Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Antelope Canyon & Horseshoe Bend

Last Saturday while up in Flagstaff we got up at like 6 AM to make the 2 hour drive to Page to see Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon. We picked up some Starbucks and hit the road. It was a long 2 hour drive because the speed limit is not as high as it is from Phoenix to Flagstaff but we kept ourselves entertained. None of us had ever done this before and all of us had just barely heard about it so we didn't know too much about what we were getting in to. We did choose to narrow the morning down to just lower antelope canyon because the tour is cheaper ($28/person). You do have to use a guided tour to enter the slot canyon. I was unable to reserve a tour because they were all booked and there was a long line to get into the parking lot for Antelope Canyon so I was worried when we got up there around 9:30 but we were able to get on a later tour so it worked out well. So if you want to go but the tours are all booked online, I would still go but just make sure you get there early. We hung out and I bought little Native American gifts for the girls since Antelope Canyon is on the Navajo nation. We started our tour a little over an hour later which included about a 15 minute walk in the sand to the ladder that goes 80-100 feet into the slot canyon. The stairs were super steep but it was definitely worth it. The slot canyon was amazing. We had a great tour guide named Savannah and despite some annoying French tourists, it was amazing. You walk through the canyon for about 45 minutes so it is a lot longer than you would think. There are constantly lots of people down there but you can still get amazing pictures and they do a good job of managing everyone. The pictures and video don't do it justice. It was soo cool and definitely worth the drive. After the tour we had to stop for some Navajo tacos and it definitely hit the spot. On our way out of Page we also stopped to see Horseshoe Bend. It is about a 1.5 mile roundtrip hike/walk but also totally worth it. I am not super afraid of heights but it was even a little freaky for me. There is no fence or anything like they have at the Grand Canyon. There were lots of tourists there but we still got some great pictures and I am so glad I got to see it. Below are some pictures and a little video from the go pro!



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Our tour guide took this for us. I had no idea you could do a vertical panoramic picture.
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this is called Rocky Mountain Sunrise.

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This is Lady in the Win or Pocahontas. Also, that is definitely bird poop in the bottom right corner.
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little archway

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probably one of my favorite pictures, exiting the slot canyon
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They are hungry but it was worth the wait. Dreaming about that fry bread!
 
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walking out to see Horseshoe Bend
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so insanely beautiful
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Even he scared me a little getting so close to the edge
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so glad we got to see this.
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