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Posted by on Mar 5, 2013 in North America, Utah | 9 comments

Let me show you Antelope Canyon

 

The small town of Page in Arizona is surrounded by many of America’s greatest natural rock formations. Page is situated north of the Grand Canyon and calls the Glen Canyon Recreation area its backyard playground. The Glen Canyon is really all part of the Grand Canyon yet in this part of the canyon you are free to take the boat out, go climbing, camping, jet skiing of just about any other outdoor activity you like.

The Glen Canyon Dam plays a major role in creating this playground, holding back the water. This dam is actually only a fraction smaller than America’s famous Hoover Dam. Just down the road from Page is an unassuming little gravel car park and a hiking trail to a place called Horseshoe Canyon. After a small hike (1.2 km) you will find possibly the best section of Canyon in the area, as you can see by the shot below!

 

Horseshoe Bend

 

Glen Canyon Dam

Glen Canyon Dam

 

Another little secret Page holds is that of Antelope Canyon which is a small slot canyon run by the local Navajo people. Jump on board one of their F250 trucks which have been modified in the back to carry herds of people out to the slot canyon. While the Navajo were not particularly gentle heading out to the canyon we did make it in one piece and it was worth it when we got inside to see the incredible formations.

 

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Waves of smooth rock wind about 30m end to end and gets quite tight at some points allowing only one person at a time. The tour groups run a couple of tours. The first is a standard tour which runs for 1 hour and costs $30 per person. Another tour os the photography tour which runs at the prime lighting time at 10:30am for 2 hours. This tour costs $50 and gives you the opportunity to see the light beams come down through the top of the slot and shine on the walls and floor.

 

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While I opted for this tour I soon discovered I could have simply jumped on a normal tour at this time. I thought the tour would be exclusive and that we would have the freedom to move all through the slot canyon, but discovered there were still normal groups running at the same time. On top of this, 2 hours is way too much time and the best light is between 10:30-11:30 so taking a normal tour at this time would be better and cheaper.

Anyway that’s enough from me, I’ll let the pictures tell the rest of the story. Enjoy!

 

Antelope Canyon

Antelope Canyon

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9 Comments

  1. Fabulous – you must’ve been reading my mind as I just changed my US trip itinerary yesterday to fit in a visit to Antelope Canyon! Will be there in mid April and can’t wait. Good tips about the timing and tours, will try to get the 11.30am tour.

    • You won’t regret it Lucy! Mid April should be great weather too. I think it is the 10:30 tour but check what time the ‘photo tour’ runs and just get a standard tour for that time 🙂

  2. It looks so magical! It’s like you can never get a bad shot and I especially love the 4th to the last pic. I wonder if people could camp in there. That would truly be an experience!

    • It really was hard to take a bad shot in a place like this. I wish you could camp there, what an experience it would be 🙂

  3. Stunning shots! And the idea of a guided tour sounds good, too, though I agree that two hours might be a little too much…

    • Thanks Miret, The tour is a good idea but far too long. You will have to get there one day 🙂

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