Lake Powell, Glen Canyon, and the area’s natural beauty would eventually attract millions of tourists. The young town’s economy would benefit tremendously from the influx of visitors, coming from all over the world for raft tours, boat rides, and fishing excursions.
Tourists visited the area for years before the construction of the Dam and creation of Lake Powell. Many early tourists were Colorado River runners who enjoyed the beauty of Glen Canyon before it was inundated by Lake Powell.
During the 1930s, a number of individuals began offering commercial river running services. Two of the earliest were Norman Nevills and Bus Hatch. After World War II, commercial river running boomed. Page later became the headquarters for several Colorado River running companies including Sanderson River Expeditions, and Diamond River Adventures.
During and after the construction of Glen Canyon Dam, Art Greene and his family established Canyon Tours, Inc., offering tours along the Colorado River and to Rainbow Bridge, and became an important part of the area’s tourism history and economy. Art Greene also started the first lodge and marina on Lake Powell, Wahweap Marina, which is still a popular tourist destination and important access point to the waters of Lake Powell.
Betty Jo Roundtree - First Visit to Wahweap
Ruth Baker - Wahweap Used to House Dam Builders
Flora Jones - First Boat in Area
Madeline Carver - Early Lake Boating, Lost Monuments
Bernice O'Neill - Early Tourists in Page
Dora Knight - Scenic Flights, Limo, Tours, Bus
Stan Jones - First Promotion of Lake - Book, Brochures, Map
June Sanderson - Early River Trips
Pat Diamond - Sanderson River Trips to Benefit Museum
Dick Barbar - First Rangers on Lake, Boating Safety, Hall's Crossing
Butch Farabee - Early Rainbow Bridge
Steve Ward - Changes in Tour Boats, "Rainbow Trail"
Rosalie Zufelt - Coming to Page from Wahweap