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Luxury Lake Yacht Rentals to Be Introduced at Lake Powell

A new level of luxury is coming to the magnificent Lake Powell with the addition of the new Axiom Star fleet, a one-of-a-kind collection of lake yachts. Beginning today, guests can book their summer vacation on one of Lake Powell Resorts & Marinas’ new lavish vessels.

“We are excited to offer our guests the opportunity to explore Lake Powell aboard a luxury lake yacht. We believe our new fleet will change the future of the boating vacation experience,” said Bruce W. Fears, president of Aramark Parks and Destinations.

The 65-foot Axiom Star fleet is available for a minimum seven-day rental during the summer and a minimum five-day rental for the rest of the year. The vessels are an ultimate indulgence with the amenities of a high-end home. Each Axiom Star is equipped with four staterooms, a screened-in, private upper deck, and luxuries including a state-of-the-art kitchen, an eight-person hot tub and flat screen televisions. Also included with rental are piloting services to various beaches and the guest’s choice of a powerboat or two personal watercrafts.

“There is new energy and excitement at Lake Powell with the arrival of the Axiom Star vessels,” said Eric Johnson, vice president of operations for Aramark Parks and Destinations. “With its stunning natural splendor, Lake Powell is the ideal setting for this type of luxurious experience.”

To be among the first to experience an Axiom Star voyage, visit www.lakepowell.com/axiom-star or call 888-896-3829. For the latest news and information, like Axiom Star on Facebook or follow the on Twitter.

Top 5 Weekend Destinations (Spring-Summer 2012)

Top 5: Weekend Destinations (Spring-Summer 2012)

The Top 5 Weekend Destinations — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Canyon de Chelly

Visitor Center is 3 miles from Route 191 in Chinle
Chinle, AZ 86503
The cultural resources of Canyon de Chelly include distinctive architecture, artifacts, and rock imagery while exhibiting remarkable preservation integrity that provides outstanding opportunities for study and contemplation.

Grand Canyon Railway

233 N. Grand Canyon Blvd., Williams, AZ 86046
Book your Grand Canyon
vacation online and enjoy
historic train travel on one of four classes of service on a vintage train from Williams to Grand Canyon National Park.

Lake Powell

P.O. Box 1507,
Page, AZ 86040
More than 400 feet deep, 150 miles long with nearly 2,000 miles of shoreline. Spectacular rock canyons, sand beaches and activities such as boating, fishing, swimming, hiking or four-wheel driving.


P.O. Box 1866,
Tubac, AZ 85646
Tubac has a 250-year-old Spanish history. Tubac is the perfect shoppers’ paradise with more than 80 galleries and shops that feature hand-crafted items, sculpture, paintings, clothing and some of Southern Arizona’s
best import shops.


523 W. Second St.,
Winslow, AZ 86047
Take just a moment to stop and look around, and you’ll discover a whole new dimension to this unique Western city. Winslow is home to The Standin’ on the Corner Park, which has become a draw for music fans who remember the line “standin on the corner in Winslow Arizona,” from the No. 1 hit “Take It Easy,” by the Eagles.

Experience AZ Spring-Summer 2012

Lake Powell

Lake Powell: A Great Day, Or Week, Vacation Destination

Northern Arizona seems to have notoriety for its giant canyon, and almost to a fault, other smaller places don’t get as much fame. I am here to tell you that Lake Powell is quite an experience that allows for a full day of activity or even a full week — based on your time allotment and discretionary income.

On one of our many weekend excursions, my family and I decided to rent a boat on Lake Powell and spend the day traveling to its many beaches and breathtaking rock formations. When I say family, I am including my wife, mother-in-law, sister-in-law, brother-in-law, nephew and our two little dachshunds. So we had a good size group for this outing.

Luckily we had a copy of “Experience Arizona” that featured Arizona’s marinas and found out that Wahweap Marina was just five miles from where we were staying. We called and made our reservation for the day.

After checking in at the marina and getting our boat, we were off on our own excursion with Captain Firle at the helm. Wahweap Marina had provided us with a map earlier of the most popular sites for boaters. We decided to find our own way, and after about 15 minutes on open water, we found a beach waiting for us that had no other inhabitants. The beach offered up views of skiers and tubers passing by with a tall rock formation back drop. It was a great spot to spend the day playing in the water and relaxing under our canopy.

After eating lunch in our own little oasis, we decided to hop on the boat and motor around for photo opportunities. The great thing about Lake Powell is that there is no shortage of room on the lake; every boater has his/her own space, and it truly makes for a majestic trip.

After about 45 minutes of travel, photos and swimming in the middle of the lake next to the boat we returned to our beach site for more rest and relaxation. A few hours had passed and so did many games of water football and toss. As the sun began to dip behind the rock formations, we were reminded that our day was sadly coming to an end. We packed up all our fun equipment and headed back to the marina.

Lake Powell has many offerings for every type of visitor, whether you want to rent a speedboat for the day or a house boat for several weeks. So even if your stay is for just a day or for an entire week, you’ll still have a great time with family and friends out on the lake.

For more information about Lake Powell, visit lakepowell.com.

Antelope Canyon

The Beauty Within Antelope Canyon

The most photographed and most visited slot canyon in the American Southwest calls Page Arizona near Lake Powell home. Within the 120-foot walls of the stunning Antelope Canyon lies a sacred and spiritual place on the LeChee Chapter land of the Navajo Nation.

Divided into two parts, Upper and Lower Canyon, you are greeted with spectacles unimaginable as light shoots onto the canyon floor illuminating the sandstone- and limestone-mixed walls painted by nature in radiating hues of warm tans, rustic oranges and sun-burnt reds. As many choose to hike the canyon, it serves as a haven for the photographer in you, as the beauty within the canyon practically places one-of-a-kind photo opportunities in front of your lens.

The Upper part of the canyon received the Navajo name of Tse’ bighanilini, meaning, “the place where water runs through rocks.” This portion of the canyon is highly visited due to it being on ground level requiring minimal hiking or climbing by its visitors. This half of the canyon is an ideal location for capturing the radiating sunbeams filling the canyon as they occur most often in the Upper Canyon. The attraction of the alluring shafts of light is best viewed from mid-March through early October.

The Navajo named the Lower Canyon, Hasdestwazí, meaning, “spiral rock arches.” This half of the canyon requires more hiking and climbing via the installed stairways and ladders along with the canyon walls that take on a “V” shape. Although this portion of the canyon does not attract as many photo-hungry patrons as the Upper Canyon, it does boast sites less commonly photographed with much less fellow visitors. Lighting in this half of the canyon is best in the early and late afternoon.

Within the unique canyon that nature continues to create is the world’s highest natural bridge spanning approximately 275 ft., 42 ft. thick and 33 ft. wide. This spectacle that takes place outside the canyon walls has appropriately taken the name Rainbow Bridge Trail.

As the surrounding desert landscape is no stranger to flash flooding caused by seasonal monsoon rainstorms, the canyon walls have been carved out over time to create this truly breathtaking space and patterned walls that many flock to year-round to view. Known to the Navajo as a sacred place, being inside the canyon walls is much like being in a cathedral; the sight is simply moving and the experience is ever lasting.

To visit this hidden Arizona gem and have it come to life right in front of your eyes, it is best to schedule a tour ahead of time. In that, be prepared with the newly enforced time limit of two-hours inside both the Lower and Upper Antelope Canyon. Many of the guided tours second as an instructional photo tour allowing you to capture the best images within the canyon.

To learn more about Antelope Canyon and schedule your tour, visit antelopeslotcanyon.com.