In preparation of leaving the cabin, we took a little weekend trip to Page with some of our smaller stuff. For the final trip, the truck was reserved for pets and motorcycles. We had considered the option of getting a Uhaul trailer so we could take everything at once, but between the rogue Colorado weather, still icy hill to the cabin, and cost, we opted to make the 4 hour drive, and as a bonus, my friend who was visiting would get to see the Glen Canyon dam, Colorado River, and beautiful area surrounding Page. It was a short visit but we made it a good one.
As we had before we moved into the cabin, we stayed at Page Lake Powell Campground. As far as I could tell, it was the only option in the Page area aside from state parks and BLM land. As usual, we needed the wifi and had somehow forgotten how incredibly terrible it was there. We also forgot how bad the 4G was. Had we remember before making our reservation for 26 days, we would have taken the RV farther away after picking it up.
We picked up the trailer at the storage place and after some tedious rearranging, we pulled it precariously over to the campground. Boxes were scattered, things were toppling on our bikes, we had some serious “moving back in” to do. We did a lot in the first evening, after already having had a really long day of driving and as usual, little to nothing to eat, we finally called it a day and were mostly able to walk around the RV by evening.
The spot they gave us was on the opposite side as before, on the north side of the park. Here, many of the spots were fairly long, but drifted off downhill on the south side, meaning getting the bikes in and out of the garage would be difficult and the back jacks would be as high as they can go. We opted to unload the bikes before parking, and again we moved the trailer to get them back in without a 45 degree angle (at that point the door doesn’t even touch the ground anyway).
The park itself if fairly clean, aside from the “nature trail” area (a 100 yard sand walkway with a short wall on either side and a view of the sandstone hills to the east). Here the wind gathers garbage from tent campers, and in the desert beyond as well. It doesn’t seem to get picked up very often so I picked up and tossed what I could reach. There are at least garbage cans all over near the tent spots so you don’t have to walk to the dumpster by the front entrance.
The tent campers were occasionally noisy, but nothing too crazy. It was both easter weekend and spring break while we were there so the tent spots were almost always full, mostly of younger kids and families. Aside from one group of tourists who left their garbage by our back jack when they left….why? when garbage cans were about 20 feet away? no idea, they were mostly well behaved and only occasionally a car horn would beep while being locked from time to time.
The place has a couple funny little fountains, but a pretty nice arrangement of live plants and flowers that they water and maintain pretty well. Each spot gets either a tree or some sort of shade which is a huge plus in the desert, and I got to hang up my bird feeder – to watch it be ravaged in a day by finches and doves, but nonetheless, very nice.
The bathrooms are a bit dated, especially the plumbing (dodge the shower water if you hear a flush), but they’re sufficient and their cleaning times were not a problem for us.
The wind was often on full throttle, maybe the time of year, so after the first bout of wind that repeatedly tossed our mat and chairs about, we just put them away for the rest of our stay.
The front office was a bit impersonal, like, they never seemed to be happy to see us or remember us that well, but they gave us out mail and were fairly pleasant, at least one of the employees attempted to make a joke and another finally asked what my giant packages were. My only complaint about the place some of the full timers (residents) on the south side, which I don’t usually complain about, but some of them keep their dogs tied up out there rain or shine (we were there a month in the fall as well, same dogs, same chains). Most are off to work and don’t bother anyone, one lady even feeds the stray cats at the park, but some of them have angry, unhappy dogs and puppies just tied up all day long. The park should have a policy about that as it’s pretty cruel, especially when you can hear the poor dogs whining whenever they’re not barking.
If you stay longer than 2 weeks, you need a background check which costs $25! However..since we already paid for them when we stayed in the fall (because we were waiting for the cabin to free up and storing the RV in Page), they let us use the same checks this spring.
Overall, the internet and 4G is terrible (.3mb on the 4g at times), but we made it by watching our own tv shows on our hard drive and working as well as we could. If you don’t need internet, it’s a great area to stay in for outdoor things, we can’t say much about the food because there’s only one place in town with a veggie burger (aside from Denny’s), which is only open til 3pm, and the bar State 48, which our friends at RVOutlawz.com recommended, and we became regulars of. After a hot ride on our bikes it was an excellent place to get a beer and some fries!