and developed for the
workers building Glen Canyon Dam in 1957. At an elevation of
4,300 feet atop Manson Mesa, overlooking Wahweap Bay of Lake
Powell, Page has become a major resort area and was
incorporated in March 1975. Flagstaff is 134 miles south via
PRINCIPAL ECONOMIC ACTIVITIES
Though it began as a
temporary camp for construction workers, Page has emerged as
a self-sufficient and progressive city. Lake Powell, the
Navajo Generating Station and tourism are the major
contributors to the economy.
and public utilities are the predominant employers in Page.
While the recreation-oriented firms experience seasonal
employment peaks from March through November, the Salt River
Project's Navajo Generating Station assures the stability of
Page. In 1994, Salt River Project began a five-year $50
million scrubber project to assure air quality. The National
Park Service estimated that the Page-Lake Powell area had
3.1 million visitors in 1997. Tourism and the distance to
other trade centers has created a demand for a variety of
consumer goods and services. Therefore, 70 percent of the
employers and more than 50 percent of the total workforce
are in the retail trade and service sectors.
The federal government is
another important employer in the Page area. Glen Canyon
National Recreation Area is administered by the National
Park Service through headquarters at Page; and Glen Canyon
Dam is managed by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. Both
agencies are part of the U.S. Department of the Interior.
Other federal, state and city offices as well as the public
schools have boosted government employment to nearly 10
percent of the total.
Lake Powell is the center
of recreational opportunities for Page. The lake has 1960
miles of shoreline, which is longer than the entire west
coast of the continental United States. There are 96 major
canyons to explore as well as Rainbow Bridge National
Monument that can be explored via watercraft.
Located in the center of
canyon country, Page is just a short drive from the North
and South Rim of the Grand Canyon, Bryce and Zion National
Park, Monument Valley and Canyon de Chelly. Annual events
include, golf tournaments at Lake Powell National Golf
Course, bass fishing tournaments, mountain bike racing,
rodeos, native American dance performances and pow wows, art
shows and an air show with hot air balloons, vintage
aircraft and monster trucks.
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