Next on our road trip list was Grand Canyon and Antelope Canyon. And let me tell you that Antelope Canyon is a place so unreal, that it’s impossible to believe it’s real!
Antelope Canyon is located in Page, Arizona. We drove around 4-5 hours from Vegas just to see this place and it was sooo worth it! This incredible canyon has been created over many thousands of years by the relentless forces of water and wind, slowly carving and sculpting the sandstone into forms, textures, and shapes.
Once there, you need to book a tour in order to enter the canyon. There are 2 companies that are doing tours there: Dixie Ellis Tours and Ken’s Tours. We were there at 8:30-9am but the tickets were almost sold out already at both companies. Luckily, we caught 2 tickets for 12:30 tour. Learn from my HUGE mistake and book your tickets before your visit.
We visited the Lower Antelope Canyon, which is harder to hike through since you must climb down and up stairs and ladders while Upper Antelope Canyon is on the same level. While I was reading about which one to visit, I read different opinions that Upper Canyon is more “photogenic”. Upper has more natural light streaming in, and if you go at the right time of day, you can capture rays of light pouring into the canyon. Because of these reasons, Upper Canyon is more expensive and more crowded. Lower Canyon is equally beautiful, offering excellent opportunities for photographs in a supposedly much less crowded space.
Our tour was about an hour. They don’t allow food, drinks, GoPros, tripods, or backpacks. You walk out a little way into the desert until suddenly, there is a hole in the ground where the canyon begins. There is a series of steep stairs that lead down into the narrow canyon. Once you’re down to the bottom, you walk along the path, curving along and staring up at the gorgeous walls.
The tours tend to move quite fast, but the guides are pretty good at letting you pause to marvel and take pictures. They even offer to take pictures of you at especially scenic spots. Take your time, and take it all in otherwise you will still think it’s all a dream. Once you have walked the length of the canyon, your guide will lead you out and back to the parking lot of the visitor’s center.
Horseshoe Bend is not to be missed on your trip to the Lower Antelope Canyon. Since we had to wait until our tour started, we went to visit it. Horseshoe Bend features a 270 degree curved view of the Colorado River. The river flows from the right side of your view, completely around the bend, and exits to the left.
You can park your vehicle at the base of the hill (there’s plenty of parking space). Then, walk up the quick twenty minutes to see the Bend. Consider wearing sunglasses and maybe a scarf as the walk up tends to be extremely dusty due to the wind and sandy surroundings.
After spending half a day at Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon take the two hour drive down to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. The drive is stunning and leaves you with many opportunities to pull to the side of the road for additional photos. But the real beauty comes when you enter the gates of the canyon and stop at one of the viewpoints. There is nothing more majestic or surreal than your first time looking out at the Grand Canyon.
After a few stops for pictures, sunset came. And you wouldn’t want to miss any sunsets or sunrises while you are here. We wish we had more time to spend at the Grand Canyon, but it is still on our list of places to visit. Next time for sure we will do some hikes as well!
Have you visited Antelope Canyon or Grand Canyon? What did you think of this spectacular places? Share your stories below!
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