Antelope Canyons and Horseshoe Bend

Be ready to be amazed by what you see – the only magician here is the sun working its magic on the Navajo Sandstone of the canyons. Sunlight bounce back and forth across the canyon walls creating a dazzling display of color.

Where

Antelope canyon is a slot canyon located on Navajo land east of Page, Arizona. It includes both the Upper Antelope canyon or The Crack, and the Lower Antelope canyon or The Corkscrew.
Horseshoe bend is a horseshoe-shaped bend of the Colorado river.

Tours

Entry to Antelope canyons is restricted to guided tours only. Here’s a list of tour guides. It is recommended to book your tour in advance, especially during summer when it gets very busy.

When visiting this place the only thing to keep in mind is the tour time. Do not book an early morning tour in winter when sunrise is after 7am, and there is hardly any light penetrating into the canyons. Also, check the weather in advance. Skip the tour on cloudy or rainy days. Remember: these canyons are prone to flash-floods.

Upper antelope canyon

Upper antelope canyon is like a cave with an exit; it requires no climbing and the entire length is at ground level. Upper canyon is known for the beams occurring during summer months. We took the tour with Antelope canyon tours. The whole tour was a bit rushed compared to the Lower canyon tours, plus the guide was impatient.

Lower antelope canyons

Lower antelope canyons are my favorite. These canyons are somewhat longer than the upper canyons, narrower at certain spots, and requires climbing installed stairways. To get into the canyon you climb down metal stairways. The exit from the canyon is what looks like coming out from a crack in the earth. We took  Ken’s tours to tour lower canyons. It was fabulous!

The famous Horseshoe bend is located 4miles southwest of Page. The hike from the parking lot to the steep cliff is approximately 1.5 miles round trip.

You can get good pics when the sun is right up at noon. Sunrise is opposite to the bend with the light falling only on top while other areas remain in shadow, darkened.

On the second day we did a half day smooth water motorized rafting trip in Glen canyon with Colorado River Discovery. There are no rapids. This rafting trip gives you just another perspective of the canyon. Trip begins with a 2mile ride down the Glen canyon dam access tunnel and goes till Horseshoe bend. There is also a brief stop to check out ancient petroglyphs.

Don’t forget to explore the areas around Lake Powell. A short hike on the Hanging garden trail in the Glen canyon, approximately 1 mile round trip, will give you great photography opportunities with access to areas where there’s hardly anybody around.

(We visited Antelope canyons in the last week of November)

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