National Geographic : 1967 Jul
Green lawns of Page and blue depths of Powell patch the desert's tawny mantle. Aerial view surveys the lake's southern end on the Arizona-Utah border. A prominent landmark, Lone Rock, looms like a fortress at upper left and appears even more for midable at water,level (below). Page, the town a dam built, sprang out of scrub and sandstone atop Arizona's Manson Mesa, where Navajos grazed their sheep only a dozen years ago. From the outset a planned community, built and administered by the Federal Government, Page swelled to almost 7,000 residents during construction of the dam. Today the town counts about 1,200 but contemplates a prosperous future as a recreation and retirement center. Homes, schools, office buildings, supermarkets, motels, and a dozen churches line broad paved streets. The name honors the late John C. Page, Commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation from 1937 to 1943 and a pioneer in development of the Colorado River's resources. U. S. 89, looping across the new bridge, links Page with Kanab, Utah, to the west and with Flagstaff, Arizona, 134 road miles to the south. Summer temperatures soar by day, but the 4,300-foot elevation and low humidity assure cool nights. 57 KODACHROMES BY WALTERMEAYERSEDWARDS© N.G .S. Just six miles from Cathedral Canyon and about 50 miles from Wahweap is one of the area's most famous sights-Rainbow Bridge (pages 64-5). Span ning Bridge Creek, its spectacular rock arch rises 309 feet above the stream's bed, striking testimony to the relentless power of the elements.* Four years earlier we had hiked for five miles from the river to reach Rainbow Bridge, threading our way up Forbidding Canyon, over flower decked dunes, through glistening Bridge Creek, past great rocks and occasional low waterfalls. We had stopped often to linger in the cool pools along the canyon floor. It was a tough hike, and broiling hot. I recall one of our party gasping as he flopped below the arch, "I'm all here, but there's nobody inside pushing." *Ralph Gray wrote of "Three Roads to Rainbow" in the April, 1957, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC.