The Powell museum and visitor center, located in downtown Page, is run by a nonprofit organization with the goal of commemorating the life of John Wesley Powell. Open 9 am to 5 pm, 7 days a week, the museum has not only exhibits and information on Powell’s history and accomplishments but also on the geology and geography of the area; nearby archeological and paleontological finds; and the history of Page and its earlier outfitters and river runners. Also of note is a Trading Post in the back section of the museum that offers some very fine Navajo textiles for sale as well as turquoise jewelry and other handmade items.
The volunteers manning the museum eagerly answered our questions about the exhibits and ones regarding hiking and scenic drives in the area.
While we wouldn’t say the museum is a “must do”, it is very informative and even offered up some quirky insights about Powell and other personalities from the early days of going down the mighty Colorado. The museum would probably be especially interesting for folks about to go on (or those who had already been on) their own rafting adventure. There is no entrance fee, but they do accept donations.
WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.