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.
Recreational properties 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, the Salt River Project began a five-year $50 million scrubber project to assure air quality. The National Park Service estimates that the Page/Lake Powell area had 2.6 million visitors in 1999. Tourism and the distance to other trade centers have 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 to healthy 10 percent of the total. [Information from the Arizona Department of Commerce, Community Profile.
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 or South Rim of the Grand Canyon, Bryce and Zion National Parks, Monument Valley and Canyon De Chelley. Annual events include golf tournaments on Lake Powell National Golf Course, bass fishing tournaments, mountain bike racing, rodeos, Native American dance performances and pow wows, art shows and an annual air show.
A broad range of community facilities are located in the City of Page. These include two museums, a senior citizen center, a library, a recreation center, a visitor center, a swimming pool, two golf courses, three parks, six lighted tennis courts, and several football, softball and baseball fields.
Page has one weekly newspaper, the Lake Powell Chronicle, and a local radio station. Television channels from Phoenix, cable by satellite, and cellular telephone service are available.
Two pre-schools, two public elementary schools, one charter school, one middle school, and one high school serve the citizens of Page. School enrollment is more than 3,000 students. Coconino Community College is an accredited two-year college. Vocational training is available from the Lake Powell Institute and at the Le Chee Chapter of the Navajo Nation.
Medical facilities include an accredited hospital, medical and dental offices, and various adjunct medical services. Medical specialists comes from other cities on rotation to serve the citizens of Page. Lifeline helicopter service is also available.
The Page Municipal Airport has a lighted 5,500-foot paved runway and offers flights to and from Phoenix and Denver. Charter service and tours are also available.
Page has one industrial park (102 acres) with all utilities and highway access.
There are twenty-five motels with more than 1,500 units and seven meeting facilities with the largest of these facilities seating approximately 400 people. There are also several RV parks and campgrounds with complete hookups.
Weather in the City of Page is temperate with an average yearly maximum temperature of 71.9 degrees and an average yearly minimum temperature of 47.2 degrees. The hottest month is July with a daily average maximum temperature of 97 degrees and the coldest months are December and January with daily maximum temperatures averaging 45 degrees. Average yearly total precipitation is 4.78 inches.